Welcome back to another edition of ATR.

For those of you who may have missed last Monday?s update, here?s the link to my feature length interview with Neil Gaiman, regarding The Eternals and his future Sandman plans.

Now, let?s get on with the show?

Byrne Baby, Byrne

It doesn?t appear to have been a good week for John Byrne. There are rumors that Grant Morrison is trying to get a new Doom Patrol project off the ground that would completely ignore Byrne?s reboot, which itself ignored previous Doom Patrol incarnations. So there is a certain symmetry to it, if it goes through.

But that?s not all. Over the weekend, word broke that Byrne and Gail Simone will be leaving Action Comics with issue 835. When Byrne was asked why their run was so short, he replied ?Apparently Gail and I were just ?filler?.? Later on in the thread, he elaborated:

    The reason is no secret. Apparently it is now “policy” to rotate the creative teams (including the editor) on Superman titles. Gail and I were hired (tho I was not told this when I agreed to do the book, or I would have declined) to “fill the gap” between one team and the next.

However, before that, he offered up this assessment:

      The next team — and I have no idea who they are — could be folks you all want to see, or, at least, more people want to see than wanted to see Gail and me. Or they could be the worst team ever put on any title, but


    will declare them “HOT!” and the knuckle-draggers will lumber into their LCSs and buy multiples of multiples.

So many variants! O, for the days when 1 sale =’ed 1 warm body!

Byrne and Simone?s final issue will feature Livewire, a villain from the Paul Dini/Bruce Timm Superman The Animated Series, in what will probably be her first appearance in the DCU.

This Has A ?Power of Negativity? Factor of Six Out of Ten

On A Lark

And now, we?ve got an early look at Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark?s first issue of Daredevil. As you may recall, when Brian Bendis and Alex Maleev announced that they were leaving DD, there was an immediate push for this creative team to succeed them. Here?s why.

This Has A ?Guardian Devil? Factor of Ten Out of Ten

Something Rotten This Way Comes

Warren Ellis has posted a teaser for Blackgas, a three issue miniseries coming out from Avatar next year. It appears to be Ellis? stab at a zombie book?

This Has A ?Smog of The Dead? Factor of Seven Out of Ten

Drop Dead, Rimmer!

Across the Pond Studios has picked up the comic rights for Rob Grant and Doug Naylor?s BBC sci-fi comedy, Red Dwarf. The print version should hit some time next year, but a web comic will be launched on October 28th at the official Red Dwarf website – http://www.reddwarf.co.uk, with daily updates until the DVD release of Red Dwarf Season VIII. The way I hear it, the story is supposed to take place in continuity and help pave the way for the Red Dwarf movie (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0276447/). However, there?s no word on whether the comic will address the infamous season eight cliffhanger?

This Has An ?Only The Good Die Young? Factor of Eight Out of Ten

An Arrow?s Path

Word out of this weekend?s Motor City Comic Con is that Ron Garney may be the next Marvel Exclusive, following his guest stint on Green Arrow?

This Has A ?Throwing His Mighty Shield? Factor of Nine Out of Ten

Bart 2 Bart

If true, the following item may contain Infinite Crisis spoilers. Don?t say I didn?t warn you. Highlight the text below with your cursor if you don?t mind spoilers.

As long time ATR readers should recall, we?ve been trying to determine the identity of the next Flash writer for a few months now. Back in June, the most prevalent rumor had Mark Waid making his return to the title following Geoff Johns. However, in the interim, that rumor has seemed less likely. From what I?ve heard, Waid was offered the book, but turned it down.

However the Waid rumor resurfaced last Monday in LITG, with a new angle attached. This time the Flash in question would be Bart Allen, not Wally West. Though this isn?t the first time DC has made that substitution and may be an example of their long term plans for the character. Case in point, last year I interviewed Alfred Gough about the fourth season of Smallville. When I asked him why they were bringing in The Flash and calling him Bart Allen, Gough replied:

    When we had this discussion with DC comics, they told us that was the version we could use? That is something that was mandated by DC Comics.


This Has A ?Speedfreak? Factor of Seven Out of Ten


Ah yes? More Infinite Crisis fun? This one isn?t a huge spoiler if you?ve read the first issue of IC, but the quote at the end may be? So, spoiler text on.

It?s been rumored for a while that Michael Moorcock had written a ?multiverse bible? for DC, and this week he confirmed it on his website. However, he also had an interesting comment as to the actual nature of the ?bible.?

    It’s not so much a multiverse scenario as a Cosmic Balance scenario. A logic system, if you like, which allows, say, Superman and Captain Marvel to understand where the other’s coming from…

Does anyone else think that sounds like they?re splitting up some of the characters back to their own separate parallel Earths?

This Has A ?Tilting Worlds? Factor of Six Out of Ten

Avert Thine Eyes

Now for the most disturbing thing glimpsed on a comic board this week. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Spawn? with breasts. Courtesy of Mario Gully.

I know? I know?

The only thing more unsettling would be if Spawn was fondling himself. Oh wait? we have that one too?

This Has A ?Just Thank God It?s Not The Clown? Factor of Three Out of Ten

That?s Smurfed Up

And finally, as you may have heard, UNICF has bombed the Smurfs. More specifically, they were carpet bombed by war planes. Papa Smurf and Smurfette were among the casualties. The animated short was done for Belgian TV and intended as ?the centerpiece of a new fundraising initiative to shock viewers into donating money to help children in war-torn regions.?

You can see it for yourself here.

Next up, UNICF will use the Snorks to illustrate the environmental hazards of war.

Nah, I?m kidding.


This Has A ?Blame Gargamel? Factor of One Out of Ten

And that?s all folks. See you in seven.


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

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