Rich Johnston wrote:In yesterday’s webchat (referred to earlier), Alan Moore revealed that the next League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen project to follow the conclusion of Century this summer, is to be called Nemo: Heart Of Ice, and that forty of the forty-eight pages involved have been written so far… and that we’ll see it before the end of the year…
Nemo appears to be on his deathbed in LOEG: Century 1910, and this adventure is set in he twenties, so something is up. More told the throng that “It takes place in Antarctica and [the work of H.P. Lovecraft] is a major component. You figure it out.” We are sadly denied a reference to King Kong though…
TheButcher wrote:Jim Lee's "Before Watchmen: Nite Owl" Cover
TheButcher wrote:From Newsarama:
NYCC 2011: Creator-Owned With ROBERT KIRKMAN LIVE!"One night, Erik Larsen was out with us and he said "this is what I'd do with Supreme"
So... Erik Larsen is illustrating the last issues of Alan Moore's Supreme, and then is going to jump on and continue the story.
The legendary Supreme returns! ALAN MOORE's final SUPREME tale is the ultimate jumping on point for new readers! The triumphant return of Image Comics' most powerful hero! As Supreme romances Diana Dane he takes her on a tour of the Citadel Supreme and tells all of his innermost secrets just as Supreme's most hated nemesis, Darius Dax, makes a most unfortunate discovery: the key to defeat his abhorred adversary! It's most mind-blowing cliffhanger in the history of comics! Featuring a story by award winning author ALAN MOORE (WATCHMEN) and art by fan favorites ERIK LARSEN (SPIDER-MAN, SAVAGE DRAGON) & CORY HAMSCHER (X-MEN). You wish all comics were this good!
Rich Johnston wrote:I’ve run this theory before. But the evidence keeps mounting up.
That, step by step, DC Comics is laying the groundwork to run Twilight Of The Superheroes, the Alan Moore pitch that they bought, lock, stock and two smoking Benson And Hedges, before Moore fell out with the company and withdrew his labour.
But DC Comics owns the pitch, fair and square.The plot of the framing device is as follows: the story starts at its ending in a one-page prologue that takes place at the end of 1987 in a bar someplace in New York. John Constantine sits drinking alone, looking very bitter and pissed off at somebody or other. A striking and personable blonde enters the bar and, noticing Constantine, leans over and asks him for a light. Constantine, sitting there with a crumpled letter in one
bunched fist and a glass in the other, glances up at her and then stares at her as if transfixed. We close up on his face and then move into flashback. Basically, the whole series is what passes through Constantine’s mind in the two seconds it takes him to respond to the girl asking him for a light
You can read the whole pitch here.
We’ve seen the uses of the Houses of Secrets and Mysteries, we’ve seen Superman and Wonder Woman getting it together, w’ve seen a man from the future changing his own past (Booster Gold in the Dan DiDio/Geoff Johns Justice League International Annual), we’ve even seen one destroyed future in Swamp Thing/Animal Man’s Rotworld.
But John Constantine, at the centre of the Twilight Of The Superheroes story, is getting his own comic in the New 52. Originally, Twilight Of The Superheroes was intended to spin Constantine off into his own book.
Joining the dots by dots by dots by dots…
Rich Johnston wrote:It was to have been Alan Moore‘s great DC Comics Event, that would crossover with all manner of DC’s books. The Twilight Of The Superheroes. A story about the end times of the DCU, a dark and apocalyptic future for the DC Earth, the superheroes and villains split into different Houses, with John Constantine given the power to change it all with a word…
And DC bought it.
However, between buying the pitch and Moore actually working on the comic, he fell out with the publisher and went on strike.
Fifteen years ago, Moore gave me permission to reprint the proposal, which I was planning to do in a way designed not to infringe DC trademark or copyright. At which point, DC Comics sent their very first Cease & Desist order by e-mail, to me. On the very reasonable basis that they’d actually bought the proposal, and had paid Alan Moore in full. Something Moore then agreed that, yes, that had probably happened. So that was that.
The proposal is often hosted by one site or another, until DC Comics tells them not. Right now it can be read here.
There are a few, fair use extracts that may be worth mentioning.House of Justice
The House of Justice, built around the remains of the JLA’s old cavern headquarters, is the residence of the remains of the Justice League. These are the most important of the lesser House, along with the Titans. The lineup of the Justice League at the time of our story includes Captain Atom and the Blue Beetle, an Aqualad that has grown up to be the new Aquaman and a Wonder Girl who has taken on the mantle of Wonder Woman after Wonder Woman herself opted to become Superwoman upon marrying Superman.
Yup. Superman and Wonder Woman hooking up.John Constantine
Constantine is about twenty years older, but obviously hasn’t changed a bit, except for the fact that he’s living with a woman and has been for the past fifteen years. This woman might even turn out to be the Fever character that I introduced in my two part Vigilante story a while back. Anyway, her and Constantine are to all intents and purposes married, and are obviously loving it. Constantine is still into the same sort of scams and wheeler-dealing, and in the whole story of Twilight he seems to be the only character who has his finger upon all the pulses and knows exactly what’s going on in this maze of plot and counterplot between the various factions involved.
A John Constantine up and about and active in the DCU… and married…
And then there’s that bit in Justice League International where the hooking up of Superman and Wonder Woman seems like the thing a certain Booster Gold was here to prevent happening. But now he’s too late.
Wth DC Comics looking to their assets and seeing what can be exploited, and Geoff Johns with a history of talking minor plot points by Alan Moore and turning them into massive crossovers, could Twilight Of The Superheroes be rewritten, reinterpreted, but brought into service for today?
Or possibly tomorrow?
Bloo wrote:this came across my Tumblr feed today and I died laughing
The Stuff that makes Watchmen radical is not really the stuff that's in the plot. It's not dark treatments of super-heroes--I mean, that had been done before. i mean you could even say that Stan Lee and Jack Kirby were going for a gritty, darker treatment of the super-heroes back in 1961 with the Fantastic Four. More shadows in the artwork, kind of depressed slum dwellings in the backgrounds, more realistic dialogue and character interaction.
Graeme McMillan wrote:Alas, the Marvelman we never saw, courtesy of Padraig O Mealoid:Briefly, what the [Dave] Elliott group intended to do was to licence Marvelman from Emotiv – rather than buy the character from them outright – and with the consent of all the other copyright holders – Moore, Leach, and so on – to produce three films based on the three books of Moore’s run on the character; to publish the three volumes of Moore’s run with new artwork, all done by a single artistic team, possibly with Garry Leach involved; to also republish the books in Moore’s run as they had originally appeared, with the original artwork; and to then go ahead and produce two new mini-series, both set in the time before Moore’s story started.
I love the Moore Marvel/Miracleman series a lot, but the idea of seeing the three volume run re-illustrated by Garry Leach is something that I really, really wish had happened. Marvel, consider this the baseline for your eventual Marvelman plans…
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