Planet Buzz 05-29-02
Ruining Our Thursday
I was going to buy
It's bad enough
that comics get delayed a day when we have a Monday holiday. Granted,
we all still appreciate the day off, but why must there always be that
trade-off? Well, CrossGen informed us this morning of something even
Quebecor, the shop
that handles actual printing for most of the big guns, made a big mistake
last week, putting quite a few cases of books on the wrong shipping
dock. As a result, Diamond failed to pick up the books, affecting titles
from Archie, Bongo, DC, and all of CrossGen's output for the week. Though
the print shop has apologized to publishers profusely, the damage has
been done, and many books intended for release on Thursday, May 30,
will not make it into shops until Wednesday, June 5.
This marks the
second delay in a month for CrossGen, both times due to scheduling problems
at Quebecor. I repeat: it's not CrossGen's fault, and unlike every other
major publisher, these are the only two delays of books they have ever
So if you get to
local comic book store and find the new comics shelves looking suspiciously
like last week's books, take the opportunity to pick up something you
haven't read before. Maybe a CrossGen book, maybe Black Panther. Or
go someplace nice for lunch.
What - No
Model (Barely) Dressed As Elektra?
Marvel Comics disappointed
a lot of excitable fans last week by announcing that their presence
at the San Diego Comic-Con this summer would be considerably less flashy
than years past. Rather than bring out a huge dog and pony show, Marvel's
convention floor presence would be limited to a booth shared with Diamond
Distributors. (There's an irony there, somewhere, as Marvel bought their
own distribution company years ago in order to not have to deal with
Diamond. You may have noticed that didn't work.)
Though on the surface
this means no flashy light shows and chances to preview Marvel videogames,
the company will still be bringing the stuff that counts: namely, creators.
The money saved on building huge displays will go toward bringing out
more writers and artists for signings, and, according to Joe Quesada,
beefing up the Marvel hospitality suite (which means keeping writers
and artists happy).
While we'll miss
Elektra walking around, we look forward to seeing substance over style
this summer. And it spares me the embarrassment of hearing other Fanboy
staffers tell Elektra again and again, "No, really, I'm Matt Murdock…come
on, baby, help me across the street."
Been Here Before?
We grant you, it's
a special galaxy-sweeping bi-weekly mini-series beginning June 12. (Notice
how Diamond doesn't mess up their shipping schedules? Nope. That
all happens internally with Marvel.)
Jim Starlin returns
to the House of Ideas to write and draw The Infinity Abyss, six
issues pitting Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, Captain Marvel, Pip The Troll,
Moondragon, and Gamora against the madness of Thanos, that wacky death
worshipper. And lest you think this is incomplete, yes, Adam Warlock
is in there, too.
Inked by Al Milgrom,
the series throws all the above mentioned heroes into a caper of cosmic
significance, and Marvel rushes to reassure us all that any resemblance
to Starlin's first Adam Warlock Saga, The Infinity Gauntlet, The Infinity
Quest, The Infinity Watch, or Darby O'Finity And The Little People is
completely coincidental. Really. Nothing like this has ever appeared
in print before.
I'm Just Embarrassed
Berganza apologized to fans this week for The Adventures of Superman
#604. And indeed, after looking at the barely competent artwork,
he should have.
Rather than letting
us sit all smug and judgmental, though, Berganza explained that regular
artist Carlos Meglia had trouble finishing the book due to riots and
political unrest in Buenos Aires. Mid-way through his work on the issue,
Meglia was forced to flee Argentina with his family, managing to get
the artwork to another artist in Mexico to finish it up. The result
was inconsistent and disappointing when matched with the cool story
by Joe Casey. However, because this is a story of one man trying to
do his best in the face of fear for his family's safety, I feel like
a complete a-hole for hating the book.
On the brighter
side, Berganza further confirmed to Mike Sangiacomo at Comicon.com
that Geoff Johns would be taking over Superman from Jeph Loeb,
for a run of at least six issues.
Dark Horse Comics
announced this week that Matt Wagner (lately of Green Arrow cover
paintings) will be returning to his early creation Grendel, producing
an anthology mini-series lasting four issues. Over the course of the
series, Wagner will tell twenty stories about the first Grendel, Hunter
Rose. Though he will write them all, he has turned the art chores over
to an all-star jam of great and sometimes quirky artists.
White, and Black will feature artwork by Brian Michael Bendis, Dan
Brereton, Kelley Jones, Stan Sakai, Jill Thompson, Andi Watson, Jim
Mahfood, Zander Cannon, and many others. The book is currently scheduled
for a September release.
E3 Tease…Is It Really A Surprise?
Coming to a game
platform near you --
if you're near an Xbox...
TDK Games made
a splash (sorry) last week at E3 by touting their upcoming Aquaman game,
which pits the Sea King against a variety of menaces in defense of Atlantis.
As it gets closer to the release date, we'll have more coverage of the
game itself, but what makes TDK's presence more interesting for comics
fans is that representatives of the company proclaimed that DC will
be reviving the Aquaman book to coincide with the release of the game.
Now that may not
come as a surprise, for we all know that this summer's big JLA
event is the search for Aquaman and Atlantis. But even if DC does bring
him back into the DCU and the pages of JLA, it's still a pretty
big leap to get him back into his own book. Right now, the Scourge of
the Seven Seas is neck and neck with Ka-Zar for most title cancellations
The Aquaman game,
by the way, will be available for the Xbox and Gamecube platforms. Unfortunately
for me, I only have PS2. So if representatives from Microsoft or Nintendo
(and I know you read this…or at least I fantasize that you do) would
like to send Fanboy Planet some hardware, feel free to write. We have
no shame nor pride, and I really, really want to play Aquaman.
