Dark Night For The First Night

The word is that Authority spin-off, The Monarchy, is to close its doors with #12. However, I hear that trade paperback plans are still to go ahead with the published issues. This advance-cancellation also gives the creative team to wrap up the storyline and give it a good send off.

Maybe this is time for me to pitch a sequel? Monarchy II, this time about the real British monarchy in the Wildstorm Universe. The Queen Mum’s a Daemonite, Fergie took Coda training and Prince William’s gap year was actually following around Drummer, doing work experience for Planetary…

Wildstorm refused to comment on this story.

This Has A Rumour Value Of 8 Out Of 10


Ennis and McCrea are set to republish a TPB of their Dicks series – after all, those Caliber TPBs did keep falling apart. Dicks was a sequel to their sentimental and realist series Troubled Souls, originally called A Few Troubles More.

Redrawn and finished in black and white, this was a funny, sick cross between Divorcing Jack and the Carry On movies. Toilet humour and sectarian politics, snakes and ghosts abound.

The new TPBs will have additional pages… hence its new title. Bigger Dicks. Ho ho.

This Has A Rumour Value Of 8 Out Of 10

In The Ring?

I’ve been hearing the rumour that Chaos Comics has actually been bought out by its licenser, the WWF. Not unusual in this business, given Eidos’ increasing buyout of Top Cow (and increased editorial influence).

None of the Chaos execs replied to emails, but one Jayson Bernstein of the WWF replied, stating that there was no truth to the rumour.

Damn and blast, why’d he have to go spoil my fun?

This Has A Rumour Value Of 2 Out of 10

Frightening Plugs

Antony (No Relation) Johnston has an illustrated novel, Frightening Curves, out now from Cyberosia. I’m half way though… and it’s holding up rather nicely. So unless the second half turns to shit, why not try this magical realist spy story set in modern day London today! It shipped from Diamond last Wednesday… have you got your copy yet?

And while we’re on the subject, have you read Top Ten #12 yet? Have you? Have you? No? Foolish child… go do so immediately!

And New X-Men from the other week. If you haven’t you should have. Silly muffins.

Oh and there’s a new Borderline with a new Burning Down The Curtain article at http://borderline.mediahall.co.uk

This Has A Plug Value Of 9 Out Of 10

Done For Soliciting

Let’s take a look at the current state of the X-Men – Quesada’s main priority for “fixing” when he took the job. Critical successes like Cable and the Counter X line were cancelled, while nostalgia buffs saw Hidden Years taken away. Claremont was removed from the main book, and Mackie was moved from Mutant X, given a name change and placed on Brotherhood.

While the Morrison and Milligan bits are unadulterated fun and, at times, terribly clever with it, the rest is sadly lacking. Casey’s Uncanny has not fulfilled his promise on WildCATS, while Brotherhood and the new mini-series are, sadly, lacking. Claremont’s X-Treme X-Men puts pay to the theory that his second run on X-Men was poor due to editorial interference.

There are more reports from WizardWorld which state that Casey was conspicuously absent from the X-Men signings on the Saturday and Sundays of the con. His name was seen written on the Marvel event boards before being erased off. He did sign books there on Friday and did Marvel panels but spent the remainder of the con over at the DC table.

One ATR-ite was quite specific in criticism, picking up a copy of the new Previews and flicking through the Marvel listings – 3 X-books read, “At press time, no information was available.”

One is Rogue #4 – a miniseries that Marvel may have realised is a serious misfire. Maybe they’re trying to salvage it? But Lopresti is meant to have finished the series… what could Marvel be doing to it to prevent them being able to tell Previews what’s in it? Serious changes?

The other two are X-Treme X-Men #7 and X-Treme X-Men: Savage Land #3. Both by Chris Claremont… supposedly. Shouldn’t they know what’s going to be in those – considering Claremont plots months ahead? And one being a mini-series?

The word is that Claremont’s nice and expensive staff contract has expired and he’s pure freelance again. If, as has been theorised, Claremont was given X-Treme X-Men as a way to a) use the existing contract and b) push the Bob Harras-linked Claremont to the side of the X-books without alienating him altogether. It was rumoured that Bob Harras was Claremont’s main promoter at Marvel, and with him gone…

The word was they promised him twelve issues on X-Treme – could the mini-series be a way to get through those issues in eight months rather than twelve?

There’s a lot of conjecture going on here, mixed up in the usual rumours, so let’s say…

This Has A Rumour Value Of 3 Out Of 10

Completely Wired

Forget Tank Girl… the real star for me from the comic and music anthology, Deadline, was Philip Bond’s Cheeky Wee Budgie Boy and Wired World. Word is that Bond’s in talks to reprint the latter. I wonder if being married to Shelly Bond, Vertigo DC editor might help? Hope so… it’s a fine piece of work.

Of course, first, Bond has to find all the original film…

This Has A Rumour Value Of 5 Out Of 10

The Customer Is Always A Hairy Neck

The Quesademas Experiment have come under attack by some vocal retailers for “insulting retailers.” While my response may have been that if a retailer felt he was being attacked, then maybe he deserved it, a recent retailers phone conference saw Bill Jemas refer to Brian Hibbs as a “Hairy Neck” and called Joe Field’s store Flying Colors, “Failing Colors” repeatedly. Um, okay, that should do it.

This Has A Rumour Value Of 5 Out of 10

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