Okay, short column. While you’re all off sunning yourself at WizardWorld trying to avoid the increasing desperate attempts to promote Shadow Reavers, I’m off to the finest comics convention in the world, Caption, in Oxford. Pimms, Jeremy Dennis and folded pieces of paper. This is the life!

No doubt the debauched activities of WizardWorld will fill next week’s column, but for now here’s a few morsels to chomp on.

Joss Starks

Buffy The Vampire Slayer‘s Joss Whedon may be writing Iron Man for Marvel… but is it the comic, a film script… or possibly both? Time will tell.

This Has A Rumour Value Of 7 Out Of 10

Just Some Guy, Y’Know?

So Guy Gardner dies in the Invas… sorry, the Our World At War DC Universe crossover? So what’s Beau Smith doing being signed up to write a new Guy Gardner series?

This Has A Rumour Value Of 7 Out Of 10

Spaced Out

Bill Rosemann writes in response to the allegation that Marvel’s spat with CSN was over a lack of cover space saying, “Not a shread of truth to this one, Rich. Joe was angered because CrossGen was using paid ads to carry out a smear campaign against other publishers, creators, and even online reviewers in a public forum. And that was even before he learned that he too had been the target of CrossGen’s negativity. Rather, it was CrossGen’s nasty attacks on Matt Hawkins and Top Cow that inspired Joe to take a stand. But thanks for giving me the opportunity to bring the truth to the people!”

I also hear Bill shot Marvel Dog just to watch him die…

This Has A Rumour Value Of 7 Out Of 10

Clan Destiny

Another shot in the Marvel / CrossGen Wars came from San Diego. An ATR reader writes:

“I was near the front of the line for a George Perez sketch at the CrossGen booth when along comes Alan Davis, his son, and CrossGen honcho Mark Alessi. Alessi introduced Davis to a bunch of people with great excitement. He was openly courting Davis to come to CrossGen, saying that whenever he’s done his current project, some adaptation, that he should sign with them.

“He then introduced Davis and his son to Perez. A couple of fans got excited about this fateful meeting (it was the first time the two artist had met) and took a couple of snapshots. As did a CrossGen photog.

“Perez talked to Davis about working at CrossGen, ‘I had my doubts about joining but this place is the best. It’s home.’

“While Davis mulled on that, Alessi gleefully said, ‘Let’s see how Quesada likes this!'”

This Has A Rumour Value Of 5 Out Of 10

Cats And Dodson

I hear that Terry Dodson will be the artist for Kevin Smith’s Black Cat series for Marvel. Kevin said, however, that it’s, “news to me.”

This Has A Rumour Value Of 3 Out Of 10

Chasing Tom

I hear that DC have been courting traditionalist Marvel editor Tom Brevoort, offering him JLA but that he’s holding out for a bunch of other high profile books.

With an uncanny echo to Kevin Smith, Tom says it’s, “news to me.”

This Has A Rumour Value Of 2 Out Of 10

Don’t Make Him Cross

By the way, while many CrossGen employees enjoy the ‘cult’ gags, I hear Marc Alessi is less keen. So, be advised, if you meet the man at WizardWorld, don’t offer him Kool Aid or ask about the local FBI setting up camps around the company headquarters. It’s just not polite, okay?

This Has A Ruimour Value Of 5 Out Of 10


While again refusing this column’s permission to quote him directly, John Byrne recently talked about the possibility of Dark Horse reprinting Next Men in a black-and-white phonebooks, akin to Cerebus or Marvel’s Essential line.

John has often stated he prefers to see his work printed in black and white and reports talks with Mike Richardson about this proposal. This might also include another volume reprinting Babe, Danger Unlimited, Prototykes, and more.

This Has A Rumour Value Of 7 Out Of 10

Before I go, a quick plug for Jeremy Dennis’ wonderful comics at http://www.alleged.demon.co.uk/jrd

So you next Sunday! And send me all your WizardWorld goss now…

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