CCI, Day 3 - Panel Gone Wild(Storm)

Sat, July 16th, 2005 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
Andy Khouri, Editor

DC Comics' torrent of new series promotion continued at the WildStorm

panel Saturday morning, beginning with "Wildsiderz," the new ongoing by

"Danger Girl" creators J. Scott Campbell and Andy Hartnell.

"I've had this idea for, gosh, about five years now. Since about the midway point

in 'Danger Girl,'" Campbell said. "It started with this cool visual of

these teenagers with kind of holographic appendages on their body and it

just grew from there." While one Campbell's previous series, "Gen13,"

also dealt with teenage superheroes, Campbell believes that "Wildsiderz"

is truer to the spirit of high school life and attitudes. "It's the kind

of comics I remember reading when I first got into comics. Played for all

ages but by no means dumbed down for a younger audience."

"Captain Atom: Armageddon" fulfills the second part of a pact between Jim

Lee and DCU editor Dan DiDio. "This is something we've bee planning for a

while," Lee explained.

"Dan has a real interest in what's going on in the

WildStorm Universe. We had Majestic in the DCU for a while, and this is

the second part of that idea." Lee explained that the respective

universes were very different from each other, and that the new Captain

Atom series will really highlight why. "It will also set up a very big

event I can't talk about."

Two of WildStorm's most classic teams return this winter with "Wildcats:

Nemesis" and "Team Zero." "Nemesis," a nine-issue series by writer Robbie

Morrison and artists Talent Caldwell, Horacio Domingues and Matt Banning

finds Zealot and her Coda sisters on their home world battling one of their

people's great villains: Nemesis, the rogue warrior responsible for

betraying Khere's forces on Earth. "Team Zero" is set in Nazi Germany and

is the story of the original agent codenamed Deathblow, The six-issue

mini-series is illustrated by Doug Mahnke and Sandra Hope, and is written

by original "Team 7" scribe Chuck Dixon.

Authority foil Kev returns one again in "The Authority: The Magnificent Kevin." Written by Garth Ennis with art by Carlos Ezquerra, the one-shot finds Kevin pondering the futility and horror of his life before he's sent on another perilous mission involving the Authority. Glenn Fabry provides the cover.

Lauded "Adam Strange" writer Andy Diggle returns with "Silent Dragon," an

explosive six-issue miniseries illustrated by Leinil Yu and Gerry

Alanguilan. "Silent Dragon" is a science fiction tale set in the

immediate future, and follows one man's war against the government of

Japan and the Yakuza, who are attempting to completely take over the

Japanese islands.

"It's some of the best stuff Leinil's ever done," proclaimed editor Ben Abbernathy.

The ubiquitous "Watchmen" will be receiving WildStorm's Absolute treatment

this October. The classic tale by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons will be

released in an oversized, slip-cased hardcover and completely recolored by

WildStorm FX.

"The book never really was printed in color the way Dave

Gibbons or John Higgins wanted it to be," explained Bob Wayne. "One thing

Dave wanted from the very beginning was to recolor it. We had WildStorm

FX follow the original spirit of John Higgins' coloring and recolor the

entire series. Then John Higgins went back and touched it up himself.

Dave [Gibbons] was integral to this process. He approved everything from

the black and whites to the coloring to the design on the slipcase." The

Absolute edition of "Watchmen" will also feature artwork originally

released with the Graffiti Designs edition twenty-years ago. WildStorm

worked with Gibbons and Graffiti to recover a huge amount of material and

insure that this time it would be reproduced with the highest possible

quality. "It's 464 pages, the biggest Absolute book we've done.

Seventy-five dollars. I actually think it's a bargain."

Tony Harris, artist of newly Eisner-winning new title "Ex-Machina," took

some time to answer a fan's question about his artistic process.

"I shoot

pretty much everything. One thing I hadn't done before 'Ex-Machina' was to

cast just about everybody ... I thought it was really important that

everybody in 'Ex-Machina' have a very singular face, whether they have

just a panel of book or a 10-page sequence." Harris explained that he

casts people right in his own neighborhood, and that as a result,

rehearsals and photo sessions see him addressing people he actually knows

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by the names of their characters. "We do a dry read-through of the

dialogue. Very much like rehearsing a stage play. I block all the

action. I never use props or specific stuff like that, but I always ask

the model for Mitchell to wear a suit to the rehearsals. I used to do a

lot of layouts early in my career, but Brian's scripts are so detailed and

so worked together, 90 percent of my process is all in the shoot. By the time I

sit down to the board to draw anything, it's just execution by that


"I love 'Ex-Machina, but the language is kind of rough," remarked one fan.

"My mom would agree with you on the language," Vaughn replied. "But when

I began [writing 'Ex-Machina'] I was reading the Nixon transcripts, and I

think our characters swear considerably less."

The panel concluded with a discussion of another new miniseries,

"Wraithborn," written by Marcia Chen & Joe Benitez, with artwork by

Benitez and inker Joe Weems. A normal high school girl finds herself in

possession of a mysterious power she shouldn't have. The power, normally

wielded by a group known as the wraithborn, defend humanity from

supernatural beings called wraiths. When Valin, the man trained to be a

hero and wield this power, finds that his powers have been given to an

unworthy young girl, he's forced to involve her in his world of danger and


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