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THE FIRST NEWS POST OF 2015! Featuring lots of Movie News and the Death of Deadpool!

Welcome to the first post on comic book news and happenings for the new year.  There’s lots to talk about, so let’s dig in….

MOON KNIGHT UPDATES.  Cullen Bunn is taking over the writing chores for Moon Knight in March, following a run by Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey that topped many peoples’ “best of 2014” lists.  In the interim, Brian Wood and Greg Smallwood have been filling in with strong material, but it’s nothing that would blow your mind, and it’s very different from the Ellis/Shalvey stuff.  Bunn, along with a new artist (Ron Ackins), promises to follow on to what Ellis was doing.  I kind of wish they’d shelved the series for a bit to allow the Ellis stuff to sink in—it was truly groundbreaking, in the sense that nobody seems to be doing hardcore, done-in-one action stories that don’t “matter” in the grand Marvel Universe sense.  Bunn has said that Marvel editorial wants the book to continue to stand on its own—so at least we have that going for us.

BUT WARREN ELLIS ISN’T GONE FROM MARVEL FOREVER…In February, he’ll cowrite Captain Marvel with regular author Kelly Sue DeConnick.  It will be issues #12 and 13.  I was a big fan of the prior DeConnick-penned Captain Marvel, but since she went into outer space in the “Now” reboot I haven’t cared for it.

THE RETURN OF EVIL DEAD.  Yeah, it’s been rumored before (and before and before), but this time it’s true: Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell are returning, together, for another chapter in the franchise.  And this time, it’s a TV series.  On Starz.  Ten half-hour episodes of “Ash Vs. Evil Dead” are promised to arrive in 2015.  They will take place 30 years after “Army of Darkness.”

DEADPOOL, GAMBIT AND OTHERS GET DATES.  FOX Studios has staked out February 12, 2016, as the release date for Wade Wilson’s solo film…Just in time for Valentine’s Day!  FOX also staked out October 7, 2016, for a Gambit movie, which means there will be three (X-Men: Apocalypse) Marvel mutant movies coming out in 2016.  Stack ‘em up alongside Batman v. Superman, Captain America: Civil War, Suicide Squad, Sinister Six (if that’s still a go), and Dr. Strange, and you’ve got a record number of comic book movies in a single year.  Unless you look at 2017, which has even more superhero flicks coming out: Fantastic Four 2, Wolverine 3, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Wonder Woman, Thor 3, Black Panther, Justice League, and two Spider-Man spin offs (again, if Sony is still moving forward with this, which doesn’t appear to be a certainty).  And that doesn’t count all the inevitable indie books that will get big screen treatments!  It’s a great time to have grown up a nerd!

JUST IN TIME FOR DEADPOOL TO DIE.  Marvel will kill Deadpool in the forty-fifth issue of his current series (which is generally terrible), which will be renumbered Deadpool #250 in recognition of all the other issues of any “Deadpool” titled series preceding it.  I guess.  A lot of the fun of the numbering jokes is gone now that Marvel is restarting issue counts every few years on all its titles.  We’re looking at the possibility of a soft reboot of the entire Marvel Universe in a few months, so it’s time to start killing characters off.  Seriously.  I’m all for it.  I thought this was an opportunity DC really missed out on when it jammed everything into “Flashpoint.”  They should have let the creators end each of their titles in a meaningful way, either with death or marriage or even riding off into the sunset.  They could have sold a lot more comics, I think.

ALSO, THE END OF THE AVENGERS.  No, not really.  Just Avengers and New Avengers.  They’re ending in April, which we all expected, as the stories combine into the new “Secret Wars” comic which promises tons of tie-ins.  No word on whether the (vastly inferior) Uncanny Avengers or Captain America and the Avengers books will end, but I’m pretty sure Secret Avengers is drawing to a close (the storyline seems to be ending).  As I just mentioned in the previous item, expect a lot of this kind of thing from Marvel in the first half of 2015 as the entire line is re(booted or organized, can’t tell which).

