This September, "X-Factor" is finished. During C2E2 over the weekend, Marvel announced that issue #262 under writer Peter David would be the last of the long-running title. Of all of the publisher's mutant books in the wake of M-Day (has it been that long?) David's "X-Factor" has survived and thrived under the weight of major events, a rotating stable of artists, and more importantly, the fickleness of a comic market that not be keen to support a series that was essentially an evolving, long-form mystery.
The road to the end begins this summer, and while Mr. David didn't promise that all secrets would be revealed or anything as grand as all that, he does hint that there will be some finality to his run--and as a reader, I can only hope that mutant sometimes detective Jamie Madrox and mystery girl Lyla Miller will arrive at the end of all of their enigmas.
After the jump, Mr. David offered us a few words on his time with the book, and bringing it to this seemingly sudden finale.
"If you build a product that is exciting and bulletproof," "Wild Blue Yonder" co-creator Zach Howard explains to me during a recent call, "fans will fall in love with it and it’ll be around for, hopefully, a generation or two."
Illustrator Howard and co-creator Austin Harrison hope their high-flying, post-apocalyptic adventure miniseries, which launches in June, resonates with fans across multiple media, beyond the launch of the IDW comic penned by fellow co-creator and writer Mike Raicht. Harrison and Howard have a completed screenplay ready for "Wild Blue Yonder" in the hopes of reaching more than just comics audiences (and you get the impression speaking to them that they'd like to conquer your eyeballs in more than just those ways). They want their tale of sky pirates and adventurers to a new "Indiana Jones," a place where they can hang generation and genre-defining stories.
I kind of liked Damian Wayne. The fact his character lay in the wastelands of continuity for so many years always mystified me. "Son of the Demon" was a great graphic novel (legitimate graphic novel, none of this serialized nonsense use the term for – it’s a comic people, get over yourselves), and "Bride of the Demon" was okay but though paths were laid in the story, they were seldom trodden. Read More...
A decade ago, before he wrote a single word for either "Wolverine" or "Deadpool," Daniel Way created the ultra-detached hitman Harvey. And before he would ever draw Batman professionally or get his own time with Wolverine, artist Jon Proctor brought Harvey to life in the pages of "Gun Theory," the prematurely canceled miniseries from Marvel's Epic imprint. Talking to the duo now, it's clear that never getting to finish the story of a hitman who discovers he has a soul (and more precariously, a reason to live), has stuck with them.
That's why last week Way and Proctor resurrected Harvey and "Gun Theory" through a Kickstarter campaign running through May in order to release the story in its complete, uncensored form with an updated script and art.
I spoke with Way and Proctor about the winding road to getting "Gun Theory" made (again), killers with hearts, and the hardcore version of "Gun Theory" Marvel didn't want you to see.
"World War Z" isn't the only major project coming from writer Max Brooks this summer. The man responsible for "The Zombie Survival Guide" has a sprawling, 250-page epic "Extinction Parade" coming from Avatar Press on June 19. Featuring an apocalypse where the zombies have not only taken over but cut into the food source of our vampire overlords, Brooks imagines humanity trapped between a hungry rock and an also hungry hard place.
With the June release of the first issue of "Extinction Parade" just around the corner, we got to ask Brooks five questions--about the eternal struggle between the living and undead, his thoughts on the zombie movie glut, and who would win in a cage match between the Loch Ness Monster and a mummy.
It's the smallest DC heroes can get without using the Atom's shrinking belt! ...nerdiest reference on this site ever?
This September, fans can literally fill their pockets with DC Comics' most popular characters with a new line of 2-inch Mez-Itz from Mezco Toyz. Right now, retailers/really, really, really dedicated fans and collectors can order a full case of 72 blind-boxed figures -- you won't know what you get until you open the box.