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Fri, June 25th, 1999 at 12:00am PST

Comic Books
Beau Yarbrough, Columnist


The next Peter Parker.

That's what Erik "Savage Dragon" Larsen is shooting for in his new

ongoing "Nova" series from Marvel, first reported here at Comic Wire

last week.

"My initial thoughts were that Spider-Man has grown up," Larsen told

Newsarama this week. "He's married and in some ways he's beyond

what made him accessible to begin with. He's got a beautiful wife, a good

job and things are going okay. Marvel needs a new teen hero to pick up

the slack and give young readers a hero to identify with. I think that could

be our boy, Nova."

As Larsen sees it, Richard Rider, who's previously starred in two "Nova"

series in the past, as well as being an important member of the "New

Warriors," is even more approachable than Parker was, back before he

married a supermodel, became best buddies with most of the Marvel

Universe (except for the obligatory mobs in the recent "Spider-Hunt"

storyline) and generally lives the life of Riley.

Larsen's new series will feature Rider and his roommates, all of whom

split their time between community college and finding ways to use the

Nova abilities in entertaining ways.

"This is just the kind of book I'd love to do. Naturally there will be tons

of cool bad guys both old and new but the drive of the book is these 3

idiots trying to share an apartment and a secret."

Larsen reiterated that no artistic team has been chosen, although Glenn

Greenberg will edit it.

In other Larsen news, the long-awaited official "Savage Dragon" Web

site is now online at



Loyal Legion of Super-Heroes fans have meant that DC Comics has

produced more Archive editions of the future team's early adventures

for any of its other characters, even superstars like Batman or

Superman. But fans who want to read the massive team's adventures

from the beginning don't need to shell out the $400-plus it'd take to

pick up all the collections.

During Tuesday's LSH Chat at America Online, colorist Tom McCraw

and penciller Jeff Moy announced that a paperback this winter will

reprint the team's adventures from the beginning. Their second

beginning, that is. Just as Superman restarted from square one after

DC's "Crisis on Infinite Earths," the Legion was "rebooted" following

DC's "Zero Hour" event.

The new paperback, expected in November, will reproduce

approximately a year of LSH stories from the two Legion books,

through the "White Triangle" climax. And unlike recent omnibus editions

from Marvel and Wildstorm, the paperback is expected to be printed in


In other news from the chat session, it was announced that Kevin West

will be pencilling the LSH story in the forthcoming "Adventure Comics"

80 Page Giant. West is best known for handling the art chores on

Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" series, a book about space-faring

superheroes in the far future widely regarded as being inspired by the



The third of Marvel Comics' collaborations with smaller comic book

companies is this fall's "Supernaturals" series, featuring Marvel

characters including the Black Cat, Brother Voodoo and Doctor

Strange, done by the company behind Lady Death and Evil Ernie,

Chaos Comics.

Fans who don't want to wait that long to see what the horror-toned

alternate Marvel Universe will be like can check out the exclusive

preview pages at the 4-Color Review Web site


Marvel's first collaboration with a smaller company was

Marvel/Wildstorm's "Heroes Reborn" year-long event, which took a

fresh look at Captain America, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four and the

Avengers. And later this year, Event Comics takes on Daredevil, the

Black Panther, the Inhumans, the Punisher and - as reported here

Monday - the Black Widow in the "Marvel Knights" series of books.

Also at the 4-Color Review site is lush artwork by Paul Lee for

Marvel's upcoming "Strange Tales" series.


Although still a fan favorite, Kevin O'Niell's and Pat Mills' "Marshal

Law" series has come in fits and starts from the beginning, when the

series started in the 1980s at Marvel's Epic Comics imprint, when a full

year went by between the fifth and sixth issues, with only eight more

issues appearing before 1997. (The two also collaborated on a pair of

"Dark Mite" stories for DC Comics in that time.)

So when fans of the dark superhero satire were bombarded, relatively

speaking, with four issues in 1997 and 1998, some might have thought

the series was finally going to be coming out on a more regular


But then along came Alan Moore.

Moore's forthcoming "League of Distinguished Gentlemen" from

Homage Comics, starring the fictional heroes of the 19th century, will

be pencilled by the idiosyncratic O'Niell. And that ties up half the

"Marshal Law" team until 1999, according to Mills.

But Mills isn't sitting on his hands in the meantime: Look for an

announcement about a project at one of the majors soon.

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