Planet Buzz 06-05-02
Are You Married, We'll Say NoMan.
Haven't heard of
the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents? Some comics historians consider them the
greatest supergroup that ever had crappy, crappy luck. Created by comics
great Wally Wood and originally published by Tower Comics in the mid-sixties,
they had a real shot at rivaling Marvel. But you'll notice that Tower
isn't around anymore. For a variety of reasons, they folded after less
than two years of publishing.
The Agents themselves
had it all going for them. Funded by the government, the main team consisted
of the super-strong Dynamo, super-intelligent Menthor, and the mysterious
android NoMan. Eventually they were joined by superhero neophytes Lightning
and Raven. As for superhero angst, they had plenty. The speedster Lightning,
for example, cut into his lifespan every time he used his powers. Kind
of like Spawn, only much, much better defined and written.
have tried to revive T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents over the years, some with
the rights and some without. But DC figures why start anew when the
classic stuff is still best? On December 4, DC will release Volume 1
of the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents archives, collectiong the first four issues
of the Tower title, 256 high-quality pages at the usual Archive price
DC must be counting
on starting a huge revival, because they will also be releasing a Dynamo
statue through DC Direct, the first in a planned series, on the same
day as the Archives are released. Limited to a run of 1500, the statue
will retail for $149.95.
Who has this much
room on their shelves for this stuff?
Gets A New Image…
Last week at the
Comics 2002 Festival in Bristol, England (oh, for the day when the Fanboy
Planet budget allows us to go to THAT…), Image announced that Paul Grist's
Jack Staff will be moving to their company.
A black and white
independent series featuring the adventures of British hero Jack Staff
(and several other heroes, all veddy British in a fun way), the book
had been self-published under the rubric of Grist's Dancing Elephant
The Image version
will launch in January, 2003, and will be in full color. I checked this
book out last summer in the lazy days following Comic-Con, and found
it to be pretty entertaining. Grist's artwork falls on the cartoony
side (and no, not manga-influenced), which on the surface seems at odds
with the relative seriousness of the story-lines. This is straight ahead
action/adventure, with a sense of fun.
DC has confirmed
that they have all the pages to The Dark Knight Strikes Again #3.
They plan to announce an actual, real live, no, really, we mean it,
fooled you again ha ha ha release date later this week.
Marvel Knights Version Was Just Too Tame…
this week that Garth Ennis will be taking The Punisher to the MAX line
of comics. Re-teaming with Fury artist Darick Robertson, Ennis
will lay out Frank Castle's experiences in Viet Nam in a story currently
titled The War Where I Was Born.
Ennis also plans
to return to the regular Marvel Knights Punisher title with issue
#13 for a six issue run. Five issues will be drawn by Steve Dillon,
and Robertson will step in for a sixth.
I have no solace
to offer those fearing a return of The Russian.
Reborn, Renumbered. Take Your Pick.
Marvel has also
confirmed that Peter Parker: Spider-Man will be cancelled with
issue #50, after finishing up a 3-part Doctor Octopus story (gotta whip
up his popularity into a frenzy of warmth and anticipation for Spider-Man
Worry not for writer
Paul Jenkins, as Marvel also announced that they will launch an all-new
Spider-Man series for him to write, as a companion to Kevin Smith's
run on Amazing Spider-Man and J. Michael Straczynski's Adjectiveless
Spider-Man (boy, this is beginning to look a LOT like Marvel just
before Image…except it's writers this time…). The new title will be
called either Sensational Spider-Man or Spectacular Spider-Man
(ironically, that's what Peter Parker: Spider-Man used to be
called -- Peter Parker The Spectacular Spider-Man)
This adds a third
layer of numbering to that Spider-book. Sensational Spider-Man #1
will carry a subheading of #149 and #51.
Time Magazine landed
the first picture of Jennifer Garner as Elektra. While it's not the
uniform we're all used to seeing on and off of the Greek Ninja, it appears,
uh, functional and I think we can all deal.
