Terry Moore talks SPIDER-MAN LOVES MARY JANE

June 18, 2007

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Marvel’s got a great interview with the gifted TERRY MOORE, the guy set to take over the writing chores on one of my favorite comics, SPIDER-MAN LOVES MARY JANE. Take a look.

Some of you might be sick of hearing me say it by now, but seriously: BUY THIS BOOK. It’s quite possibly my favorite interpretation of Spider-Man… maybe ever! Just a wonderful book that I think almost anyone would like. Sean McKeever did an amazing job on it, now I’m excited to see what Terry brings to the table.


All the news from Wizard Philly!!!

June 16, 2007

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I’m not covering Wizard Philly live. This makes me sad. But luckily for us, Newsarama and CBR are doing the usual bang-up job covering the event, and I still have opinions.

So here’s some round the clock punditry to match those great panel discussion summaries:

Mark Waid returns to Flash: Sad as I am to see Marc Guggenheim go, this is probably the right call. The reality is the Flash reboot with Bart Allen in the suit just didn’t take with most fans. The reasons are myriad: DC didn’t have the guts or sense to kill Wally West, so there was never a clean changevoer. The first arc of the new series was botched horribly. Aging Bart was a strange creative choice. I could go on, but why?

The bottom line is the guy who most people feel is THE defining writer of this book is coming back to it. Like most fans, I’m pretty pleased with this news. But I think it only increases the chances that we’ll see Barry Allen, NOT Wally West, back in the suit. Its hard to imagine that Waid has any more stories about Wally to tell; the only way he’d likely come back is to take on a NEW challenge.

One thing I’ve found strange is the lack of a fandom drive to bring Wally back. Most talk about Barry, even though really, Wally became a much more interesting character. Any writer that takes on Barry (who could be a bit boring at times) has a lot of work to do, but the fans will be pulling for them. I think this may be a sort of Hal Jordan side effect. For a while there, DC was dedicated to making a generational shift in their titles: Wally West as Flash, Kyle Rayner as Green Lantern, Conner Hawke as Green Arrow… I was a big fan of this direction for DC (the best use of it being Morrison’s JLA), and I’m sad to see it fall by the wayside.

Amazing Spider-Man goes almost-monthly: I liked this news. Instead of 3 Spidey titles, we just get AMAZING 3 times a month. This wil no doubt be a big sales boost to Marvel, too– plenty of fans only bought Amazing (well, or FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD for the anti-Stracynski set) and skipped the other two. That’s no longer an option, which means these folks effectively just added two titles to their weekly pull lists (or I suppose they could just drop Spidey all-together or go with ULTIMATE instead).

To my ears, though, this would’ve been a much bigger and more exciting move if they’d decided to just go weekly, maybe with some scheduled off-weeks to ease the burden. As ballsy as 52 was, it would be even bigger to see a company make one of their existing top titles weekly. If this Spidey move works, look for this to happen on other books, somewhere. Top candidate: X-Men, which has 3 titles now (Uncanny, Astonishing, and Adjectiveless) which see uneven sales currently.

Terry Moore takes over Spider-Man loves Mary Jane: This one warmed my cold heart up. Mary Jane has been one of my favorite books for a long time now, and I was very worried about writer Sean McKeever’s exit. But Terry Moore, of STRANGERS IN PARADISE fame, is far and away the best possible replacement. No word on an artist yet, but I’m hopeful they’ll stick to the manga style, its a huge part of the book’s appeal.

I’d like to take moment to interrupt this self-important pundritry and urge all of you to go out and pick up the digest versions of this book. With all due respect to ULTIMATE, or FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD, this is the BEST Spidey book you can find, and one of the best ever. I pitch it to folks as the SMALLVILLE/BUFFY version of Spider-Man, and people seem to dig that description. Really, just a wonderful book, and the art is gorgeous.

Now, onto some amazing artwork after the break…

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Spider-Man 4 Update

May 31, 2007

Hmmm… this PIRATES article from iF has a quote from Amy Pascal, head of Sony Studios, that we haven’t seen before:

A fourth installment of SPIDER-MAN has been in the works for more than a month, with the studio circling screenwriters it may tap.

“If you want the kind of longevity we’re hoping for with SPIDER-MAN, you have to think of them as stand-alone movies, not ‘1-2-3-4,’ ” says Amy Pascal, Sony Pictures’ studio chairman. “They’re sort of like the James Bond stories.”

So, is this the gentle way of telling us that Raimi, Maguire, and Dunst WON’T be back for number four? Sounds that way to us.

(Via Film Ick)


Spider-Man 4 Talk

May 29, 2007

Spidey 3 Producer Grant Curtis talked to iF Magazine about possible villains for the almost-inevitable Spider-Man 4, here’s what he had to say:

For me it’s hard to beat the Lizard, it truly is. That’s just me talking. I think the Lizard has got a great story of not only personal pain but also emotional pain, and trying to mask both of those, it’s a strong storyline. The Lizard has always been a favorite of mine, even before working on these movies. I’ve always liked Kraven The Hunter, but he’d have to be used selectively. For me though it would have to be the Lizard.

The Lizard and Kraven the Hunter? Hell yeah! This movie practically writes itself… After losing his arm in an accident, Dr. Curt Connors explores the science of reptile limb regeneration and tests his findings on himself, becoming The Lizard… hiding in the sewers, he terrorizes New York while his loving family tries to find their missing husband and father… seeing reports of a giant lizard creature, Kraven the Hunter comes to the Big Apple to hunt new game… imagine Spidey caught in that crossfire! Thrown in a little Peter-MJ-Gwen love triangle– make it a story about redemption and forgiveness in light of what went down in Number 3– and you’re good for $400 million right there!

(Via Superherohype)