CHICAGO DAY 1: Phil Jimenez Exclusive with DC, Talks 'Otherworld'

Fri, August 8th, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
Rob Worley, Columnist

"Otherworld"

DC Comics presented attendees at WizardWorld Chicago with a look at upcoming DC/Vertigo projects. The major announcement coming out of the panel is that Phil Jimenez has signed a three-year exclusive contract with DC.

Jimenez spoke enthusiastically about his ambitious new project "Otherworld." The book has been described as "The Real World" meets "Lord of the Rings" meets "Tron." It's a 12 issue maxi-series featuring the adventures of an 18 year old college student and musician who discovers she is an earthbound sorcerer.

"Vertical"

"It's sort of that dream project that every creator has," Jimenez said. "It's a very personal work, me musing over a lot of world events, the notion of celebrity and war and a bunch of other stuff."

While it's a character-driven piece, the comic will also feature epic battles between mythological creatures and science fiction technology.

"The think I like about it is it's a huge art project, so even though there are all these themes and subtext, it's basically dragons fighting space ships. It's pure art."

Steven Seagle, Mike Allred and Phillip Bond present the unusually formatted "Vertical." The book is four inches wide and 22 inches high. The book, due in December, is the story of Brando Bale - a young man covered with cuts, stitches and bruises from his many leaps from high places in an attempt to find God - and Zilly Kane - a teenager who dreams of fame and finds Brando instead.

"Swamp Thing:
Bad Seed"

Neil Gaiman will be co-writing the first story arc of the newly revamped "Books of Magic" comic with British TV writer Si Spencer. "Lucifer" artist Dean Ormston is illustrating.

"It's a completely different take on Tim Hunter. It's not a Tim Hunter that you've ever seen before," said Vertigo assistant editor Mariah Huehner. "It takes place in an alternate reality and there's a lot really bad stuff going down."

"The Books of Magic" will begin early in 2004.

"Swamp Thing: Bad Seed" written by Andy Diggle with art by Enrique Breccia. DC provided this description of the book:

"When the long-forgotten Sargon the Sorcerer dupes Tefé into battling her own father, it's up to John Constantine to intervene before all of humanity is caught in the crossfire."

Other Vertigo projects discussed were:

"It's A Bird"

  • "Vimanarama" is latest work of Grant Morrison as detailed in the recent interview on Comic Book Resources.

  • An upcoming storyline in starting in "Lucifer" #43 will introduce Duplicity and Deceit too wannabe members of The Endless.

  • Swamp Thing and Phantom Stranger are due to make appearances in an upcoming storyline of "Constantine."

  • "Sgt. Rock: Between Hell and a Hard Place" hardcover is due out in October. Written by Brian Azzarello with art by Rock veteran Joe Kubert doing the art. The book will be 144 pages.

  • An all new "Human Target" ongoing series is due next year. Peter Milligan will be writing it with Javier Pulido doing the art.

  • "Fables: The Last Castle" is said to be a good jumping on point for new readers. The story takes place before the events of the ongoing series and involves the epic last stand in the homeland between the fables.

  • "Midnight Mass: Here There be Monsters" will be published in January. John Rozum writes the follow-up mini with art by Paul Lee.

  • "Bite Club" by Howard Chaykin, David Tischman with art by David Hahn is said to be a bloody, sexy comic featuring a Miami-based crime family of vampires.

  • "Lovecraft" will be a hardcover graphic novel with Keith Giffen adapting the screenplay by Hans Rodionoff. Enrique Breccia handles the art on this one too.

    Seagle is also writing "It's a Bird," which the panelists called a meta-Superman story, about a man charged with the task of writing a Superman screenplay and the resulting inner turmoil. The writer's "House of Secrets" collaborator Teddy Christiansen will handle the art.

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