A LOT of comic book news is being announced this week, here’s a quick guide:
§ Paul Levitz will be writing not just the Legion in ADVENTURE COMICS, but a whole new Legion of Superheroes title:
Then you got to watch me do a bunch of terrible things to people! We killed characters in that time, we screwed around with their love lives… We had what might have been arguably the first extra-marital affair going on in mainstream superhero comics… All of those things provides you enormous ammunition as a writer. I lead off the new run by destroying the homeworld of one of the characters.
§ Likewise, Gail Simone and Ed Benes are relaunching BIRDS OF PREY:
It’s classic “Birds of Prey” but maybe just a little tougher and a little naughtier. I’ve been given some really surprising approvals and I think long-time readers and newbies will find it quite unlike any other comic on the stands. I’ve always said the secret of the book is that it’s a female buddy cop story, basically, and that is a surprisingly rare thing in all media.
§ Marvel is relaunching its MARVEL ADVENTURES all-ages line…but without that annoying 80′s style swoosh logo. Two titles will be written by Paul Tobin.
Marvel is proud to announce a bold new beginning for the critically acclaimed Marvel Adventures line with SPIDER-MAN #1 and SUPER HEROES #1! Perfect for readers of all ages, these two all-new series are the perfect jumping on point for readers new and old with oversized debut issues, packed with a full length all-new stories and bonus back up stories, just like the comics from when you were a kid! Subsequent issues will be regular sized and priced at $2.99, perfect for everyone’s summer reading!
§ In addition to Marvel’s fronting over unsold Blackest Night tie-ins yesterday, they also announced that they wouldn’t be reprinting Siege #1 — but you COULD reorder a special expanded edition. What the heck, is it 2002 again? Johanna has more.
§ The Human TargetTV show debuts this Sunday, and the star explains that it is a little simpler than the comics:
“To be honest with you, when I was reading the comics, I would get a little bit confused,” he confessed. “It’s a graphic novel and usually it’s pretty explanatory, but I was getting a little confused [about] which one is Chance and which one is the real person.”
“They had to go to great lengths even in the comic book to make this exposition and explain [if] this is the real Chance or not,” he added. “Even going as far as doing that on television — they tried doing that with the Rick Springfield show — and I think it’s something that would be really hard to maintain. It would be hard to show it and hard to explain it.”
Deadline reports that (500) DAYS OF SUMMER director Marc Webb may be at the top of the list for a new Spider-Man director, which sounds promising. Other wish-list names being bandied about included Wes Anderson (FANTASTIC MR. FOX, LIFE AQUATIC), and although we would DEARLY, DEARLY love to see Anderson direct a superhero movie — especially a TEAM movie — we suspect that will not be happening.