IDW/TOP SHELF MERGER.  IDW, publisher of books like Locke and Key and 30 Days of Night, as well as succesfull licensed books like GI Joe, Transformers, and My Little Pony, just bought up Top Shelf, which has a more eclectic and artsy portfolio including well-reviewed and award-winning books like League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Jeff Lemire’s Essex County, Infinite Kung Fu, and Paul Tobin’s Gingerbread Girl.  Top Shelf will continue to operate as a distinct publication banner, but it wil now be an imprint of IDW.  It’s a strange marriage, since many people have done their most interesting work for Top Shelf and…Nobody has ever done their best work with IDW.  But due to its many licensed properties, IDW is one of the top 5 comic book publishers in terms of market share.  (To put that in perspective, though, DC and Marvel control about 80% and Image has 10%.)  IDW’s strength may help Top Shelf books reach a wider, well-deserved audience.

UNCANNY INHUMANS.  The Marvel Cinematic Universification of Marvel’s comics continues, as the adjective most associated with mutants is transferred to the Inhumans, which is the group dominating Marvel’s TV universe right now.  Yeah, the Inhumans movie isn’t coming until 2018, but Charles Soule and Steve McNiven will debut an Uncanny Inhumans comic book in April.  Soule will continue to write “Inhuman” as well, which means Marvel will have two monthly Inhumans books on the market.  And yes, this is how the X-Men franchise started to grow as well.

DC CONVERGENCE.  Okay, I guess I’m slow on the uptake, but is anyone else worried that DC’s “biggest event ever” (since its last biggest event ever) is being written by a guy who has never written a comic, and who writes bad TV shows like Models, Inc.; Relic Hunter; and Dinosapien?

AND FINALLY, iZOMBIE IS FINALLY COMING!  In March, the CW will debut Rob “Veronica Mars” Thomas’ new series, based on the great Vertigo comic.  I’ve been binge-watching Veronica Mars, and I’m loving that show.  If iZombie is half as good, I’ll be satisfied.



You might have heard that Image threw its annual press-the-flesh-with-the-press party recently.  Here’s a few of the most interesting things to look forward to from the world’s most interesting comic book publisher (at least lately)….


10.  REVENGEANCE.  It’s Darwyn Cooke, so that’s all you really need to know.  But if you want more: It’s a 3-issue noir miniseries set in 1980s Toronto.
9.  MONSTRESS.  World War One Europe is ravaged by Godzilla, written by Marjorie Liu (of Marvel’s X-23) and illustraed by Sana Takeda, whose work is usually breathtaking.
8.  STARVE.  Now that The Massive is over, Brian Wood (and artist Danijel Zezelj) can turn to a story about a celebrity chef in a poverty-stricken future where food is scarce.  Wood creates “future worlds” better than just about anyone (see also: DMZ), so for me this is a must-read.  I’m also looking forward to BLACK ROAD, another Brian Wood joint, previously announced, about Vikings—reminiscent of another Viking comic he did a few years back, “Northlanders,” which was very good.  So high hopes on this one, too.
7.  WE STAND GUARD.  It’s (yet another) tale of the future, but it’s written by Brian K. Vaughan who, quite frankly, has never written anything that wasn’t worth reading.
6.  A.D.: AFTER DEATH.  Written by Scott Snyder and illustrated by Jeff Lemire.  Yes, that’s right.  Two of the best creators of creator-owned material, teaming up on a story about a future where humans have cured death.  Possibly inspired by Snyder’s work on Batman (it sounds a little like R’as Al Gul), but it also sounds a bit like the absolutely brilliant original graphic novel by J.O. Jeppson titled, “The Last Immortal,” which was one of the deepest comics I’ve ever read.
5.  PLUTONA.  Lemire will also be writing for Image—a comic about five kids who find a dead body…Of a superhero!  It’s an idea so wacky I can’t believe it hasn’t been done yet.
4.  PAPER GIRLS.  Brian K. Vaughan.  Cliff Chiang.  There’s no way it sin’t good, and I could care less what it’s about.  (It’s about girls who deliver newspapers in the suburbs.)  My only fear is that with so many new projects, Vaughan doesn’t fall behind on Saga.
3.  INJECTION.  The folks behind one of last year’s most celebrated Marvel comics (Moon Knight, see below), will get back together for a new sci fi series that’s got something to do with archaeology (shades of Planetary?).  Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire (one of the few colorists whose work is so extraordinary that I always notice it) might have dumped Moon Knight for this, so let’s hope it’s as great as its creative team.
2.  I HATE FAIRYLAND.  Skottie Young’s comic about a kid stuck in a land of fairies who can’t grow up past the age of eight, so she takes an axe and starts chopping shit up.  Look at that cover, and add this to your pull list.
1.  PHONOGRAM.  The next volume in this brilliant series.


