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I read in Comic Shop News that Sean McKeever has signed an exclusive deal with DC. The rumour is that his first work with DC will be some sort of series starring Death (so it'll be a Vertigo title).

I know there are some fans of Sean McKeever's work at Marvel here.

The only work by Sean McKeever I've read is The Waiting Place series he was writing for Slave Labour. Very well written teens growing up in a small town angst.

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There's a really, really rumour circulating the internet regarding the future of Vertigo, or at least the the DC characters that went on to become Vertigo-its - Constantine, Swamp Thing et all.

 

Anyway, this ludicrous rumour suggests that DC are planning a DCU/Vertigo crossover that'd return Swampy and company to that particular line of comics.

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That'd certainly conform to DC's long-standing policy of making changes, then reverting to the status quo and calling the rollback a major event. (See Hal Jordan, 70s Batman, Superman's haircut, Robin's underpants, etc.)

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I was just thinking last night how much Hellblazer doesn't seem to belong at Vertigo anymore. The company is quickly moving away from what they were in the past and attempting to reinvent themselves as "the HBO of comic books". All the titles left at Vertigo (other than Deadman, which frankly I'm not sure how it got published in the first place) are creator-owned books.

Although, there was that rumour that more Sandman-spin-off books were in the planning at Vertigo....

I would rather see Hellblazer end and John Constantine go into limbo rather than shove him into the DCU proper, full-time.

With Swamp Thing? Eh, it doesn't matter anymore. The character died years ago (metaphorically speaking), so it can't hurt to try to relaunch the character anew.

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That'd certainly conform to DC's long-standing policy of making changes, then reverting to the status quo and calling the rollback a major event. (See Hal Jordan, 70s Batman, Superman's haircut, Robin's underpants, etc.)

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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Volume III): Century

by Alan Moore & Kevin O'Neill

 

Co-Published By Top Shelf Productions & Knockabout

 

Beginning In 2008…

 

The third volume detailing the exploits of Miss Wilhelmina Murray and her extraordinary colleagues is a 216-page epic spanning almost a hundred years and entitled Century. Divided into three 72-page chapters, each a self-contained narrative to avoid frustrating cliff-hanger delays between episodes, this monumental tale takes place in three distinct eras, building to an apocalyptic conclusion occurring in our own current twenty-first century.

 

Chapter one is set against a backdrop of London, 1910, twelve years after the failed Martian invasion and nine years since England put a man upon the moon. With Halley's Comet passing overhead, the nation prepares for the coronation of King George V, and far away on his South Atlantic Island, the science-pirate Captain Nemo is dying. In the bowels of the British Museum, Carnacki the ghost-finder is plagued by visions of a shadowy occult order who are attempting to create something called a Moonchild, while on London's dockside the most notorious serial murderer of the previous century has returned to carry on his grisly trade. Working for Mycroft Holmes' British Intelligence alongside a rejuvenated Allan Quartermain, the reformed thief Anthony Raffles and the eternal warrior Orlando, Miss Murray is drawn into a brutal opera acted out upon the waterfront by players that include the furiously angry Pirate Jenny and the charismatic butcher known as Mac the Knife.

 

Chapter two takes place almost sixty years later in the psychedelic daze of Swinging London during 1968, a place where Tadukic Acid Diethylamide 26 is the drug of choice, and where different underworlds are starting to overlap dangerously to an accompaniment of sit-ins and sitars. The vicious gangster bosses of London's East End find themselves brought into contact with a counter-culture underground of mystical and medicated flower-children, or amoral pop-stars on the edge of psychological disintegration and developing a taste for Satanism. Alerted to a threat concerning the same magic order that she and her colleagues were investigating during 1910, a thoroughly modern Mina Murray and her dwindling league of comrades attempt to navigate the perilous rapids of London's hippy and criminal subculture, as well as the twilight world of its occultists. Starting to buckle from the pressures of the twentieth century and the weight of their own endless lives, Mina and her companions must nevertheless prevent the making of a Moonchild that might well turn out to be the antichrist.

 

In chapter three, the narrative draws to its cataclysmic close in London 2008. The magical child whose ominous coming has been foretold for the past hundred years has now been born and has grown up to claim his dreadful heritage. His promised aeon of unending terror can commence, the world can now be ended starting with North London, and there is no League, extraordinary or otherwise, that now stands in his way. The bitter, intractable war of attrition in Q'umar crawls bloodily to its fifth year, away in Kashmir a Sikh terrorist with a now-nuclear-armed submarine wages a holy war against Islam that might push the whole world into atomic holocaust, and in a London mental institution there's a patient who insists that she has all the answers.

