The Boy of Steel

There?s a rumor going around that a new Superboy ongoing series is in the works for later this year. Which, given the Lex Luthor/Superman dual parentage issues introduced in Teen Titans, would have a pretty strong hook for the series. However, while following up on this rumor, some reliable sources have said that there aren?t any plans for a Superboy ongoing.

At least, not at this time?

This Has A ?Project Cadmus? Factor of Three Out of Ten

Lost Highway

Viper Comics has just landed The Middleman, a new creator owned series by one of the writers from the television series, Lost. The writer in question is Javier Grillo-Marxuach, who in addition to being a writer/supervising producer on Lost, has also written for Jake 2.0, Boomtown, and The Dead Zone. The artist is Les McClaine, whose previous work includes writing and penciling Highway 13 for SLG.

The Middleman is expected to launch this summer, possibly in time for the San Diego Comic Con.

This Has A ?We’ve Met Before, Haven’t We?? Factor of Seven Out of Ten

Mech Life

Ivan Brandon and Miles Gunter?s NYC Mech will be returning later this year, as Brandon elaborates:

      Basically we’re premiering this year’s

NYC Mech

    series in May.

It’s called NYC Mech: Beta Love, and it’s a romance story in the traditional NYCM style: add guns and a Brooklyn ghetto and the white of winter and you’re on your way.

For those unaware: NYC Mech is a look through different windows in NYC into the homes and lives of the millions of robots who live there.It’s a genre-less moving target through sci-fi, crime, romance and anything else we can strafe on the way, and it deals with the last things you’d expect from a robot. (There are no laserbeams in NYC Mech save the ones that leave Andy MacDonald’s eyes as he draws.) Our robots are more gunmetal than shiny chrome, and they live in a New York City you can see today if you walk down the wrong street.

For this series we’ve got the amazing ERIC CANETE doing art for the covers and the interiors have also been optimized by the ever-evolving Andy MacDonald and our amazing new colorist Nick Filardi. It’s head and shoulders above anything we’ve ever done and it’s a real kick to write.

This Has A ?More Than Meets The Eye? Factor of Eight Out of Ten

Dialing For H.E.R.O.E.S.

Will Pfeifer has a steadily growing fanbase in comics due to his commercially and critically acclaimed runs on titles like Aquaman and H.E.R.O. He also has a slew of new projects lined up for DC in 2005. Earlier this week, ATR Associate, John Voulieris caught up with Pfeifer for a quick Q&A.

John Voulieris: So, how did you break into the comics business?

Will Pfeifer: My first official paid comic book gig was Finals, a four-issue mini-series that Vertigo published in 1999. Jill Thompson was the artist and co-creator of the book, which took a light-hearted, fun-loving look at college at the turn of the century. Actually, it took a darkly humored, violent look, and almost every single character was dead by the last page, but it was fun while it lasted and I still look back on it fondly.

Didn’t sell that well, but people seem to remember it. So check those quarter boxes for back issues, or try and locate the Spanish trade paperback collection, which I hear exists somewhere over in Europe, though I’ve never actually seen a copy. So heck, if you find one, send one my way. I’ll pay you back. I’m good for it – I promise.

The series came about when Jill and I pitched it, way back in early 1998. It took a long time for anyone to check out the proposal, even though Jill by then had Wonder Woman and Sandman under her belt. Finally, Joan Hilty took a look, liked it, and after some refinements, it hit the stands just before the turn of the millennium. The lesson to all the aspiring comic book creators out there is this: be really, really patient.

My first DCU work was actually a text piece in a JSA Secret Files. Editor Ivan Cohen wanted something that sounded like it was written by a real journalist, and since I spend my days working at the Rockford Register Star here in Illinois, I got the gig. After that came a Secret Files story, where I had to sum up that whole “Worlds at War” maxi-series, (plus a lot of other stuff), in a mere 22 pages. Then came Hero, Aquaman, Swamp Thing, and my current gigs, Catwoman and Blood of the Demon.

JV: News that you are the new Catwoman writer has readers buzzing ? what are your plans for the feline fatale? Will you be keeping the existing cast of friends and villains or bringing in new faces?

WP: One thing we’re not doing for a while is moving Catwoman out of the East End. To me, it’s her Gotham, her Metropolis, her Opal. She sees herself as its protector, especially after the events of War Games, and will fight tooth and nail to keep its streets (relatively) safe.