Another year over, and a new one just begun.  In 2014, we saw quite a few bright spots in the comic book world.  Image earned double-digit market share participation, which forced Marvel to up its game and release corporate titles that almost feel creator owned, such as She-Hulk, Black Widow, and Secret Avengers (all followed the rampant success of Hawkeye, which was Marvel’s toe-in-the-water on this).  DC finally released Grant Morrison’s long-gestating Multiversity project, and it is as “big” and awesome as we all expected.  Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers books finally started to make sense and move forward.  But it also had some dark spots: The X-books, which started out strong under Brian Michael Bendis, have become a slow-moving and silly exercise in giving characters face-time without really changing them (or making them interesting, even).  The “events” of the big two all fell flat: The entire DC lineup feels like a non-stop event, and on the Marvel side “Original Sin” started good but its ending was ponderous, but “AXIS” has been a completely convoluted train wreck that feels irrelevant.  And DC treated its creators like…Well, like shit.

So, what are the best reasons to plan to keep reading in 2015?  Here’s some things to look forward to:


10.  Saga.  Because no top 10 list can be without mentioning the greatest comic book of (all time?).

9.  A Duck and a SquirrelWith cautious optimism, I look forward to the return of Howard the Duck in a solo book written by Chip Zdarsky (illustrator of “Sex Criminals”) and illustrated by Joe Quinones.  To date, only one writer has ever made sense of Howard the Duck, and that was Steve Gerber—who was probably one of the top 10 comic book writers of all time.  (Marv Wolfman and Bill Mantlo each hqd serviceable issues, but nobody “got” Howard like Gerber.)  Likewise, nobody’s ever really made Howard look right other than Val Mayerick and Gene Colan.  The original series wasn’t for everyone.  It was a weird mash of political satire and horror, which served as a platform for Man-Thing stories, strange amalgams of real life and fiction (like Truman Capoultry), and off-the-wall experiments in comic book storytelling (like the final issue, which was basically one long letter from Steve Gerber about how he couldn’t think of what to write anymore).   But it’s been a long time since we had a Howard book, and a long time since Gerber passed away, so maybe the time is right for a resurgence.  Chip Zdarsky has written a few odd books, but he’s also done some great creative activities like tweeting back and forth with Appleby’s and running for the mayor of Toronto, so he might be exactly what we need for this to work.

And if that’s not your cup of tea, we’ve been promised a Squirrel Girl solo book, by Ryan “Dinosaur Comics” North and Erica Henderson.  Along with signing up Zdarsky, this is Marvel digging deep into the fringe to find creators who can find books that, hopefully, will successfully occupy a space deep in the fringe.

Give me another entry in Pet Avengers, and color me satisfied.

8.  The rebooted Archieverse. 

Who would have thought that Archie Comics was capable of producing innovative, mature, even scary comic books?  Before 2014, nobody.  And then came Afterlife With Archie, a book that had creative chops, superb artwork, and a zombie story that had real (ahem) bite.  It wasn’t just “let’s watch the brainless eat Reggie and Jughead.”  It took the characters we’ve all known for decades and made them feel … Real.  A neat combination of nostalgia and horror, told with the modern comic book techniques.  Next year, a new Archie #1 will debut, created by no less than Mark “I’ve rebooted everyone and they’re always better when I’m done” Waid and Fiona “Saga” StaplesThe publisher promises a new take on the 60-year-old characters, one that will be topical and edgy, as well as funny—but will still be appropriate for young audiences.  Of course, these days 10 year olds are the new teenagers, so expect the book to be something above what you used to read in the 1970s.