 

Drawing from the fiction, theatre, film and television culture of the twentieth century as artfully as the preceding volumes drew upon the literature of the nineteenth, this first installment of the League's adventures to be co-published by Top Shelf Productions and Knockabout takes our familiar cast of characters … plus several previously unfamiliar … and propels them into a new age, a new world every bit as strange and savage as the colourful Victorian era they were born to. More than this, with its third volume the League's exploits move into a different realm of format, artistry and story-telling as this remarkable series sets out to explore the full limits of the vast fictional cosmos that it has marked as its territory. A unified field theory of fiction as much as a comic-book story, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Volume III): Century is sure to be like nothing you have ever read, and will be co-published in three lavish, full-color individual volumes by Top Shelf Productions and Knockabout, commencing in 2008.

 

Published as three deluxe, 72-page, full-color, perfect-bound graphic novellas, written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Kevin O'Neill.

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Due October 2007, last I heard.

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That's odd, awesome but odd. I'm especially interested in how and if Moore plans on icorporating 1984.

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The Black Dossier features a different league, hence Century representing the third volume to focus on Murray and what's left of her crew.

 

Here's a link to an Alan Moore interview featuring the full skinny on the Dossier.

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Over at dccomics.com there is a slide show featuring a bunch of the folks who work out of the vertigo offices and there is a young lady with a tattoo on her arm,can anyone tell me who this person is?

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Blackmanxxx ?

 

?

 

 

Apologies McMahon,I am computer illiterate and have no clue how to do that,just go to dccomics.com and click on the box that says NY comic con.She is seated near Brian K Vaughn and Will Dennis.

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Ah, that's Becky Cloonan, artist on American Virgin.

 

She's doing alternate covers for the most fatabulous Pirates Of Coney Island, the artist for which has obviously been inspired by her style.

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Ah, that's Becky Cloonan, artist on American Virgin.

 

She's doing alternate covers for the most fatabulous Pirates Of Coney Island, the artist for which has obviously been inspired by her style.

 

Becky Cloonan you say?Thanks,damn,foxy as hell,wears cool glasses and she can draw?swoon.She has now overtaken Zadie Smith as the arty chick I'm gonna pretend to be into just for there work.

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Right josh,I just wasn't sure if McMahon was asking if I in fact was Blackmanxxx.I thought he was implying I pulled a Trace and changed my name,we're both from the Boston area but only one of us is a black,bisexual college student,and I doubt it's me.

 

By the way whoever is drawing Pirates of Coney Island(thanks for the link to the first issue mr. M) is really quite good.Of course he or she is no Becky Cloonan(see how I slid that in)but I thought it had a bit of Jamie Hewlett sprinkled about.

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Issue 21,the latest issue of Back Issue magazine,out yesterday,has a cover(by Mike Zeck)story concerning all things Daredevil.There are interviews and features on David Mazzucchelli,Ann Nocenti and John Romita Jr,as well as a really in depth feature about how Frank Miller and Klaus Jansen first started working together in a more traditional way and evolved into something much more......more.I think the later results speak for themselves as an obvious improvement over the(already very good)earlier issues.

 

You can read a bit of that last part over at newsarama.com and I for one have a whole new level of appreciation for what Janson did during his tenure on the book,I had no idea the art on the book turned into such a collaborative effort from the two of them.It's now only a matter of time before I splurge on one of those big hardcovers from there run on DD.

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Heh. Heh heh heh heh heh. Heh heh.

 

 

Despite the fact that he'll never admit it, Millar's going to lose this one, 'cos for all the piss-taking and occasional humorous exaggeration he indulges in, Graeme McMillan's a thoroughly-reasonable, level-headed fella (based on his online persona, anyway). The fact that a google search reveals that he's said a lot of things about Millar over the past few years says more about the fact that he posts near-daily about the contemporary comics scene, and given his profile, the subject of Millar's work is bound to come up pretty frequently. He's said a lot of things about Warren Ellis, John Byrne, Brian Bendis, et al too, and he's not cyber-stalking them, either.

 

So, Mark Millar in "takes stuff out of context, comes across as a bit of a self-absorbed tit" shock. Again.

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John Fellows posts near the end of the third page and basically echoes your own thoughts - Graeme writes about dumb things said by comic's people online and Mark just happens to say more than most (well, after Byrne, anyway).

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