CHICAGO DAY 1: CrossGen Declares 'War'

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

Comic Books
Michael Patrick Sullivan, Contributing Writer

CrossGen closed out the first day of the WizardWorld convention in Rosemont, IL by announcing a new mini-series for spring of 2004 with major ramifications for the CrossGen Universe.

"The War" is the culmination of all the story lines that have been building through the CrossGen books since the line began, and will feature the invasion by the Negation Universe of both human and Saurian space simultaneously.

"And totally kicking butt," said CrossGen writer Chuck Dixon. "There will be a body count like you've never seen. Whole worlds. Galaxies."

"It's amazing how many things coming together are what we intended in the beginning," said CrossGen head writer Barbara Kesel, "despite all the things that have changed along the way."

Tony Bedard, the writer of "Negation" said that he is glad to finally see what he has set up in his title come to fruition: "I've worked at companies where you can't change the status quo. [CrossGen] is a place where things have real consequences.

Dixon went on to add that, as a big event, "The War" works well as a stand-alone story: "It could easily serve as an introduction to CrossGen for anybody."

Art chores on "The War" will be handled by George Prez, but CrossGen representative Bill Rosemann declined to name any writers at this time.

When asked how Perez's work on "The War" would affect his regular title "Solus," Kesel said "Leonard Kirk will spell George Prez for a couple issues."

In other CrossGen news:

  • "Route 666" #15 will feature guest art by former "Hitman" artist John McCrea. "I don't know if I'm trying to do right by [McCrea], but I think this is my best single issue so far," said writer Bedard. "It's a gasoline-drinking good time."

  • "Scion" #39 will be writer Ron Marz's last issue on the title as will serve as a tribute Hal Foster's Prince Valiant strips. Each page will be formatted as a Prince Valiant Sunday strip with blocks of text separate from the artwork.

  • "Negation" #22 will feature guest art by Dave Ross, whom Rosemann advised fans keep an eye on.

  • Chuck Dixon's "El Cazador" generated excitement among attendees. Mark Allessi said that following the success of the Disney film "Pirates of the Caribbean," that CrossGen has fielded request no less than six studios for the rights to the as-yet-unreleased series.
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