7.  The Return of Manhattan Projects (Image).

Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra’s “sort of” history book will return in 2015 with a completely new arc and, apparently, a new way of telling the story.  The first “arc” was basically two-and-a-half years’ worth of comics telling one sprawling, gruesome, often tasteless epic.  But smart.  That’s right, smart and tasteless.  I truly can’t wait to see what they come up with next year.

6.  Warren Ellis Takes Over Project: Superpowers (Dynamite). 

It’s been known for some time that Ellis, one of the greatest comic book writers of all time, will be rebooting the “Project: Superpowers” line for Dynamite Comics (based on Golden Age heroes who are now public domain).  But we finally know where he’s going to start: Blackcross will lead the charge.  It will be a comic focusing on the supernatural.  A whole line of superheroes supervised by Warren Ellis?  There’s very little chance that this won’t be awesome.

5.  Criminal: Special Edition (Image).  Coming in January, the great team of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips offer a new one-shot (oversized) entry to their groundbreaking crime series.  Criminal has never been bad, and has never disappointed, so I feel safe saying this won’t, either.  Best of all, it involves recurring character Teeg Lawless.

4.  Free Comic Book Day (Everyone).  It falls on May 2 this year, and there will be no less than fifty(!) free books.  Yeah, lots of them will be fluff and nonsense, but we’ll also get some meat with our potatoes, such as previews of Keiron Gillen’s Sci Fi book Mercury Heat (Avatar); Kate Beacon’s new Drawn and Quarterly book; and the next volume of Mike Raicht and Brian Smith’s brilliant “Stuff of Legend” series.  We’ll also get original material from Marvel (Secret Wars #1) and DC (a “top secret” book, not yet revealed), and an all-new Tick adventure by Jeff McClelland…And a 48-page, all-new anthology from 2000AD featuring work by Matt Smith, Norm Breyfogle, Pat Mills, Dave Gibbons, John Wagner, Alan Grant, and more.  So FCBD promises to be a great event this year—but don’t wait until May to start reading comics!

3.  The end of Mind MGMT (Dark Horse).  Matt Kindt’s series has been nothing short of mind-altering.  It’s the kind of book you have to read several times because you know you’ve missed stuff.  And he’s ending it with issue #35, coming in March from Dark Horse.  Which means (a) maybe we’ll get an omnibus; and (b) it’s the perfect time to reread it from issue #1 (again!).  I know I use superlatives all the time in this blog, but this really is a comic book series that is unlike any other and makes the most out of the comic book medium by developing new ways to tell a story on a printed page—so it’s great from both a technical standpoint and as a gripping work of fiction.

2.  Grant Morrison (DC and Boom!). 

In 2015, we will see the last DC work of one of comics’ greatest creators.  Morrison’s mind-bending “Multiversity” series ends in the first half of the year (and let’s hope DC’s “Convergence” doesn’t completely screw it up the way the New 52 screwed up Morrison’s Batman run), and his Wonder Woman graphic novel should also arrive in 2015.  After that, he’s said he’s walking away from the Big Two—possibly forever.  What’s next for Morrison?  Well he’s already doing the most-Grant-Morrison-like comic of his career for Legendary Publications, and that series (“Annihilator”) will conclude in 2015.  From there, he’s going to Boom! Studios for a project announced earlier this year with no details.  Boom! has never been the greatest comic book company, but when they hit it right, they really score.  Mark Waid’s greatest work (“Irredeemable”) was put out under the Boom! banner, it’s probably the best producer of kids’ comics today (e.g., the award winning Muppets and Adventure Time comics), and, of course, they’re the guys who backed Mouse Guard. 

1.  Marvel And D.C. Bring The Nostalgia (Marvel and DC).  

Together, they typically own over 75% of the comic book market.  And in 2015, they both appear to be doing the same event: Heroes and stories from all eras of these long-standing companies will fold together, on top of themselves, and the DC and Marvel Universes will emerge different.  Or so we’re told.

Marvel Super Hero Secret Wars is regularly recognized as the first line-wide “event” comic, and a remake of it will serve as the tentpole for whatever it is the Marvel universe is building to—which, it seems clear, will include revisiting every event since that “first event.”  Over the past couple years, the Marvel Universe has been going crazy.  Old and new X-Men live together.  There are at least seven monthly Avengers titles and usually the entire universe is in jeopardy in at least four of them.  Spider-Man is jumping through universes and time to meet every other iteration of himself.  We’re being promised that this is all building up to something.  And I’m confident that Marvel will get it more right than not.  Or, at least, more right than DC.  Marvel will be Gallant to DC’s Goofus.

