Mark Millar's 'Wanted' by four publishers in December

Sun, July 20th, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Founder/Former Owner

Sunday morning Mark Millar release details of four new titles you can expect from him this December, published through four different company, but linked together by a Millar World logo in the corner of each issue. The full text of the press release is reprinted below.

Official Press Release

Some interesting news for December. As you may have heard whispers about

these last few months, I've been putting together art teams for my

long-promised creator-owned projects. I've also been talking to various

publishers about a pan-industry initiative I've been developing where each

book appears from a different company, but gets linked together by a little logo in the corner of each cover. Although each of these

titles is creator-owned and independent of the others in a story sense,

there are little hints that connect the titles and what I've essentially

done in this sense is create the first industry-wide crossover.

December is going to be a big month with regard to my new Marvel project,

but I think they're holding off until Wizardworld before making any kind of

announcement. On the creator-owned front, the companies I selected for each

of these projects are Top Cow, Dark Horse, Image and Avatar. Each project,

like I said, is self-contained and can be read on their own, but the link

goes beyond the little story hints mentioned earlier. In what I suspect is a

unique move, each of these projects will be carrying ads for the other

projects in the line even though they're all coming from several different

comic-book companues. Obviously, an Avatar book isn't going to sell as much

as a Top Cow book, but hopefully the advertising in both will bring new

readers to both companies.

When you're writing books like The Ultimates, Ultimate X-Men and so on, it's

easy to play it safe and just write top five titles all the time, but I

think that's slightly immoral when you've come from the small press scene

and worked your way up through smaller publishers. What I'm trying to do

with the Millarworld line is balance my career in the same way George

Clooney did by balancing Ocean's Eleven with his own projects like

Confessions of the Dangerous Mind. I'm not interested in creating something

nobody's going to read. These titles are the kind of superhero and horror

comics I've always wanted to write, but I want to own them too and also

produce the kind of material that might be impossible from the big two. The

learning curve that began for me with The Authority and was carried through

Ultimates kind of peaks with the books I've got planned here. WANTED, from

Top Cow, is the superhero book I planned to follow The Authority with before

I went to MArvel and I've been plotting it for three years. Similarly, the

content for THE UNFUNNIES (from Avatar) is just so extreme that neither of

the big two publishers would be allowed to print something of this nature.

I've been working on this initiative for some time and the scripts are

mostly done. Likewise, the artists have all started and most of the series

will be completed or near completed by the time the first issues hit the

stands (I've learned a lot from working with these last two years). It's by

far the biggest thing I've ever done and the biggest thing I've ever been

involved in so I'm as excited as Hell at the prospect of what we might be

able to achieve here. We've been promised features in Wizard, Rolling Stone,

The Sunday Times, Abercrombie and Finch, etc, to promote the line so I think

we might be sitting on something potentially enormous here. As has been

reported elsewhere, Eminem appeared in a UK newspaper last month talking

about how he wanted to buy and appear in the movie version of WANTED so the

heat seems to be spreading before information on the titles has even been

released. Information on the Marvel project won't be given until

Wizardworld, but details of the other titles are as follows:

Writer Mark Millar (The Ultimates)/ Artist JG Jones (Black Widow)

Get ready for the next generation of superhero comics. This mature readers

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title finishes what started with The Authority and continues with The

Ultimates as Mark Millar gives you super-people as you've never seen them

before. The gloves are off for this six issue series that's been described

by the Sunday Times as 'Watchmen for Super-Villains'. Six issues. Monthly.

Writer Mark Millar/ Artist Peter Gross (Books of Magic)

Imagine you were a twelve year old boy from smalltown, USA, who just found

out you were the returned Jesus Christ. Chosen is a three issue series that

kicks off with this premise and explores where he and his family go from

here. It's Stand By Me meets the Book of Revelations as a kid finds out he's

the real deal and has a terrifying destiny ahead of him. This Harry Potter

for fundamentalist Christians. Three issue horror series. Monthly.

Writer Mark Millar/ Artist Anthony Williams

Leave your taste at the door. The Unfunnies is a shock to the senses unlike

anything we've ever seen before in the comic-book medium. 'Horror needs to

be horror', insists Millar. 'The Unfunnies is the most uncompromising thing

I've ever written and I'm immensely proud of it, but slightly worried about

people reading it. It's really THAT fucked-up.'Imagine Magnolia or Happiness

drawn in the style of Scooby Doo and using a combination of Looney Tunes art

with real world photographs designed by animator Anthony Williams. Four

issue horror series. Monthly.

Four self-contained one-shots coming out through 2004 and part of the new

wave of superhero thinking that begins with WANTED. Essentially, these are

all adult, 21st century updates of the old 20th century concepts Marvel and

DC have had such success with since the 1930s. The first book is called RUN!

and is a completely, completely new way of looking at super-speed. The

artist for this book is the brilliant Ashley Wood and the title ships in

December. The next three titles (next release being POW!) are also

self-contained and will be drawn by John Cassaday (Planetary, Captain

America), Frank Quitely (The Authority, New X-Men) and a

fourth superstar artist who can't be named at the moment because he's still

under contract elsewhere. Four self-contained one-shots starting in December

and running through 2004.

As you might have heard, the site is undergoing a

facelift at the moment and we're coming back soon with an expanded line-up

of features including a monthly magazine format. Each of these titles will

be heavily advertised on the site and lettered previews of each series will

be available for downloads here in the week prior to the wizardworld

convention in Chicago. Also, it's worth pointing out that none of these

books will interfere with my current commitment to Marvel Comics. These

titles have been mostly written and, by the time they appear, announcements

will already have been made regarding my next two Marvel titles. I'm

planning to make a MAJOR commitment to Marvel at the end of the year, but

these are books I've wanted to do for years and I just needed to get them

out of my system first.

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