Comic Wire

Thu, November 2nd, 2000 at 12:00am PST

Comic Books
Beau Yarbrough, Columnist

BACK TO THE FUTURE:

DC REUNITES SUPERBOY & LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES

[Superboys Legion]DC Comics' Legion of Super-Heroes started out as one-time only guest stars in a Superboy comic. Since then, they have gone on to have a long -- and sometimes checkered -- career, which in recent years has had little to do with the company's current Superboy. But next year, for two months at least, Superboy and the Legion will be reunited.

It won't be happening in the pages of the Legion's comic -- the six issue "Legion Quest" miniseries that follows the current 12-part "Legion Lost" series and tells what's been happening to the Legionnaires who weren't lost -- but in a two-part Elseworlds miniseries by the creators of "Justice League of America: The Nail."

As with Mark Farmer's and Alan Davis' "Nail," "Superboy's Legion" asks the question of what if something went wrong with baby Kal-El's escape from the doomed planet Krypton. Unlike "The Nail," though, his rocket doesn't arrive in 20th century Kansas, but veers off-course, and isn't found for a thousand years, when the rocket's tiny occupant is adopted by billionaire industrialist -- and Legion founder in the "real" DC Universe -- R.J. Brande.

As Brande's adopted son, Kal grows up a child of privilege, until he decides to form a Legion of Super-Heroes …

"Superboy's Legion," a two issue prestige format DC Comics miniseries, is scheduled to begin on February 21.

MARVEL NEEDS WRITERS

Opportunities to write for the major comic companies are, by all accounts, becoming harder and harder to come by.

Marvel Comics, though, threw open the floodgates this week with an open call posted on their Web site:

"Marvel Comics is seeking talented writers for upcoming novelization projects. Please email a brief but amazing writing sample to: authorsearch@marvel.com

"No phone calls or hacks please."

Novels featuring Marvel superheroes are published regularly.

ELLIS/HERNANDEZ 'POPPY' PREVIEW ONLINE

If you look in the dictionary under "Web-savvy comics creators," the illustrations beside the entry might well be of Warren Ellis and Lea Hernandez.

And thus, it's no surprise that a sneak preview of "Poppy," their three-part story running in Hernandez's Image Comics series "Rumble Girls" is now online at PopImage.

The serial is the story of Poppy, a girl grown by her parents in a Nativity Garden and raised in a future society that's a good deal less mature than she is.

"Poppy," written by Ellis, with art by Hernandez, appears in issues five through seven of "Rumble Girls."

THE COMIC BRIEF IN BRIEF

In addition to Monday's Comic Wire, Tuesday saw a Comic Wire Extra edition following a Marvel Comics press conference about their new Marvel.Comics initiative. You can read the story here.

A fairly big moment for Todd McFarlane leads off the round-up of CBR's Comic Brief since the last edition of the Comic Wire:

  • Judge tosses out $24.5 million judgment against Todd McFarlane, calls award a 'mistake'

  • OniPress.com debuts 'Kissing Chaos'

  • 'Silence' breaks new ground at DarkHorse.com

  • 'Footsoldiers' and 'Sky Ape' are the one-two punch for AiT/Planet Lar inFebruary

  • 'Barry Ween' returns to monkey around with Oni Press

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