As for DC’s Convergence, to quote Robert Plant: “Does anybody remember laughter?”  DC’s lineup has been a mess since the New 52 started—the continuity is chaotic, there has been a real lack of consistent creative teams (except really for the self-titled Wonder Woman and Batman books), and the books have just not been that good.  And the constant pounding of how “important” everything is has left everyone but the most avid DC fan feeling numb.  But the idea of a complete time-fold, where any DC character from any era might pop up and into the DCU, sounds like it has the potential to be incredibly fun.  That’s right, fun.  DC doesn’t emphasize fun in their comics or their movies—every since Frank Miller got all serious in his Dark Knight series.  Fun would be a good thing.  And if they can fix the New 52 mess in the process, that would be even better.



This will be the last “news” post of the year, and rather than do a retrospective, I’ll just do what I always do: Hammer you with tidbits I’ve spotted around the interwebs, laced with my usual wit and brilliant insight.

GERRY CONWAY RETURNS TO SPIDER-MAN.  Remember when Amazing Spider-Man was published three times a month with rotating creative teams?  Well, it seems Marvel is coming close to that schedule again.  Dan Slott is a dynamo, and he’ll retain control over the main Amazing books, but issues #16-20 will each have a “point one” issue (16.1, 17.1, etc.) to be written by Gerry Conway, the legendary writer best known for killing Gwen Stacy.  It will take place after Spiderverse ends, and Conway’s tale will be about Spidey fighting crime lords (Conway created Hammerhead).  Street crime hasn’t been a focus of the title for decades, but back when the Mafia mattered in the real world, Spidey fought its Marvel analog (the “Maggia”) all the time.  In fact, folks forget that Kingpin started in Spider-Man before migrating to Daredevil.  Often big-name creators from the ‘70s and ‘80s write work that feels dated, so we’ll see how well Conway does, but I look forward to Spidey returning to his street crime roots.  Nobody’s doing that these days—every threat has to be huge and global.

NO GUARDIANS/AVENGERS CROSSOVER IMMINENT.  Writer/Director James Gunn recently said that his team and Joss Whedon’s team won’t be appearing together any time soon.  “We have our own galaxy to save. Earth is the Avengers’ province,” he said.  I, for one, think that’s good news.  Neither franchise needs each other, and not everything has to be codependent.  Marvel could do a lot to expand its cosmic franchises separate from the Avengers and its spin offs.  I know Marvel can’t use Silver Surfer (at least not yet), but what about Adam Warlock, The Eternals, Star Brand, ROM, Gladiator, etc.  If they really need to tie-in, we could have a Nova solo film to bring the storylines together without too much unnecessary crossover.  Or, even better…Beta Ray Bill!!!!!

MOON KNIGHTS NEW CREATIVE TEAM.  Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey brought us one of the best comics of 2014 with just six issues of Moon Knight.  Brian Wood and Greg Smallwood’s issues since then have been good, but very different.  I like the way Marvel lets creators pretty much do whatever they want with Moon Knight and keep him separate from the “events” in the big MU.  Marvel has announced that Cullen “The Sixth Gun” Bunn and Ron Ackins will be taking over the series.

THE STATE OF THE SPIDER-MAN MOVIES.  Lots of stuff has been released based on the hacked Sony e-mails, but none of it amounts to much.  Yes, Sony and Marvel negotiated for Spidey to be in Captain America 3: Civil War, but it looks like it all broke down over which company would have creative control.  Yes, Sony is worried about the fact that the last two movies kinda sucked.  But the real news?  Sony rejected bag-head Spidey!  True fans know that in Amazing Spider-Man #258, the symbiote ran away leaving Peter Parker naked so he had to borrow an extra Fantastic Four costume and put a bag over his head.  If Sony rejected the rights to that costume, then the rights revert to Marvel—which means they could use Spider-Man if he’s dressed like that.  I say they should go for it.  Sony also rejected Peter Porker the Spectacular Spider-Ham, so we could see him in a movie as well.