Shops For A Better Deal In Tinseltown
Fresh on the heels
of their staggering success with Spider-Man, Sony Pictures has
decided they want more of that Marvel magic. Luckily, Dimension Pictures
seems to feel they can't make said magic work.
this week that Sony has begun negotiating with Dimension to get the
rights to the long in development Ghost Rider. If you recall,
at one time both Nicolas Cage (or as we should call him, Nicolas Kissodeath)
and David Goyer were attached to the project. Cage backed out due to
scheduling problems and the attractiveness of Constantine. While
Goyer stayed a little longer, once Dimension determined that they wanted
Ghost Rider to be no harder than a PG-13, the writer left the
The excellent website
Coming Attractions further speculates that if Sony does land the rights,
we can expect a reworking of the project from screenwriter Shane Salerno.
Before you get too hyped up, also do not expect the possibility
of a Spider-Man/Ghost Rider movie team-up. Studios like to think in
terms of franchises, and will do everything in their power not to combine
If and when Freddy
vs. Jason or Aliens vs. Predator ever get off the ground,
though, all bets are off.
and boy, this leather chafes...
next Valentine's Day just got a little more important. Do everything
you can to convince your significant other that it's a love story between
Daredevil and Elektra. Fox just moved the release date of Daredevil
to February 14, 2003.
That was actually
the first announced release date, and then the studio moved it up into
January. Marvel Entertainment CEO Avi Arad commented, "the summer season
just gets earlier and earlier." Actually, the past couple of Februarys
have proven to be surprisingly successful for big event movies; in particular,
Hannibal scored huge with audiences in a February opening slot.
The only downside,
and I hate to be the one to say it, is that all too often big event
movies in February aren't very good. In particular, Hannibal.
Sure. Go ahead. Throw Erin Brockovich back in my face. But Daredevil
star Ben Affleck was recently quoted as calling the film "…lighter in
tone" than his release this week, The Sum Of All Fears.
a good thing or a bad thing, we have to wait until February. But with
The Kingpin, Elektra, and Bullseye involved, it's hard to consider Daredevil
light in tone unless they've totally screwed things up.
Bass, Playing The Bamf
that Ethan Embry has entered talks to play Nightcrawler in the upcoming
X2, sequel (of course) to X-Men. The actor has survived
such films as Vegas Vacation and Can't Hardly Wait, but
will be most familiar to genre fans for his lead role in Freakylinks
on the Fox Network a couple of years ago. In addition, Embry played
the bass in Tom Hanks' That Thing You Do!
remains on track to begin next month, and the announcement of these
negotiations confirms that Nightcrawler is a character in the script.
But can he do a German accent? Will he even have a German accent?
Would This Mean
We Have To Call Her W-Wo?
If the invisible
plane's a rockin',
don't bother knockin'...
has thrown her tiara into the ring for the Wonder Woman franchise. In
a recent MTV interview, Lopez expressed her eagerness to play the role,
claiming that she looks just like the character.
Now, before anybody
writes in a frenzy, this does not mean that Lopez has the part, or is
even in talks. All we know for sure is that the producers have a couple
of names that they would like to talk to, with rumor being that said
names are young, which (sorry, Jennifer) is not something they would
say about Lopez.
But all of it is
moot, as once Sandra Bullock left the project, the producers chose to
focus on whipping a decent script into shape before actively pursuing
actresses. What a concept.
has just sold the rights to Gorilla-Man. Just kidding. Maybe.
Y Tu Bruja
While still in
the midst of production for Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets,
Warner Brothers has announced that director Chris Columbus will be leaving
the franchise after this.
will not derail the overall series' schedule, as the studio has begun
talks with director Alfonso Cuaron to helm Harry Potter And The Prisoner
Of Azkaban, the third in the series. Years ago, Cuaron directed
the highly regarded but not highly profitable children's film, A
Little Princess. Warner Brothers felt so strongly about that film's
quality that they actually re-released it in the same year to try to
give it a higher profile at the box office.
This year, however,
Cuaron has gained regard for Y Tu Mama Tambien, a Mexican film
dealing frankly with teenage sexuality and mores. It has been released
unrated in the United States, to critical acclaim.
And somewhere in
the middle must be Harry Potter.
Lost in the scuffle
of this directorial search comes the announcement that the fifth book
in the series, Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, is
currently scheduled to be released in June, 2003, a full year past the
original publication date announced by Scholastic Books. Start lining
It Just Means
Production on the
second season of TNT's Witchblade, based on the popular Top Cow
comic, has been shut down after only six episodes.
Series star Yancey
Butler voluntarily entered herself into rehab for alcohol addiction,
understandably forcing the series to wait for her to get better.
Even with this
delay, TNT has made no plans to delay the season premiere on Father's
Day, nor hold back on the episodes they do have in the can. It just
means you'll get to see every episode twice by Labor Day.
Continuum landed some pictures this week from the pilot episode
of Birds of Prey, coming Wednesdays this fall on the WB.
Among other things,
the site managed to confirm that Batman does appear briefly in the pilot,
in "final" battle with The Joker. As for the Clown Prince of Crime himself,
Mark Hamill provides the voice, but as you can see from the still, that
isn't Luke Skywalker under the clown white.
Man, I want to
see that show.
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