INTERVIEW: DiDio & Lee on "Dark Knight 3," Vertigo's Future & DC's Evolving Readership
I can’t help but imagine that the Top 100 Storylines list (that you can vote on right here) and last year’s Top 100 Comic Book Runs list wouldn’t be noticeably different had people had easy access to Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman’s Miracleman stories that have been stuck out of print for two decades. So Marvel finally being able to reprint the Miracleman work of Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman is major news and when you toss in Neil Gaiman finishing his aborted run on the book? One of the biggest and coolest announcements from New York Comic Con so far.
Question, though, do you think Marvel will end all of this with the addition of Miracleman to the Marvel Universe, a la Angela joining the Marvel Universe (through one of those pesky temporal rifts from the Age of Ultron)? Or do you think that they’ll keep the Miracleman line separate?
EDITED TO ADD: My pal Third Man suggests it is only Neil Gaiman’s work that is being reprinted, so I edited the piece accordingly.
EDITED AGAIN TO ADD: Tom Brevoort has confirmed that they are reprinting the ENTIRE run, Moore included! Awesomeness!
I’ll admit, the fact that the new Quantum and Woody reboot wasn’t by Christopher Priest and M.D. Bright really squelched a lot of my enthusiasm for the return of those characters, even though I enjoy the work of the writer and the artist on the new series (James Asmus and Tom Fowler, respectively). It just didn’t seem right to not have those two guys involved in Quantum and Woody. So now that Valiant is going to have Priest and Bright do a new Quantum and Woody mini-series set in the old continuity I am totally pumped.
The early looks at the new pages from the mini-series look good….
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Yes, I’m probably the last comic book fan on the planet to see this movie, but I did yesterday, and I have questions! So, yeah, SPOILERS ahead. I’m totally serious, here, people!
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As you might have heard by now, DC made a pretty clear statement today about how they will be handling the “DC Universe” in the foreseeable future. Their ongoing comics appear to be limited to 52 ongoings at a time, so if they launch a new title, that means a current title has to come to an end.
They are launching six new titles: Batman Incorporated, Dial H, Justice Society of America, World’s Finest, Ravagers and GI Combat.
Therefore, the six canceled titles are: OMAC, Mister Terrific, Static Shock, Men of War, Blackhawks and Hawk and Dove.
A few notes about these various moves…
1. When DC launched the new 52, they made a point to stress the diversity of the line. So it is notable that of the six canceled titles, they include two of their three titles starring African-American leads (four counting their African lead, Batwing) and their only Asian-American lead character.
2. With Justice Society and World’s Finest (which will star the Earth-2 Huntress and Power Girl), we also have total confirmation that Earth-2 exists. That should be interesting. It is cool to see Paul Levitz get a shot to write the original Huntress. And George Perez and Kevin Maguire swapping arcs? Awesome! Plus, it will be interesting to if James Robinson can re-create that Golden Age magic with the Justice Society (having a strong artist like Nicola Scott certainly helps!).
3. Ravagers brings Howard Mackie back to ongoing mainstream comic book work. The New 52 has seen a number of veteran writers return to regular work – Scott Lobdell, Ann Nocenti, Tom DeFalco and now Mackie.
4. China Miéville is going to be writing Dial H. It sounds like an interesting pitch.
I am sure you all have plenty of kneejerk reactions that you are dying to voice, so have at it! What are your thoughts on this announcement?
Two roads diverged in a wood, and Walking Dead took the one less traveled by. SPOILERS for last night’s episode, “Pretty Much Dead Already” as well as for issues #1-91 of the Walking Dead comic book ahead!!
Wow, I don’t think ANYONE could have predicted THAT!
Ann Nocenti is returning to monthly comics for the first time since the mid 1990s to take over Green Arrow from the interim writing team of Keith Giffen and Dan Jurgens (who presumably chose to stick with Superman when that position opened up).
Click the above link to read a really charming interview with Nocenti. I love the approach she is taking to it all. She is really and truly fresh to the character and it is fascinating to see her sort of work through ideas as she speaks to the interviewer. She plans on taking Ollie out on the road, and I imagine fans of her Daredevil run fondly remember the storyline where she took Daredevil out on the road.
And, obviously, it is interesting to see another female writer get hired to do an ongoing for DC. I wonder who will draw the book?
With the official word now confirming what we all knew was about a 99% certainty (I think I even went with 100% certainty at one point), that Clark Kent and Lois Lane’s marriage will be erased with the reboot, something I find myself thinking is, “Wait, they were married?”
We are nearing the finish of a two-year span where the Clark Kent/Lois Lane marriage was featured with extreme infrequency (heck, two years according to the comics – it’s actually been longer than that, right?). First, Superman goes to New Krypton for a year. When he returns, he goes on the road for a year.
