At Comic Con International in San Diego today, in the infamous Room 5AB, Wildstorm spoke about its plans for 2004 and early 2005, bringing some surprises for the devoted "Stormtroopers," as some have nicknamed fans of the DC Comics imprint, and CBR News was there to catch all the surprises. In attendance at the panel were a multitude of creators from Wildstorm and some surprise guests.
Bob Wayne began by introducing the cast of creators and, to laughter, tossed out a Marvel sign saying "No, Dan Buckley's not here." In the introductions, writer/artist Howard Chaykin revealed he has a new project called "City of Tomorrow" next year (for more on the book, see the Newsarama interview with Chaykin) and director John Ridley ("Undercover Brother," "Three Kings") has a series called "Razor's Edge" featuring Wildcats favorite Warblade. Joe Casey laughed, "I'm the writer of three cancelled Wildstorm books."
The first book spotlighted was "Authority: Revolution," the twelve-issue maxi-series from writer Ed Brubaker and artist Dustin Nguyen, which Nguyen laughed is different because, "It's me and Ed... telling a lot of the origins." Brubaker called "Authority" his "favorite comic and I really wanted to do it. It was the first superhero book I got back into when I got into mainstream comics." He commented on how he'll put his stamp on the series and said there will be the, "the requisite amount of stuff blowing up" though he planned to flesh out the characters more and see what happens when the problems come from within.
The "Sleeper" slide drew a lot of applause and Brubaker said, "If your retailers aren't carrying it, you need to kill them." Everyone laughed and Bob Wayne added, "We do not need to make comic book retailers an endangered species," which drew more laughs.
A few new Warren Ellis series are coming from Wildstorm: "Desolation Jones" with J.H Williams is an unusual detective series, with spy overtones and as Williams said, "Warren's usual insanity." "Ocean" is a big, giant sci-fi epic, starting out on Earth and winding up on Europa. All six issues are written and completed by Ellis.
For those who get confused reading about geography in "Astro City," there'll be an "Astro City Visitor's Guide" in October with a cover from Alex Ross and art by legends such as George Perez, current stars like Carlos Pacheco and more.
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One of DC's big announcements was a new deal with their UK sister company IPC, wherein DC will bring back the Silver Age UK heroes with new creators and adventures. The characters and stories are said to be macabre, very different from the usual superhero comics. Alan Moore and his daughter Leah Moore are said to be working on one of the projects and British creators are foaming at the mouth to work on the characters.
CBR's own Rich Johnston was in attendance at the panel and added some details about IPC for American readers not familiar with the publisher.
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Leah Moore is also working on a six issue mini series called "Wild Girl" from ABC with art by Shawn McManus. For more on the series, see the Newsarama Interview. She has said she will consider showing up at the CCI next year as long as no one asks her if her dad is retiring from comics.
One of DC's hit series this year is "Ex Machina" and Harris said the creator owned series is like "lightning striking twice," comparing it to his fond memories of "Starman." The series will also go to 12 issues a year instead of ten.
|Bob Wayne, Scott Dunbier, Dustin Nguyen and Joe Casey.||Bob Wayne and Scott Dunbier|
|John Rogers, Scott Dunbier, Jim Lee, Ed Brubaker, Dustin Nguyen and Joe Casey||John Ridley, Howard Chaykin and J.H. Willaims|
|John Rogers||J.H. Williams, Tony Harris and Alex Sinclair|