Loses Artist, Fanboy Planet Webmaster Wonders Why This Is News…
Just in time for
tomorrow's release of Joe Casey's Poptopia conclusion, we are
reminded to mention that Ian Churchill has stepped off of Uncanny
X-Men, believing that the book does not fit his style. The next
issue will be guest-pencilled by Sean Phillips (Wildcats). No
word yet on who will be named permanently, though, really, Phillips
could be pretty cool. Different, but cool.
Writes JLA Adventures
Of course DC had
to launch a title to tie in with the upcoming animated series. And they
can do no better than to tap Templeton to write it. No stranger to the
animated genre, Templeton has worked on both the Batman and Superman
Adventures books, as well as Marvel's companion book to the animated
Avengers series two years ago (the show sucked, the book rocked). Look
for the JLA Adventures in October. (And if you can find it, look
for Ty Templeton's Stig's Inferno, a brilliant series which he
has yet to finish.)
Rides The Dark Horse
As if the KISS
coffin was not enough, Dark Horse announced plans to publish comics
spotlighting individual members of KISS. Late next spring, we can look
forward to The Demon (unless DC says otherwise), Starchild,
Space Ace, and Catman.
Long a comic book
fan, Gene Simmons promises that these will be a little more mainstream
than the Psycho Circus title Image produced a few years ago.
He also owns the rights to the books Marvel produced in the seventies,
with an eye to having those reproduced sometime in the near future.
Goes To Hollywood (Again)
Warner Bros. Pictures
has spent the summer negotiating with Frank Miller and Geoff Darrow
for the rights to adapt their 1992 series Hard Boiled to film.
If all goes well, David Fincher (Fight Club, The Game)
will direct, and Nicolas Cage will be the happiest actor in all of Puppet
Land, finally getting to star in a comic book movie.
For those not familiar
with the series, published by Dark Horse Comics, it concerns the adventures
of a killer robot that thinks it's a tax collector. Actually, that explains
a lot about the IRS.
Aaliyah Dies In Plane Crash
already heard that much. But what does that mean to the average fanboy,
other than the tragic death of a talented artist? Well, after an impressive
film debut last year in Romeo Must Die, she had moved on to two
high-profile genre projects: The Matrix Reloaded and The Queen
of the Damned.
At the time of
her death, Aaliyah's role in The Matrix Reloaded was 80% complete,
according to Coming Attractions. How the Wachowski Brothers will work
around this, with doubles, furious re-writing, or complete recasting,
has not been decided yet.
The producers of
The Queen of the Damned fared little better. Aaliyah stars as
Akasha, the mother of all vampires, who battles the outrageous vampire
Lestat (Tom Cruise in Interview With The Vampire, now Stuart
Townsend) for the fate of the undead. Its release date uncertain, the
whole project may now be in permanent limbo as Warner Brothers waits
for a tasteful time to release it.
TNT has committed
to another 13 episodes of the series, and still Yancy Butler keeps her
clothing on. If there are any fans of the show out there, let us know
what you think of it, because we still have not seen it.
Adult Swim To
Debut This Weekend On Cartoon Network
September 2, at 10 p.m., the Cartoon Network programs a block of shows
just for those who like their cartoons arch and irony-filled. Look for
our review of Adult Swim later this week.
None Of This
Playstation 2 On eBay Crap For Mario In a strange marketing move,
Nintendo announced that it would release the hotly anticipated GameCube
two weeks later than originally announced. While that in and of itself
may not be strange, the reason is. Nintendo wants to make sure that
it has enough stock on hand to meet demand. None of this Playstation
2 on eBay crap for Mario, no sir.
At $199, the Gameboy-compatible
Gamecube will retail for $100 less than Playstation 2 and Microsoft's
Xbox, which itself has been rumored to be delayed.
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