Think about that for a moment, two VERY different sets of Superman writers with VERY different ideas of what to do with the Superman title, both came up with the SAME idea – separate Superman from Lois Lane for a year. Then, when planning the new DC reboot, Dan DiDio talks to the incoming Superman writers, and THEY also want to separate Superman from Lois Lane. And again, we’re talking a goodly variety of creative types here, and they are all coming to the same conclusion – Superman works best as, if not a LONER exactly, certainly somewhat disconnected from the rest of society (the dude has a Fortress of Solitude, for crying out loud!). While I personally never had a problem with the marriage (heck, I was okay with the Peter/MJ marriage, too), I can certainly see where the creators are coming from, and I am totally supportive of this decision.
Also, early Superman stories in Action Comics and current Superman stories in Superman? Sounds like a plan (although I still can’t get behind the armor).
I was talking to my pal Jake the other day, and he was complaining about the relative treatment from online fans about Tim Drake and Damian Wayne. He noted that Tim Drake appears to be disproportionally popular on the internet, and he felt that Damian Wayne’s initial treatment of Tim (not to mention the fact that he effectively replaced Tim) is what made so many fans hostile towards Damian online (at least at first. Eventually the awesomeness of Damian Wayne has won over most people).
I have noticed the same thing, that Tim Drake does seem to be a bit of a “sacred cow” on the ‘net. Jake had an interesting theory about this in relation to Tim’s origin.
As we all know, the idea of a kid sidekick was done so that kids reading the comics would have someone to associate with in the comic. You know, sort of like audience insertion in the story. Of course, as (I want to say Mark Waid, but it might have been Marv Wolfman or I might have just imagined that I read it entirely) rightly noted, the kids probably didn’t need to have a kid to see themselves as, as they already were seeing themselves as Batman! But still, that was the idea, at least, give someone for the kids reading the books to identify with (and obviously it was a popular idea, as young sidekicks or groups of young boys soon became all the rage in comic books of the early 1940s).
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If you used to work for Wizard, and they fired you, I can see how you would enjoy some schadenfreude at the magazine announcing that they are closing down. That makes sense to me.
Otherwise, why the heck would anyone else be happy about a magazine about comic books closing down and a bunch of people losing their jobs?
We see this a lot, like stuff like this is a zero sum game. “If book/magazine I don’t like gets canceled, then that is a net positive for me,” when it really is not – it does not affect you at all.
Feel free to not enjoy Wizard or Toy Fare, but to be openly pleased about them going out of business? That doesn’t seem right to me.
I’ll eventually review the issue in question (I’m thinking of just doing a big ol’ review on Hickman’s whole run), but I just wanted to make a note about the death in today’s Fantastic Four #587 (don’t read any further if you don’t want to be spoiled about who dies in the issue)…
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Here’s a couple of bits o’ business I figured here is as good a place to address as any.
First off, commenter T. wanted me to link to this piece on Kerry Callen’s blog where he mixes the stories of DC during the 1960s (wacky weird stuff happening to the heroes) with the stories of Marvel at the same time (melodrama).
Very cute stuff.
Secondly, Manny Aguilera sent me a finished piece of his Deadman meets the Ghostbusters for this month’s Reader Art Gallery, but I didn’t see the attachment before I put the gallery up.
So here it is, in its finished glory…
Check out Manny’s website here.
Don MacPherson has an interesting editorial up about the news that Wizard has purchased another convention to add to the 10 cons they already had in their Wizard World family of conventions.
Do you agree with Don’s reservations?
Boy, talk about being torn!
Andy Diggle is doing fabulous work on Thunderbolts right now, so it’s a shame to see him go, but Jeff Parker is a very good comic book writer, as well, so I guess it is good news!
It’s a BIT of a shame, though, to see Parker seemingly taking over Diggle’s story rather than starting his own (Ellis started fresh with his run, as did Diggle).
Still, it’s nice to see the book maintain a strong continuity of top level writers working on it.
Did I miss the reason why Diggle is leaving? Did he get a new book that I don’t remember (besides Daredevil, as I would imagine he can write at least two books a month)?
It’s rare to see a news story this big that has such a gaping hole in what most fans want to know about the story.
Marvel now, apparently, owns the rights to Marvelman, after working out a deal with Mick Anglo, creator of Marvelman.
That, in and of itself, is notable, of course.
However, the thing everyone really wants to know is what this means for the Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman stories, and Marvel, reasonably enough, has been mum on that.
So we have this weird situation where we have a “big” story, but no one knows the key part of the story.
Because while, sure, it’s big news for Marvel to now have Marvelman, but if you don’t have the Moore or Gaiman stories, it’s sort of like announcing that you have Morpheus, but not the rights to print Gaiman’s Sandman or Rorschach, but not the rights to print Watchmen, or V, but not the rights to print V for Vendetta, etc.
There are a lot of various people who need to give their permission to have these old issues reprinted, and while I am sure that when all is said and done, we WILL see those earlier issues (especially the Gaiman/Buckingham issues), it’s interesting to note that we haven’t heard word of it yet.
Don MacPherson has an interesting post looking at Radical Comics’ new comic book, Incarnate, which is written by Gene Simmons’ son, Nick, and was promoted on the Simmons family reality show, Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels, as well as on A&E’s website.
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