Most-Read Comic Stories Of 2009
I have the head of Jack Kirby in my office.
Japanese manga artist Ryusuke Hamamoto is creating an Alan Moore dojinshi, or fan book. Oh and a stitchpunk action figure as well…
Expect sales on Booster Gold #26, Doom Patrol #4, Adventure Comics #4, R.E.B.E.L.S. #10 and Outsiders #24 to rocket in November. Seriously, each issue could top 100,000 orders or more and see DC dominate the charts with a number of titles that never normally getting the top fifty.
SuperGod is the new superhero title from Warren Ellis and Garrie Gastonny, published by Avatar. It is intended as a thematic threequel to Black Summer and No Hero, which explored superheroes from very different angles. This time, it’s from the perspective or a superhero who is no longer human and tackles subjects seen in the likes of Watchmen, Marvelman, Stormwatch and Maximortal.
Everyone and their mother has linked to the “hilarious moment” where a couple of Liefeld haters found it hilarious to first, ask Rob Liefeld to apologise for Heroes Reborn, then present him with a copy of How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way. Oh my sides. What some have missed however are some of the celebrity comments that follow…
Over on the Image messageboards, Erik Larsen, publisher of Image Comics during much of this period, has a few comments. Initially;
So who is the super secret weapon that Norman Osborn is using to ensure his Cabal keep together, during the Marvel Dark Reign crossover event? The shadowy figure that everyone from Doctor Doom to Loki is intimidated by?
I was noticing that DC seems to have based one of its latest crossovers in Green Lantern based on a couple of eight-page stories that I did 25 or 30 years ago. I would have thought that would seem kind of desperate and humiliating, When I have said in interviews that it doesn’t look like the American comic book industry has had an idea of its own in the past 20 or 30 years, I was just being mean.
The Search For Bruce Wayne. The Return of Batman. Two series by Grant Morrison kicking off from Summer 2010. After his apparent death (twice) and revelation that Bruce Wayne is stuck somewhen in the past (possibly crossing the spirit path of Captain America, I dunno) word is that DC will be bringing their world’s greatest detective in rubber back in a series of series, the details of which are completely unknown (to me, I mean) save for their working titles (which may be old) and that it’s all part of the Big Grant Morrison Batplan for 2010.
Diamond Previews updated earlier with the latest cover of Previews, that gave the Big Bad reveal away for Blackest Night. And now it’s gone. Was this a spoiler? Was this unfortunate timing? Was this a leak?
Most-Read TV/Film Stories Of 2009
So, anyway, yesterday saw the preview of Doctor Who – Waters of Mars for the press. And one of my Little Bleeders was in the audience. Naturally the following review contains spoilers, but not that many – if you want to remain a spoiler virgin, look away now.
I hear from industry sources that yet-to-be-named Terminator 5, the sequel to Terminator: Salvation, will be set in London in the year 2011, with a time-travelling John Connor (Christian Bale).
I understand that British actor Brian Blessed has been cast in Kenneth Branagh’s THOR movie, based on the Marvel Comics title, as the character Odin.
These posters for the new Surrogates movie starring Bruce Willis based on the Top Shelf comic book series (oh and by the way, have you seen the original collection, the prequel graphic novel and the combined hardcover collection of both? They are Top Shelf sweet) are roaming the internet right now.
This is an amateur shot from the filming of the new Chris Morris movie, Boilerhouse (and/or) Four Lions, in Sheffield. Described as a “comedy of terror”, it’s the story of four North England young Islamic extremists and their attempts to create a terrorist atrocity, focusing on the errors, mistakes, clashes and diversion common to any project that, well, involves people.
Avatar. The biggest, greatest, most eagerly awaited blockbuster from James Cameron. With a marketing budget that will cost almost as much as the movie itself. And a cheap-ass design font. Well, you know, there is a recession on. And, hey it was probably all of $30…
Just a tiny thing. But enough to inspire Doctor Who fanfic writers the world over. I understand from well-connected-fan-chatter combined with a little birdie at BBC America that in the end-of-year Doctor Who specials, and yes I am eeking this out a bit so that there are no spoilers for the front page of Bleeding Cool
Robt tells Bleeding Cool that “I am willing to negotiate with Mr. Colbert. I would think he would like to keep Captain America’s shield in his so-called “Eagle’s Nest” & I am willing to discuss terms by which he could do so.
So I went out tonight to the Channel 4 building in London to see a bloggers screening of the new comedy/drama/superheroics series Misfits. I was expecting some kind of Skins meets Heroes affair. Something silly, possibly camp, low budget, reeking of desperation and a bit rubbish.
This is not design art, this is not a leaked plan, this is not some fan made project, not a brief blur on a leaked trailer, this is a full-on glimpse at what War Machine will actually look like.