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Sunday, December 18, 2005

Whatever happened to...


While googling the term, "comic book news reporter"(don't ask why, its top secret), I came across this MarvelFamily.com tidbit which led me to this ComicBookResources.com tidbit from July of 2003 about Grant Morrison going DC exclusive.

In terms of DC's projects with DC, one of the six will be with Frank Quitely and Morrison admits to having an idea for Captain Marvel Junior, the guy he calls the "blue guy." He wants to do less cerebral work and do more "heartbreaking" work, such as his "Animal Man," which Morrison read recently and said brought him to tears. One of these will be an Islamic sci-fi series and another called "Indestructible Man," a Kirby-esque series. Another series was called "We3," though CBR News must admit to the language barrier potentially causing a mangling of that title.


"Indestructible Man", I seen neither hide nor hair of any such series. Although there are homages to Kirby's work in Seven Soldiers, I don't know if I would call it Kirby-esque. As for the "blue guy", with the big shake up to Captain Marvel's world in Day Of Vengeance, it would make sense for Morrison to come along and breath new life into the Captain Marvel family. So there you go. Grant Morrison working on Captain Marvel Junior and "Indestructible Man." You heard it hear first....for the...third time?

My only request is that they get Steve Lieber to draw it.


13 comments:

kelvingreen said...

Morrison often described Vimanarama (the "Islamic sci fi series") as "Kirbyesque" in promotional stuff, so it could be that they got some of the details wrong in this snippet, and that they're not separate projects at all.

Spencer Carnage said...

That definitely is a possibility. I still wonder what "Indestructible Man" is all about. Speaking of Vimanarama, was that any good?

kelvingreen said...

The first couple of issues of Vimanarama were excellent, but it all went a bit strange in the third issue, and I'm not sure it really worked.

Also, rather ironically for an Islamic scifi comic, you may have to be British to really get the most out of it. American reviewers did seem rather baffled by it.

Spencer Carnage said...

Why would that be? I imagine it would have to be your closer proximity to the Islamic world, most likely, but I could be wrong.

kelvingreen said...

Well, it's about Pakistani families in Britain, and it has that Douglas Adams "average bloke caught up in crazy happenings but taking it with a sense of British practicality" thing going for it too.

To me, it read more British than particularly Islamic, to be honest. Which I realise sounds a bit odd considering how DC were promoting it, but it's pretty clear that they didn't know what to make of it. They seemed to think it was set in India, for example.

So yeah, it was about Islamic mythology, but it had a very British sensibility to the characterisation, I thought.

Jhunt said...

Yeah, I'd have to agree there. A bit more than a little "Arthur Dent" in the lead character, I believe.

I never read more than the first issue, though. Maybe I'll try and pick up the collected edition that just came out. Philip Bond art is dead pretty.

kelvingreen said...

You know, it's stuff like Ali's father being faced with all these mythical heroes and instead worrying about what the neighbours will think, or how this will affect his shop. Very Adamsey, I thought.

Bond's art is spectacular throughout. If DC haven't done a poster of the splash page from the first issue, they need to immediately.

Word verification: mozax! Warrior-king from the Gth Dimension!

kelvingreen said...

Oh, and the problem with the collected Vimanarama (and all of that first (he promised more where they came from) wave of Morrison Vertigo projects) is that it's more expensive than the single issues were.

Matt said...

I dug Vimanarama. Heavily.

As for the Captain Marvel Jr. project, I seem to remember that it spurred from the Q/A session he gave at SDCC 2003 (which I covered for Newsarama. My big break...) where he mentioned offhandedly that Captain Marvel Jr. was one of the characters he'd really love to write. The Moore/Morrison "feud" was fueled by that session as well.

BTW, if you can catch him in a public forum, do so. He's damn entertaining, and not all that difficult to understand in terms of accent.

Ditto on getting Lieber to draw the series, though. He's a sadly undervalued and underutilized artist.

Spencer Carnage said...

Alan Moore Vs Grant Morrison must be like Dr. Strange fighting Dormmamu.

Matt said...

If that sucker was drawn by Ditko, then sign me up. As it stands, it's not such an exciting feud...

kelvingreen said...

That's because the part of it happening on this plane isn't very exciting. You should see the pyrotechnics between them in the higher dimensions. :)

Augie De Blieck Jr. said...

That last Captain Marvel pic has Steve Lieber's face. It never ceases to amuse me how so many characters in comics wind up looking like the artists who are drawing them. All that looking in a mirror eventually takes a toll. ;-)