Warren Ellis will be doing his first work for Dynamite Entertainment by the end of 2014, just in time for the publisher's 10th anniversary. The gig? Ellis will be taking over Dynamite's entire Project Superpowers universe, which includes The American Spirit, The Black Terror, Daredevil (the Golden Age non-Marvel guy with the spikes on his belt), Green Lama and many other Fox Comics/Crestwood Publications/Nedor Comics and other public domain heroes and villains with origins in the 1930s and '40s.
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Moon Knight is an oddball in a comics universe peppered with oddballs. A former mercenary brought back from the dead by an Egyptian god to serve as his "fist" of retribution, MK's origin offers a peculiar mix of brutality, insanity, and fantasy.
Those elements have been fundamental to Moon Knight since he first appeared in Werewolf by Night in 1975, created by Doug Moench and Don Perlin. Yet in the hands of successive creative teams these elements have come together in ways that muddy the character, leaving both him and the readers confused about who he is. Now it falls to the new creative team of Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey to make it all make sense in Moon Knight #1, on sale this week from Marvel.
Created by Doug Moench and Don Perlin, Moon Knight is essentially Marvel's answer to the question "What if Batman were somehow even more psychologically damaged?" That's not a bad premise, frankly, and the character has had some highly regarded writers and artists telling his stories over the years: Moench, Perlin, Bill Sienkiewicz, Chuck Dixon, J.M. DeMatteis, Kevin Nowlan, Brian Michael Bendis, and Mark Farmer, just to name a few.
Yet despite a history of talented creators, Moon Knight has never quite stuck; of the five attempts at a Moon Knight solo series, none have surpassed 60 issues, and the two most recent, launched in 2006 and 2011, only reached 30 and 12 issues, respectively.
But Marvel believes in the character. As such, this morning the publisher announced Moon Knight #1, from acclaimed writer Warren Ellis and artists Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire, to launch next year.
So this is cool. Bestselling Gun Machine novelist and acclaimed comic book writer Warren Ellis is making a return to monthly cape comics for the first time since he concluded his Secret Avengers run last year, and it's as Kelly Sue DeConnick's co-writer for a special Avengers Assemble arc tying in to Marvel's next crossover event, Inhuamnity.
In a somewhat surprising but certainly welcome move from the once resolutely periodical-based Marvel Comics, the House of Ideas has announced plans for a new line of original graphic novels presented in an oversized format with what the publisher describes as "sophisticated packaging and design." Labeled "Marvel OGN," the line'
With the 300th and final issue of Vertigo's Hellblazer, out this week, several tumblers shift and lock into place. John Constantine moves to the New 52 on a full-time basis, with a new title beginning in March; the reset button is pushed on his continuity, and the most writer-driven character of the last thirty years is yanked from the comfort and promise of a Mature Readers label and forced to grow up again in a PG-13 world; and the longest-running title in the Vertigo line concludes a twenty year run, as the imprint focuses exclusively on creator-owned comics. It's a sad time for misfits everywhere, as Hellblazer is o
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The more cynical amongst you may have thought, now that Warren Ellis is a New York Times best-selling novelist with the release of his second novel Gun Machine, that he would abandon comics like a used-up kleenex and move onto more lucrative, highbrow creative outlets. The more cynical amongst you would be wrong, in that case, with the writer teasing a new project on his website this weekend.
The tease is just th