DC asked; Warren Ellis
answered. Yes, he'd be exclusive with them. Announced on his own forum
this morning, Ellis said, simply enough, that DC has always treated him
right in financial matters, so why not?
No specific projects
have been announced, though Ellis does currently occasionally write
Planetary for Wildstorm and Transmetropolitan for Vertigo,
imprints that are included in the deal. He will also be allowed to finish
any previously announced projects for other publishers.
Because We All
Hate Indolent Nano-Technology.
will be returning to Vertigo (wait - didn't he swear never to work for
DC again?) with a series called The Filth. The book should be
out in the Spring of 2002.
Nothing like The
Invisibles, DC describes the book thusly: a twisted super-thriller
in which Morrison takes the reader on a psychedelic roller coaster ride
through a maelstrom of extra-dimensional espionage, disease pathology,
sex and violence, prosthetically-equipped dolphins, indolent nano-technology,
co-opted reality and the notion of identity itself. Loaded with febrile
imagery and Byzantine plot twists, 'The Filth 'is a mind-wrenching journey
where nothing is exactly what it seems.
prosthetically-equipped dolphins with Byzantine plot twists is a recipe
for disaster. Please do not try it at home.
Just As Long
As Onslaught Doesn't Return…
Marvel Comics released
a graphic this week with no explanation. If a picture is worth a thousand
words, let's say this one says "we'll be getting another $2.25 out of
you a month" 100 times.
If you'll recall,
the title X-Factor was cancelled as part of Joe Quesada's sweeping
(and largely successful) revamp of the X line, believing that there
were simply too many X-titles flooding the market without concern of
Whether or not
this is an ongoing series being announced has not been made clear, but
the answer will come on April 30.
Doesn't Hate Spider-Man
Book Resources scored an interview with Hate! creator Peter
Bagge on his upcoming project for Marvel. As unlikely as it sounds,
the alternative artist will be writing and drawing The Megalomaniacal
Spider-Man under Marvel's sporadic Startling Stories banner.
Bagge poses the
question, what if Spider-Man didn't have the moral guidance of
Uncle Ben to steer him toward heroism? The book will ostensibly follow
Peter cashing in far better than he did in Lee and Ditko's original
story, before an event occurs that will force him to re-evaluate.
Bagge claims that until this project, he had never read a Spider-Man
story, and even now has only gone through the Lee/Ditko run.
If this keeps up,
we're going to have to again plead with Marvel to stop releasing so
many books we want to read. There's a recession going on, you know.
Are Getting Back Together!
Timed to celebrate
Archie Comics' 60th Anniversary, the publishing company has given music
producer Lou Pearlman the go-ahead to audition new singers and musicians
to record and perform in two bands: The Archies and Josie and the Pussycats.
Granted, a new
Josie and the Pussycats formed in a failed movie last spring (but hey,
Bendis LOVES it, and we love Bendis, so that means we love it), but
Pearlman will ignore that one.
If his name sounds
familiar, it's because he has most recently been the evil mastermind
behind Making The Band. Yes, this is the man who gave us O-Town,
and many, many boy bands before that. Before you cringe our explode
in outrage, remember that "Sugar, Sugar" ain't exactly "In The White
Do It Yourself…
Big Bang Comics
has announced that a feature film based on their flagship characters
will lens this summer. Knights of Justice: The Movie features
Ultiman, Thunder Girl, and The Knight Watchman.
A video short has
been available through Big Bang Comics and at conventions, from the
same writer/director/producer, Philip R. Cable. No word on whether or
not the upcoming feature will be expanded from this video, or if it
will be a brand-new story. Either way, it's pretty impressive that these
guys just can't wait for a studio to come sniffing around their property.
The line of comics,
currently published by Image, evokes the look and feel of Silver and
Golden Age comics, with many features drawn in the style of old artists.
If anyone has seen
the original video, please let me know
what you thought, so I know whether or not to be excited.
The Curse of
budget issues, director Tarsem (The Cell) quit the production
of Constantine, the film adaptation of Vertigo's Hellblazer.
At this time, no replacement has been announced, nor any names rumored
to be up for the job.
would have starred Nicolas Cage, an actor who tries to get involved
with almost every comic book adaptation he can find, and who has yet
to actually make one. If this film does indeed collapse, then Cage would
be free to pursue Ghost Rider, a project that had fallen apart
due to scheduling conflicts, but which Marvel Studios CCO Avi Arad claims
has become active again.
Anyone but Superman,
that's all we ask.
Comes As No Surprise
After nine seasons,
we might finally get The Truth. Chris Carter and Fox have agreed to
pull the plug on The X-Files, making way for the big screen franchise
and possibly David Duchovny's return.
The show has lost
a lot of its core audience due to creative faltering and the missing
Duchovny. On the heels of the cancellation announcement, Carter pledged
to reveal secrets, wrap things up, and hopefully get Duchovny to appear
in the series finale.
He hasn't said
yes, but he also hasn't said no.
The WB has gone
ahead and ordered a second season for Smallville. Coinciding
with that, the creators have hinted that Metropolis will be playing
a larger part next season, eventually so that they can phase out of
Smallville and into Metropolis.
London police arrested
Atom Ant after the diminutive superhero brandished a gun outside of
a nightclub. Released on his own recognizance into the custody of Morocco
Mole, Ant later claimed that the police attacked him.
Finally at his
friends' intervention, Ant has been placed in a mental hospital, having
long battled both manic depression and a series of villains who all
sound strangely alike and are not surprisingly much, much larger than
Whoops. I've got
the wrong guy. Ignore the above.
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