America…Bernie Mac's An Angel
this week that Bill Murray will not be returning as Bosley in
McG's epic sequel Charlie's Angel 2: Halo. Long reported to have
clashed with a certain actress seemingly more crucial to the franchise,
Murray seemed to have wanted out of the first film if given a chance.
Replacing him as
Charlie's go-between and overall helpmate will be comedian Bernie Mac.
Early reports say that there Mac's character will be related in some
way to Bosley, but that may be a holdover from rumors putting Jamie
Foxx in the role as Bosley's son.
(related in no way to the Xbox game), McG is slated to move on to the
new Superman film. (Superman Lives, Superman Reborn, Superman 5
or Superman Ignores That Whole Quest For Peace Crap.)
A Date…For Adventure!
After a lot of
hemming, hawing and rumor-mongering, George Lucas has confirmed (presumably
on behalf of Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford) that there will indeed
be a fourth Indiana Jones film.
Indiana Jones And
The Retirement Home Of Peril?), the film already has a release date:
July 5, 2005, and a bought and paid for screenwriter, Frank Darabont.
This bodes well
for the script, and even better for the film, as Darabont will have
absolutely no say on what gets edited out. The man can write, but he
can't, as William Faulkner once insisted must be done, kill his babies.
Lest you think
I'm advocating actual baby-killing, that's a euphemism for editing one's
own supposed brilliance.
For The Kids...
We still don't know
who's going to direct the third Harry Potter film. Though last week
we reported that Warner Brothers was looking at Mexican director Alfonso
Cuaron, they've also now added Callie Khouri (Divine Secrets of the
Ya-Ya Sisterhood) and Kenneth Branagh to the short list.
There would be some
coolness to having Branagh direct the third one, ...and The Prisoner
of Azkaban, as Branagh is currently serving as the Defense Against
Dark Arts teacher, Gilderoy Lockhart, in The Chamber of Secrets.
(As all Potter fans know, no such teacher lasts more than a year at
For everyone's fun
and amusement, though, Warner Brothers has released the first teaser
poster for The Chamber of Secrets, due in November. It features
house-elf Dobbie, and appears to be a blow up of the picture run as
a sneak peek in last week's Entertainment Weekly.
This Column To Mention That There's No Justice
production company announced this week that she has signed to star in
a superhero film entitled Shrink, based on a pitch from Rob Liefeld,
which in turn is based on his on-line comic strip of the same name.
This guy has more
lives than The Family Guy. When will somebody drive a stake through
the heart of his artistic aspirations and cut off his baseball cap?
Wait a minute,
you say you didn't know Liefeld had an on-line comic strip? Well,
sort of. Despite having begun back in October, he has managed to publish
only four installments of what is a single-panel "gag" strip, purporting
to be about a psychiatrist whose clientele consists only of superheroes.
In his pitch to
Lopez' people, however, Liefeld expanded the idea to include that the
psychiatrist is a former superhero herself, hiding her powers along
with a deep shame over some dark secret in her past (like she dated
Todd McFarlane or something).
Granted, it does
sound like a fairly interesting idea. And as a service to our readers,
here are the links to each strip, found at the otherwise high quality
Spinner Rack site. The
first deals with a flaming superhero, the
second with a snowman (yes, a snowman), the
third and the
fourth beggar description.
Maybe it's just
me. But seriously, if you find these strips funny, you simply have to
write me and explain why. Even if
you're Rob Liefeld.
Grain of salt time,
though, for Jennifer Lopez. This is not the first high profile deal
Liefeld has struck. Ask Tom Cruise or Will Smith about The Mark.
Ask Steven Spielberg about Doom's IV. Like a lot of announced
Hollywood deals, these all came to naught.
In the meantime,
I'm polishing my screenplay and looking to get Liefeld's deal with Satan.
News To Make
Chris Crotty and My Mother-in-law Perk Up
actress Lena Olin has been cast as Sydney's mysterious mother on the
ABC series ALIAS. Olin, known to genre fans for her all-too-brief
appearance in Mystery Men and as a frighteningly hot psychotic
killer in Romeo Is Bleeding, has a commitment for at least sixteen
episodes next season.
I've really got
to start watching that show.
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