Axel-In-Charge: Navigating the "Civil War II" Landscape, Bringing DMC to Marvel
We knew that it was an uphill battle for Jack Kirby’s estate to reclaim the copyright on the characters he created for Marvel, and today a judge sent them back down the hill with her decision to grant Marvel’s request for summary judgment on the case, thereby stating that Jack Kirby did, in fact, create these characters for Marvel on a “work for hire” basis.
This is what I figured would happen when I first heard about the case, but I’ll admit that the lawyers for the Kirby estate did a strong job arguing with what they had to work with. Still, the evidence that Kirby’s work was “work for hire” was just too strong.
Friday night, the Eisner Awards were announced, and I think that the voters did a fine job. It was too bad that our own Line it is Drawn artist Caanan Grall did not pick up an Eisner, but the webcomic that won, Karl Kerschl’s brilliant Abomindable Charles Christopher is, well, brilliant, so at least Caanan lost to a worthy opponent!
Meanwhile, Comic Book Resources won its second Eisner Award! Congratulations to Jonah Weiland and, I suppose, all of us at this here blog, right?
For the full list, check out the Eisner Awards page here.
It took five issues the last time Jim Lee drew Batman to pit the Caped Crusader against the Man of Tomorrow, but the idea is so neat that it appears to be showing up in the second issue of the new Justice League!
We have lost another comic book great, as the legendary Gene Colan has passed away at the age of 84.
Besides being an amazing comic book artist, I personally corresponded with Mr. Colan on a few occasions, and he was a really generous and intelligent fellow.
My condolences to his friends and family.
I repeat, a good thing.
Kieron Gillen writing one book and Jason Aaron writing the other book? While Aaron presumably continues writing Wolverine? When you add in the other strong writers on the X-Books, like Rememder, Liu and David, and it is a good time to be an X-Fan.
So if Marvel feels they need to re-launch Uncanny X-Men at #1, it is not a big deal. Especially since they can always just re-number it at #600 to satisfy those who like to see their books hit big numbers.
Ed Brubaker’s Captain America run.
Kurt Busiek and George Perez’s Avengers run.
Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev’s Daredevil run.
Did it really affect anyone’s enjoyment of those stories that they took place in re-numbered titles? No way. It is not a big deal. Getting Kieron Gillen and Jason Aaron to write your two ongoing X-Men titles? That IS a big deal.
We already knew what they were going to be, so it was not AS big of a deal, but still, some interesting stuff announced today, including the highly anticipated news about Grant Morrison writing Action Comics #1 (so awesome!) with artist Rags Morales.
Gail Simone has a piece at her message board about the end of Secret Six. You can read it here. It is too bad. I will miss it!
Apparently, the esteemed team behind Dark Reign: Zodiac will be taking over Image’s Haunt in September. And, right there, Todd McFarlane has produced the best new creative team announcement for a September comic book that I’ve seen all week.
I like artist Marco Rudy and I really don’t know enough about writer Adam Glass to make a judgment either way, but I can say that the cover of the new Suicide Squad title (starring Harley Quinn, King Shark and Deadshot) is not exactly my cup of tea…
When DC made a point of talking about their character diversity, you would think that Blue Beetle would have been a bit of a lock. As one of the few prominent Hispanic superheroes, Jaime Reyes would be a good choice for a book (not to mention that Jaime Reyes is a good character, period).
It’ll be by Tony Bedard and Ig Guara (with inker Ruy Jose – is it just me or are inkers getting a bit short shrift in some of these announcements? Unless a lot of pencilers are inking themselves, which certainly IS possible).
I am glad that Beetle is getting his own book.
Before they presumably announce their plans for Superman tomorrow (it better involve Morrison!), DC decided to give us one last really odd mixture of titles, in what I like to call WWW: Wildstorm, War and Western comics.
And there are some major surprises mixed in there!
It is not that the new ongoing series that DC has revealed already have been boring or anything, as they have not, but a goodly percentage of them were just the return of comics that were already being put out by DC (Birds of Prey, Detective Comics, Batman, Batman: Dark Knight, Flash, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, etc.).
That changed with Tuesday’s batch of #1’s, with eight new titles, NONE of which were returning DCU titles, with only a handful of them having been ongoing series before at ALL! Not only that, but these are some top of the line creators doing some very interesting sounding new comics!
Let’s take a look!
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It is a shame that we’ll only be getting a 12-issue maxi-series by Morrison and Chris Burnham to wrap things up.
However, we will be getting a 12-issue maxi-series by Morrison and Burnham, so, well, you know, yay!!!
Here is Morrison on the news:
Batman, Incorporated will continue through to Issue #10 and August’s shocking season finale that changes the Batman status quo yet again. The series will take a brief hiatus while I work on a major new project to be announced shortly. Batman, Incorporated returns next year with me, Chris Burnham and Batman: Leviathan, the epic 12 part conclusion to my 6 year Batman saga. Don’t miss it!
It is cool to see Bat-Wing get his own comic, too (Judd Winick and Ben Oliver as the creative team).
As per DC’s The Source.
I would think that Grant Morrison would be able to write around this, but perhaps not. I really don’t like the idea of this possibly interfering with Morrison’s work. Let’s hope that is not the case!
Kyle Higgins is the co-writer of the nifty Gates of Gotham mini-series out right now, so I’m optimistic about him as the new writer of Nightwing. Eddy Barrows is a fine artist, so I have no real problem there.
Really, we’re just waiting on Batman, Inc. news.
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