Welcome back to another edition of ATR.
The column is slightly abbreviated this week, as I?ve had limited computer access the last couple of days. I?m also going to have to use a data retrieval service to save the info on my hard drive.
Fun, fun, fun?
Earlier this week, word broke that J.H. Williams will be joining Paul Dini on Detective Comics as the new penciler, instead of the previously announced Rags Morales. In the accompanying interview, Williams said: ?From what I understand DC wants to rotate artists because of the single issue story method. So I think they will have me do the first couple.? Shortly thereafter, I received the following note from ATR Agent, John Voulieris:
- have rotating art chores by J.H. Williams, Rags Morales, an issue by Tim Sale, Darwyn Cooke, and others (chosen by Mark Chiarello).
Since Williams is now working on Detective, a new Vertigo mini with Morrison, and 7 Soldiers, expect rotating artists on 6 issues arcs with Desolation Jones (which was the original plan before J.H. Williams signed on). Gary Erskine is scheduled to do 6 issues.
This Has A ?Face 2 Face? Factor of Five Out of Ten
The Spider-Man of Tomorrow
Over at his blog, Mike Wieringo has posted his redesign of Spider-Man 2211 for an upcoming appearance in Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man:
Apparently, the Hobgoblin from 2211 goes back in time to kill our Spidey, and the Spider-Man of 2211 is somehow able to follow him back, presumably to prevent it?
This Has A ?Gun For Ringo? Factor of Nine Out of Ten
Spider, Spider Revolution
Sticking with Spider-Man for a moment, Joystiq spotted a video online that features a gamer (Bruce Leroy) performing an ?interpretive dance? of Peter Parker’s transformation into Spider-Man, using dual DDR machines. Check it out here.
Man? that?s awesome.
This Has A ?Spider Sense Tingling? Factor of Ten Out of Ten
Still Talkin? To The Dead
Joshua Ortega and Francis Manapul?s The Necromancer will be wrapping up in June. At the Top Cow forum, Matt Hawkins concedes that sales were a factor in the decision, but he also mentions that Manapul?s departure as one of the reasons. (Early rumors still have Manapul possibly ending up at DC) However, there is good news for fans of the series, as Hawkins also posted this message:
- Plans right now for Necromancer’s future are firming up. We’re going to include Necromancer in one of the Marvel crossover books to come out sometime in 2007. The trade paperback will be released in early 2007. On the heels of both of those will come a new arc for Necromancer, too soon to say who the artist will be but Josh will definitely be back.
In an earlier post, Hawkins also indicates that Bandai has expressed interest in The Necromancer and that there may be a manga version by Japanese creators as well?
This Has A ?Black Magic Girl? Factor of Eight Out of Ten
Doug TenNapel (Tommysaurus Rex) has a new OGN coming out in July from Image called Iron West. I don?t know much about the story, but it does appear to be set in the old west and features? robots.
This Has An ?Earthboy Jacobus? Factor of Nine Out of Ten
Rope, Throw And Brand Them
Staying with our mini Western motif, here are some pages from Marvel?s forthcoming Western event. First up a page from The Philadelphia Philly by Jim McCann and David Williams, which will be a part of the Kid Colt & The Arizona Girl one-shot in July.
This Has A ?Hell-Bent For Leather? Factor of Ten Out of Ten
Last of The Small Gods
As I mentioned a few weeks ago, the Small Gods two issue miniseries was canceled due to low sales/preorders. Apparently, the first issue wasn?t finished before the decision to stop was made. And while the series doesn?t look to be coming back anytime soon, the pages that were completed have shown up online:
This Has A ?Psychic Eulogy? Factor of Six Out of Ten
A minor Outsiders trade controversy was sparked over at Mike Sterling?s Progressive Rune. It seems that there was a change between the way a panel appeared in the comic and the way it appears in the trade. Here?s the way it originally looked:
This isn?t the first time The Outsiders has been edited for content?
For example, a page from the upcoming Outsiders #36 will be edited for obvious reasons?
This Has A ?Naked Time? Factor of Eight Out of Ten
Son of Art Attack
Now for your viewing enjoyment, the cover to Sea of Red #13, coming out in August.
Stick a fork in me? I?m done.
PS If anyone has any rumors, stories or news to share, please email me at [email protected]. Thanks to everyone who has been sending stuff in. It?s greatly appreciated.