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July 24, 2008

SDCC Linkblog News Round-Up Extravaganza: Day 1!

Filed under: Blurbs — Chris Eckert @ 11:48 pm

All the cool kids are out in San Diego, but that doesn’t mean we can’t link blog with easily digestible San Diego news!


Number of times James Robinson has been asked about bringing back Starman at Comicon: 2 The answer remains “no”.

Robinson, Geoff Johns and others talked a lot about upcoming things in the Superbooks that David or someone else is likely better equipped to discuss. But I will note that it is official: no one involved with the Superman office has any desire to revisit, acknowledge or think about Jimmy Olsen’s bugfucking and super-knowledge in the pages of Countdown. I’m this close to actually feeling sorry for the poor, unloved souls that put out that book.

Speaking of Geoff Johns, his and Ethan Van Sciver’s gameplan to make Flash a “pillar” of the DCU, one of the “top five characters”? For starters, make sure he has lots of crackling energy things all over him, just like EVS’s Green Lantern!

Kevin Smith returns to superhero comics with a Batman/Onomatopoeia mini-series. Smith has made all of the lateness jokes for you already. Somehow, this mini-series will be drawn by longtime Smith pal/bit-actor/comic shop manager Walt Flanagan.

Putting aside the lessons of Piranha, Paradox, Helix, DC Focus, Vertigo Verite, Vertigo POP and others, DC will be launching Vertigo Crime! This is an imprint that will publish crime comics! No, not the crime comics Vertigo publishes, different ones! I’m sure there’s a solid corporate synergy reasoning for this I’m not aware of, but “Vertigo” is already an established and respected brand that serves as a catch-all for “mature” comic books; why expend the effort to launch a new line that will do the exact same thing? I guess “Vertigo Crime” is better than an entirely new brand, but really, what? I guess we’re getting a book from Brian Azzarello to replaced Loveless and a comics debut from Ian Rankin out of it, at least.


Jeff Parker finally gets to write an Agents of Atlas ongoing. Good for him, I enjoyed all the previous iterations.

Kevin Grievoux & Mat Broome will be doing a mini-series called Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel that appears to be a take on the old What The-? gag strip “What if the Black Panther was White?” mixed with The Sentry. Or perhaps I’m being needlessly dismissive.

Everyone who doubted the Knaufs were coming back to Iron Man, give yourselves a pat on the back. Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. is apparently ending after its forthcoming “War Machine: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.” story arc, to be replaced with a War Machine ongoing by Greg Pak and Leonardo Manco. Sounds like maybe Iron Man won’t be in charge of S.H.I.E.L.D. after Secret Invasion?

CB Cebulski and an unnamed artist will be doing a sequel to the 1980s X-Crossover Inferno that everyone — or at least Rich Johnston — has been clamoring for.

Marvel appears to be pulling up an old pre-MAX Punisher script from Garth Ennis and giving it to Steve Dillon so they have a Punisher War Zone comic on the shelves when the movie of the same name comes out.

I have absolutely no idea how or why this fits into a Mondo Marvel panel, but “David Mack will be adapting the Philip K. Dick short story “The Electric Ant,” with Paul Pope covers.” is up there as the most exciting news of the day for me. According to Wikipedia, this was the inspiration for Frank Miller and Geoff Darrow’s Hard Boiled as well?


Rob Kirkman is the historic first new Image partner since its 1992 formation. I guess this is the first big move in the Eric Stephenson era of Image; I don’t really know what this means (save for the fact that it guarantees Image will be holding onto Kirkman’s successful stable of titles for the forseeable future), but it should be interesting.

Darwyn Cooke will be adapting Donald Westlake’s “Parker” novels into graphic novels for IDW. Apparently this project was made possible by former DC/Wildstorm editor Scott Dunbier, who worked with Cooke on The Spirit before landing over at IDW. I wonder if this was meant to be part of VERTIGO CRIME?

Grant Morrison and Stan Lee did a panel together for Virgin that sounds like it was less about promoting their Virgin projects and more about doing a vaudvillian mutual appreciation society. Which is good enough for me, really.

“I’m looking at you for validation, Stan,” [Morrison] said in a child-like voice. “That’s all I want.”

Mark Waid is apparently soothing the sting of feeling unwelcome at DC by bringing in every other possible pop culture figure to BOOM! Studios for him to play with. First The Godfather, and now all the Pixar and Muppet properties?


Not many other people seem to have reported this thus far, but I guess the remake of The Prisoner is launching some sort of viral ad campaign or alternate reality game or whatever you call it at It’s kind of cute!

There’s a teaser poster for Robert Rodriguez’s Red Sonja film that is frankly really, really creepy.

With his and Garth Ennis’s run on Punisher MAX ending, it’s good to see Tim Bradstreet is still getting work.

I am sure I missed many things but those are the things I noticed from three thousand miles away! More tomorrow!


  1. As a fan of the first Conan movie, I always felt what made that movie great was the way that it was firmly filmed in real places, and the structures in the movie were actually built.

    Taking that world into the CG landscape takes away what was great about some of those 80’s sword and sorcery movies.

    But, Rodriguez has his hammer, and everything looks like a nail.

    Comment by Joseph from FBB — July 25, 2008 @ 11:27 am

  2. I can’t wait for Rodriguez to remake Dog Day Afternoon with CG backgrounds. It’ll be great!

    Comment by Jamaal Thomas — July 25, 2008 @ 12:38 pm

  3. I thought it was “War Machine: Weapon of SHIELD” Admittedly I don’t follow the Iron Man line, but I haven’t heard word one about Tony being ousted.

    Comment by HitTheTargets — July 25, 2008 @ 10:25 pm

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