SUICIDE SQUAD HAS ITS AMANDA WALLER.  And it’s Viola Davis.  That must be why she’s thinner in the new 52.

LUKE CAGE IS CAST.  Now that the first Netflix series, Daredevil, is done filming, it’s time to go on to the next ones.  Luke Cage will be played by Mike Colter, who will appear in “AKA Jessica Jones” (played by Krysten Ritter), and then get his own series. 

PYONGYANG ADAPTATION CANCELLED.  A film version (to be directed by Gore Verbinski) of the Guy Delisle graphic novel Pyongyang has been axed in light of the fallout about the film The Interview.  The comic was basically a news report about the writers experience on a work visa in North Korea in 2001, where he worked for a film company for a few months before the government accused him of being a spy.  It talks about what life is like there, ranging from the food to walking the streets at night and talking to locals.  I highly recommend the book.  And I can’t believe we’re caving in to these terrorist threats.

CONSTANTINE RETURNS.  Speaking of ghost stories, the TV adaptation of Vertigo’s Hellblazer series, titled Constantine, will in fact return—to an 8pm time slot, no less, but on Friday nights (recognized as the night where shows are sent to die).  I liked the show enough in the beginning but got bored because there’s no real sense of danger or threat. 



Let’s start with Ultron news…The “yesterday is now” teasers of everything from Secret Wars to Civil War have started to get more detailed.  In April, we’ll get a series of three oversized one-shots (one for each of the “main” Avengers books: New, Uncanny, and plain) in an “Ultron Forever” miniseries written by Al “Mighty Avengers” Ewing and illustrated by none other than the great Alan Davis.  The story will feature an Avengers team led by Dr. Doom fighting in a future where Ultron rules the roost, along with more (exhausting) time travel to bring in all kinds of other Avengers: Hulk from the 1960s; James Rhodes’ Iron Man from the mid-1980s; Walt Simonson’s bearded Thor; and others.  I’m willing to give this a try—I love Alan Davis—despite my being sick of all the time jumping, and the fact that it’s obvious pandering to the Avengers movie lineup in the summer sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Jim Starlin’s Thanos

And speaking of the sequel to The Avengers, the movie is in reshoots to punch up the action sequences and Marvel Studios has already let it drop that the three- and four-quels, Infinity War Parts 1 and 2, will be filmed simultaneously beginning next year.  Strange that the movies aren’t slated for release until 2018 and 2019.  Guess they’re worried about the cast getting too old, and too famous, to shoot the films later.  But if the filming is all done, why wait a year between them for release?  I mean, anything can happen between now and then—and it’s not like Marvel is hurting for content for future movies.

But the effects of their expanding movieverse can be…Frustrating.  To wit:

THE MARVEL UNIVERSE GETS RETCONNED AGAIN TO FIT THE MOVIEVERSE.  First, they killed off Nick Fury and brought in a black Nick Fury “Jr.”–with an eyepatch.  Now, they’re dealing with the fact that there can’t be mutants in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  In the latest issue of AXIS (a miniseries that feels like it should feel important but instead is criminally dull), Scarlet Witch either casts a spell that makes Magneto not her father anymore or that reveals he never was her daddy in the first place.  Just have her say “no more mutants,” make everyone an Inhuman, and be done with it.  So annoying.

JIM STARLIN DRAWS THANOS!  Jim Starlin created Thanos, and is one of my favorite artists of all time, but lately he’s been more of a writer than a drawer.  That ended this month with the release of “Thanos vs. Hulk #1,” which he’s both writing and drawing.  The tale also includes Pip the Troll, Blastaar the Living Bomb-burst, and Annihilus.  I have to admit, I haven’t read it yet (with miniseries, I sometimes wait for a few issues to stack up)—but I’m excited.  Obviously, I’m a Thanos fan.

