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Tue, June 15th, 1999 at 12:00am PST

Comic Books
Beau Yarbrough, Columnist

GARNEY LEAVES AMERICA

Artist Ron Garney will be leaving the second Captain America, "Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty," soon after the series begins later this summer.

Garney, who rose to fame on a highly acclaimed run on "Captain America" shortly before Marvel Comics' "Heroes Reborn" year-long event, will be the artist when John Byrne takes over "The Incredible Hulk" this fall.

Garney, and his collaborator writer Mark Waid, whose pre-"Heroes Reborn" run has been collected into two trade paperbacks, returned to "Captain America" in the wake of "Heroes Reborn," making the bookone of Marvel's biggest critical and commercial successes. He announced that he would be leaving that book several weeks ago to pencil the new spin-off, "Sentinel of Liberty," which will tell "Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight" style Captain America stories set in different eras in the Star Spangled Avenger's career.

In an interview with Newsarama, Garney said he was actually responsible for Byrne going after the Hulk assignment. Byrne had approached him about doing some work on an unnamed DC Comics project and Garney, who is under an exclusive contract with Marvel Comics, demurred and suggested the Hulk, instead.

Although Garney has pencilled the first six issues of "Sentinel," he was never slated to be a full-time artist on the series. Instead, like DC Comics' "Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight," different artists were to step in for different story arcs, with Garney being the default artist most of the time. Now, that job has been handed to "Green Arrow" artist Dougie Braithwaite.

Waid called Garney's work "fantastic" and "fully expects our paths to cross in the years to come."

WONDER WOMAN TACKLES DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

In 1986 Trina Robbins drew and coplotted the "The Legend of Wonder Woman," a fond farewell to the Golden Age Wonder Woman who would be vanishing in the wake of DC Comics' "Crisis on Infinite Earths" series.

The book, written and coplotted with then comic newcomer Kurt "Astro City" Busiek, was a light-hearted series which mixed nostalgia with a subtle tongue-in-cheek sensibility.

Twelve years later, Robbins returns to Wonder Woman, with a very different story. This week, her prestige format one shot, "Wonder Woman: The Once and Future Story," features a story of domestic violence.

CAMERON NON-COMMITAL ON 'SPIDER-MAN'

Despite persistent rumors, director James Cameron, whose "Titanic" is now the number one grossing movie of all time, has not decided that the long-awaited "Spider-Man" will be his ext project.

The film, which has languished in development hell for years, has been frequently reported to be on Cameron's wish list. But in an interview with Reuters news service, Cameron said he probably won't be making any decisions this year, but that he's possibly going to do a smaller-scale film next.

NEW LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES ARTIST ANNOUNCED

At the June 9 LSH chat on America On Line -- LSH creators meet and talk with fans twice every week on AOL -- it was announced that Scott Kolins will be the new penciller on the book, following the departure of Jason Armstrong, who joined the book only a few months ago.

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