Trouble is, after War Games, everyone knows that she’s the only protector it has – Batman has his own troubles in Gotham, the cops are mostly corrupt and no one else is capable. That means in our first story, every super villain with dreams of striking it rich descends on the East End, and Catwoman has to come to a big decision: Should she fight them, or should she revert to her criminal roots and join in. The answer might not be what you think.

JV: You?re also working “Marvel style” with John Byrne on Blood of the Demon – how is that different from writing full script yourself? Do you have any input on storylines?

WP: For the time being, this is John’s book, and I’m just along for the (wild) ride. As someone who grew up reading John’s X-Men and Fantastic Four, it’s quite a kick to get that package of photocopies of the pencils and the plot, then know I’m the guy who gets to figure out what everyone is saying.

The trick, of course, is to not overload the dialogue – to not get bogged down showing off my prose abilities and make sure whatever I write serves the story. Believe me, this is a fast-paced, slam-bang, action-packed book, and I think people are going to have a lot of fun with it. I’ve been reading the old issues of Kirby’s Demon to get in the mindset for Blood of the Demon, and there’s the same off-the-wall, anything-can-happen energy here.

JV: You’ve been giving readers some great takes on DCU titles – any Marvel characters you’d like to tackle? Any artists you’d like to work with in the future?

WP: Marvel has some great characters, but since I’ve got that DC exclusive, I won’t be the guy writing them. Truth to tell, there are so many fascinating characters in the DCU – both the big names and the forgotten villains lurking in musty, yellowed coverless comics buried in the back of a quarter box – that I could easily and happily spend the rest of my life telling stories about them.

As for artists, well, there are always plenty I’d put on a wish list – Frank Quitely at the top, probably, plus Doug Mahnke, Chris Sprouse, Duncan Fegredo, Kevin Nowlan, and tons of others I can’t think of at the moment. I’ve already been lucky enough to work with people like Jill, my old pal Craig Russell (on a Hellboy: Weird Tales) story, Patrick Gleason on Aquaman, Kano, Dale Eaglesham and Leonard Kirk on Hero and I’ve got Pete Woods on Catwoman, Richard Corben (!) on Swamp Thing, plus a crafty newcomer named Byrne on Blood of the Demon, so I feel pretty lucky so far. And Chris Weston is doing some amazing stuff on a Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight three-parter. Wait til you kids see it.

JV: Any other upcoming work you’d like to plug?

WP: Well, we’ve covered Catwoman, Blood of The Demon, and Legends of the Dark Knight, so I guess that covers my current projects. If you have more free time than you know what to do with, you can always check out my blog, X-Ray Spex, at It’s full of pop culture blather, movie reviews and snippets of the embarrassing comics I made when I was a kid.

This Has A ?Star On The Rise? Factor of Ten Out of Ten

Living in Twilight

Here?s a quick preview of Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti?s Twilight Experiment, a six issue miniseries coming out from Wildstorm. The series follows the son of the world?s greatest hero, who has been locked away from the rest of humanity? until now.

The art is by Juan Santacruz and the first issue hits this Wednesday.

This Has A ?Serenity?s Light? Factor of Eight Out of Ten

Gotta Catch ?Em All

According to a recently issued press release, scientists have identified a new gene that facilitates the growth of cancer cells: the POK Erythroid Myeloid Ontogenic factor, which the scientists have named ?POKEMON.?

So? Pokemon causes cancer.

I suspected as much.

This Has A ?Kill Pikatu Before Pikatu Kills You!? Factor of Six Out of Ten

O? Heartless Spider

CapvsBats sent us a new parody this week: ?The Secret Origin of Ara?a?

This Has An ?Ara?a! That?s Pronounced Ah-rahn-ya, For All You Gringos!? Factor of Seven Out of Ten

Bendin? Again

Over at Jinxworld, Brian Bendis has posted the cover to New Avengers #7 by David Finch, two of Michael Lark?s pages from The Pulse #8 and Mike Mayhew?s uncolored cover for The Pulse #9.


Time for the week?s acknowledgements: John sends his thanks out to Linda at, Cap respectfully dedicates his Ara?a parody to Tom DeFalco ?for all the years of great stories!? and I?d like to thank John and Cap for contributing.

Until next time? stay cool.


PS If anyone has any rumors, stories or news to share, please email me at Thanks to everyone who has been sending stuff in. It?s greatly appreciated.

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