IT’S OFFICIAL: DEADPOOL RETURNS.  Or, more precisely, Ryan Reynolds returns to reboot the role that was (not his fault) completely screwed up in the first Wolverine movie.  But Marvel ain’t the only comic company with movies in the pipeline…

DARK JUSTICE LEAGUE MAY ACTUALLY HAPPEN!  I have to admit, based on Man of Steel I’m really not excited for the slew of DC movies promised and helmed by Zack Snyder.  But Guillermo del Toro doing a super-hero black magic movie?  I am so there.  Apparently, del Toro has finished writing the movie, which could feature the likes of John “I already got a bad movie and a decent TV show” Constantine, Zatanna, Deadman, Swamp Thing, and others…This sounds like a concept that could actually move the entire superhero movie genre forward.  Which means it probably won’t ever happen.

SUICIDE SQUAD.  An exception to the comment above about how DC movies look generally bad: The 2016 Suicide Squad DC movie that’s definitely a go, definitely looks promising announced its casting: Jared Leto as Joker, Will Smith as Deadshot, Thomas Hardy as Rick Flag, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Boomerang and Cara Delevigne as Enchantress.  And the big (no pun intended) rumor: Oprah Winfrey as Amanda Waller!  It’s about time this comic got the recognition it deserves.  I thought I was the only one!

TIME TO EAT DONUTS.  And in a last piece of DC movie news, Jason Momoa has been signed for four movies as Aquaman.  If that were me, I’d get real fat real fast.  I mean, who doesn’t want a fat Aquaman?  Plus, it’s realistic: All that blubber would keep him warm in the ocean depths.

FLASH VS. LUKE SKYWALKER.  Turning to DC TV news, Mark Hamill is coming to The Flash as Trickster, a role he first played in that terrible 1990s Flash show (and one he reprised in the cartoon Justice League Unlimited).  Hamill has a good history as DC villains, having been The Joker on many animated Batman shows and films.

G. WILLOW WILSON TO WRITE X-MEN.  The author of one of the best comics of the decade, Ms. Marvel, will write a four-issue arc (beginning with issue #23 in January) featuring Storm, Psylocke, Rachel Grey, Monet and Jubilee.  Why?  Because she just signed an exclusive deal with Marvel.  Let’s hope they make good use of her, and don’t waste her on generic “big stories” that anyone can write.  She has an unusual talent for characters and slow-growth narrative—give her a Runaways reboot, or maybe even Machine Man, and she’ll knock it out of the park.  Don’t waste her on the death of Wolverine 2 or whatever.  They already proved with Charles Soule that once a remarkable talent gets put on an “epic” story they quickly become unremarkably generic.

MANHATTAN PROJECTS ON HIATUS.  Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra’s revisionist history comic about the role of mad scientists like Albert Einstein and mad politicians and soldiers like General Westmoreland and Vice President Johnson has been a book I’ve read in trade form only.  I find it works better for me, since the story is pretty “big” and the cast is huge—I think I’d lose track of the tale if I read it in 30-day chunks.  Hickman said in the last issue that the book is going to sleep for a few months, but promised it will return in March in a new “format.”  This last issue wrapped up a lot of the threads that dated back to issue #1, so it makes sense it might come back as something new.  I imagine he’ll move it forward in history to the 1980s or ‘90s—but that’s just my guess.  He did promise: “Gone will be the sprawling ensemble narrative that moves each individual character’s story incrementally along, and replacing that will be tight arcs focusing on a single (or few) characters.”  MP is a book that hasn’t gotten the kind of widespread recognition or acceptance of so many other Image Comics—I hope this gets more eyes on it.  It’s weird, it’s rude, it’s often mean and nasty, but it’s also hilarious.

MIAMI VICE…THE COMIC!  I wouldn’t normally write about this for several reasons, not the least of which being that IDW comics are usually pretty bad, but “Miami Vice Remix” will be written by Joe Casey.  You may know of Casey’s great comic book work like his classic runs on Cable/Deadpool or Superman, or you might have read my feature on Godland.

Or you may know his edgier, award-winning work like I Kill Giants, Officer Downe, or (a personal favorite of mine) Codeflesh.


He’s certainly been a writer that’s made an impact on the industry as part of Man of Action Studios, the producers of Ben 10, Marvel’s current animation slate on Disney XD, and Big Hero 6.  So, this may be good.  On the other hand, it may just be a paycheck.



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