Comic Wire

Mon, July 9th, 2001 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
Beau Yarbrough, Columnist

ROCKETED FROM PLANET LAR:

LARRY YOUNG TO DO SUPERHERO COMIC

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Comic Book Resource's original Loose Cannon, Larry Young, loves him some comics.

The writer-publisher's independent comic company, AIT/Planet Lar has written everything from astronaut stories to the tale of an invisible starlet. What he hasn't written, though, has been comics' biggest seller, superheroes. Until now.

Young announced that he and "Star Wars" artist Brandon McKinney are collaborating on "Planet of the Capes," a 72 page graphic novel to be published by AIT/Planet Lar in the spring of 2002.

"I was on the phone with X-Men and Superman writer Joe Casey, who was trying, in his good-natured way, to convince me to try my hand at a superhero book," Young said in his announcement. "About the time I finished saying, 'Joe, man, I don't have anything to say about superheroes,' the whole idea for 'Planet of the Capes' just whooshed into my head."

As with another comic book iconoclast -- Scott McCloud's "Destroy!" one shot comes to mind -- Young's superhero commentary will be heavy on the fisticuffs.

"You can look at 'Planet of the Capes,' on one level, as a sixty-six page fight scene, sure," McKinney said in the press release, "But on another level, it's Larry and I commenting on the comic book industry in general. Each one of the main characters represents one of the familiar superhero archetypes, but they also represent certain factions of the comic book industry, too. It's a layered thing. No matter how you hold it up to the light, it's an enjoyable book."

Among the archetypes featured will be "a strange visitor from another planet, a dark and brooding super-patriot, a rampaging monster of destruction, and an interdimensional princess."

BEAU SMITH ON THE LATE GUY GARDNER

[Guy Gardner]Warning: Spoliers for JLA: Our Worlds at War #1 in the following story

Holy irony, er, Green Lantern ...

In the last edition of the Comic Wire, we quote former "Guy Gardner: Warrior" writer Beau Smith on what he'd like to do with the character, if given another chance.

The day that Comic Wire was posted was the same day that DC Comics' "JLA: Our Worlds at War" #1 was published, in which Aquaman and Guy Gardner die defending the planet from the forces of Imperiex.

Oops.

"Guy dead?" Smith told the Comic Wire on Friday. "You can't keep a good Guy down. Check out issue #44 of 'Guy Gardner: Warrior' and see how Guy deals with death."

JOHN STATEMA ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN LOS ANGELES

Just in case you missed Friday's correction, here's the scoop: John Statema is alive. As in not dead.

The report of the artist's "death" hit the Internet last week with a memorial written by Jerry Ordway, a memorial that was run by a number of online news sites, including CBR's Comic Brief.

Ordway had been the victim of an elaborate hoax perpetrated by someone claiming to be Statema's widow.

Statema is, in fact, alive and working for Sony Animation in Los Angeles.

AMERICA'S COMIC BRIEF

Here's what's news and press releases in CBR's Comic Brief:

  • Detectives, Inc. movie bows at San Diego Con

  • Image announces publication of new book, "Image Introduces ..."

  • CrossGen hires penciler Karl Moline

  • Marvel's New Ratings System ... Explained!

And last time in the Comic Wire:

  • A Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition: Jason Bone of "Alison Dare"

  • Superboy Grows Up This Fall

  • Beau Smith's Manly "Guy Gardner" Desires

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