The past week DC Comics held a creative retreat for a number of high-profile creators. And as part of it, mobile phones and devices were been told off and people asked not to twitter as a result. Which is why Geoff Johns went twitter dark from November 7th after posting;
Out with Blackest Night editor Adam Schlagman in NYC. Talking our next project…we both love Black Manta.
Well, we weren’t going to hear much more about Black Manta. Indeed, socialising with those outside of the retreat was curtailed, as DC went into a little bit of an information lockdown.
So what little came out?
Well, Jim Lee and Geoff Johns’ Justice League still seems to be a go. It will be a number one book guaranteed, with the big name characters on board, the writer of the hugely successful Blackest Night and the hottest comic artist of the last twenty years.
I’d previously rumoured that Grant Morrison would be writing a Wonder Woman title, but this week I was given the other side of the creative pairing, Ethan Van Sciver. The two worked together on New X-Men, most memorably when they decided to put the word “SEX” in the background of every issue. Bless them.
Morrison has talked about working on Wonder Woman before, writing;
I love what Gail Simone (especially) and other writers have done to empower the Wonder Woman concept but I must admit I’ve always sensed something slightly bogus and troubling at its heart. When I dug into the roots of the character I found an uneasy melange of girl power, bondage and disturbed sexuality that has never been adequately dealt with or fully processed out to my mind. I’ve always felt there was something oddly artificial about Wonder Woman, something not like a woman at all.
Having said that, I became quite fascinated by these contradictions and problems and tried to resolve them for what turned into a different project entirely…
Could this be that project? Ethan Van Sciver has stated that Wonder Woman is one of his favourite characters, he has been linked to a Gail Simone Wonder Woman project that has yet to see fruition, a Gail Simone Plastic Man project that never was (and in any case was probably a Geoff Johns Plastic Man project) and his profile at DC Comics has been nicely rising over the last few years on Green Lantern books.
I understand the format may be similar to Morrison and Quitely on Batman And Robin, with Ethan drawing the first arc, then taking a break of two or three arcs while other artists jopin the book, and then returning.
Oh and thanks to the Daily Scans folks, here’s basically Morrison’s Wonder Woman ouevre to date…
UPDATE: I heard more chatter confirming the book today but after contacted Ethan Van Sciver earlier, he got in touch to say
A lot of stuff is said, but I honestly haven’t decided what to do after FLASH. So run the rumor if you’d like.
Thanks Ethan! And hell, just from this perspective, it would be rather sweet.