Hell Cast

All The Rage understands that Ron Perlman (Beauty And The Beast, Blade II) has been cast in the lead role for the upcoming Hellboy movie.

Another one Nicolas Cage missed out on…

This Has A Rumour Value Of 7 Out Of 10

Where’s Walt?

Walt Simonson is to draw a fill-in issue of CrossGen’s The Path, namely #5, written by Harvey nominee Ron Marz.

This Has A Rumour Value Of 9 Out Of 10

Warren Ellis To Write Superman?

Warren Ellis? long-promised DC Universe title for editor Joey Cavalieri, who gave Warren work on Doom 2099 and 2099 Unlimited for Marvel way back, may well be a Superman maxi-series ? or so his pitch goes. The book, if approved, will follow the life of Superman, from his birth to his death. After Planetary finishes, this is promised to be Warren Ellis? last work in the superhero genre.

Unless he takes up Authority again, that is.

Ellis wrote a widely circulated column a few years ago entitled ?Why I Will Never Be Allowed To Write Superman? which, reportedly, was well received by DC at the time.

This Has A Rumour Value Of 8 Out Of 10

Glad To Be Green

All The Rage understands that Green Lantern is likely to have a higher gay profile later this year. Already using a recurring gay character, Terry, he?s likely to become much more prominent in the title. It also looks like media and promotion are to be managed by DC this time, in a way the Authority outing was not.

It?s been alleged that much of the animosity at DC towards Authority stems from that media outpouring, front pages on many newspapers and the lack of control that DC had over it? especially the comparisons made between Apollo/Midnighter and Superman/Batman.

Green Lantern writer Judd Winick, who also wrote and drew the gay-friendly Pedro And Me, isn?t stopping there. In his Exiles book for Marvel, another main character has been outed. And it seems that its catching. John Byrne-created Maggie Sawyer has moved back to Gotham in the Batbooks, and her lover is also meant to be moving to town. I hear that X-Force will have an ongoing same-sex relationship (as much as anything is ongoing in X-Force). And then of course there?s the return of Northstar to the X-Men. More to come. Including the last issue of Authority

This Has A Rumour Value Of 8 Out Of 10

Warren On Paul Action

After a discussion about pacing in comics inspired by John Byrne?s recent Slush Factory opinion column, it all kicked off between writers Warren Ellis and Paul Storrie on the WEForum.

Paul wrote ?As for the art vs. science thing, that doesn’t fly. Writing is a craft. If we’re really lucky or inspired or skillful, our craft brings about great art. Striving for art doesn’t excuse ignoring craft. You certain don’t in your work.?

Warren replied ?”Craft” is just the lessons learned by repeated experience of the creation of art. I think I’m starting to understand why you’re so boring, Paul. Onward.?

As handbags were raised across fandom, Storrie retorted, ?Fuck you too, Warren. If I’d realized that you had actually had some kind of personal problem with me, I wouldn’t be stopping by the forum. Thanks for clearing that up.?

Warren concluded with, ?ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

?– ha ha?

This Has A Spat Value Of 3 Out Of 10 On The Waid/Groth Scale

Smack My Pitch Up

I understand that DC, in an attempt to recapture the creative initiative from Marvel, is to revamp their pitch process. Oral pitches are back, in an attempt to speed up and generate new pitches to produce new and innovative comics product.

I hear that already a new Mature Readers super hero book by Garth Ennis and Darick Robinson has been signed off on, and there will be a big planned announcement about it at either the Philadelphia or Chicago convention.

This Has A Rumour Value Of 6 Out Of 10

Is It But A Ruse?

Will Mark Waid decline his Eisner nomination for Best Writer for Ruse? Currently he isn?t telling. Or, at least, he isn’t telling me. The Eisner is, after all, a more prestigious award in most circles than the Harvey, and there?s not even a tenuous connection with his old, hated employees, Fantagraphics.

This Has A Grasping At Straws Value Of 7 Out Of 10

Peter Milligan Is Watching You

In a Mike Allred questionnaire at RetroXPunk, Allred was asked, ?There was a scene in the recent issue, #125, where Spike announces the name change of the team to his mutants, citing the problem of the name’s ownership and having to pay fees to the “old owners”. This bears a striking similarity to the recent rumours revealed by Rich Johnston that Marvel is changing the title’s name because they don’t want to pay fees to Rob Liefield… Did this sequence come as result to this rumour, and can you substantiate it?”

Allred replied, ?I can’t substantiate the rumor, but can say the dialogue reflects what people are talking about. That’s one of Peter’s strengths on this book. He’s a genius at spinning reality into our fictional world.?

Your mission, Peter, if you choose to accept it, is the get the phrase ?Cabbage Monkeys? into the next available X-Force script. This column will self destruct in 15 seconds.

This Has A Countdown Value Of 15? 14? 13? 12?

What?s In A Name

The title of Neil Gaiman?s upcoming Marvel Universe comic is 1602. But what does it mean? I?ve been told it’s a reference to the manuscript “The City Of The Sun” by Italian writer Tommaso Campanella, written in 1602. The story tells of a utopian city built and lived in by seemingly perfect beings. One might presume 1602 will tell a similar tale. But with The Thing, Daredevil and Mr Fantastic…

Read the manuscript in question here.

If true, this will undoubtably give more fodder to some of Gaiman’s critics who often deride him for showing off about what books he’s read, rather than telling a story. But it’s not the only explanation for the title Marvel are dealing with.

Stuart Moore said, ?You may quote me to the effect that there is NO TRUTH to the rumor that the title 1602 refers to the number of microscopic nanobots who, it will supposedly be revealed, actually built the Marvel Universe from raw matter two days before the events of FANTASTIC FOUR #1?. Bill Jemas followed up by saying, ?I will neither confirm nor deny the rumor that 1602 is the number of tiny razor-sharp teeth in Paul Levitz’ mouth.?

Yes. Thank you people. Just what I wanted. For fuck?s sake.

This Has A Rumour Value Of 7 Out Of 10

Carry On Up The Charts

How good is Diamond and DreamWave?s relationship? Pretty damn good according to some rumours going around. Specifically the ones where the Free Comic Book Day issues purchased by retailers didn?t make the count for the Top 100 selling titles so that Transformers would get the top slot and Ultimate Spider-Man, Justice League Adventures, etc, which sold significantly, more albeit at a nominal price, would not. On previous occasions, free books like Unity 0 made that chart.

However, although there is cost to retailers, the comics are free to the public and could be regarded as just promotional items. Some have suggested that the above complaints are merely bluster to attempt to obscure that, for the the second month in a row, Transformers, from an indie company, has outsold all other PAID titles in the Direct Market, including the likes of New X-Men. In the same month that the Spider-Man movie is released. It’s possible that Marvel’s board might not look kindly on these events, especially when they realise Marvel used to own the Transformers licence and were also beaten by Titan Books to the tradepaperbacks of their own old material.

Two spins, different directions.

This Has A Dyson Double Barrel Value Of 8 Out Of 10

Burnt Remains

The monthly spin-off column to All The Rage, namely Burning Down The Curtain, has been dropped by PDF comics magazine Borderline.

This Has A Rumour Value Of 10 Out Of 10

Richard, To Go

I may well be coming to New York this autumn, for a week. Will be looking for publisher tours, bar brawls, semi-decent hotel recommendations or spare beds and at least one drive-by shooting. Offers welcome, at the usual address, twisting@hotmail.com.

This Has A Rumour Value Of 10 Out Of 10


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