Mark Millar og Bryan Hitch overtager Fantastic Four

Bryan Hitchs tegninger til FFDet her er vildt: Mark Millar og Bryan Hitch – holdet bag The Ultimates Vol. 1 & 2 – overtager Fantastic Four i starten af 2008.

Mark Millar har følgende kommentar:

“It’s the keys to the family car, isn’t it? To ‘civilians,’ they associate Marvel with Spidey, but as fans we know it all started with ‘FF.’ It was probably the most radical of all the Stan and Jack collaborations in that we had a superhero cohabiting with his equally super girlfriend, the world’s ugliest superhero, a super-hedonist, and with no masks or secret identities. It was the book that broke all the rules, which is something we take for granted.”

Det lader til at Millar henter inspiration fra udgaver af FF, som mange her i Danmark kender og holder af:

“The stuff I’m trying to measure up to are the first 110 [‘FF’] issues and the Byrne stuff. I’ve championed Byrne as often as possible these past couple of years because I specifically think his ‘FF’ run counts as some of the best Marvel books ever. I think it’s up there with his ‘X-Men.’ Just amazing stuff.”

Den nogen gange meget store forsinkelse der har været på The Ultimates (hvilket bl.a. har haft Mark Millars sygdom og ikke mindst Bryan Hitchs perfektionisme som årsag) har de i noget grad forsøgt at tage højde for:

“I started this before Christmas and Bryan started in the New Year, I just handed in our tenth issue last week and Bryan is just finishing the fourth. So, we’re in good shape. But I don’t want to trailer any plots until late next month. It’s good stuff, though. We’re very pleased with it.”

Det bliver et team, der kommer til at dele vandene, hvis altså deres Ultimates er noget at gå efter. Personligt glæder jeg mig til at se hvad d’herrer finder på – om end jeg tvivler på at de laver så solid en Dr. Doom som Waid og Weringo. :doom:

Mark Millars fremtidsplaner

Mark MillarOvre på sit forum løfter Mark Millar – manden bag bl.a. The Ultimates og Civil War – sløret for sine fremtidige projekter for Marvel:

We’ll fill in the blanks later because some of these won’t be announced until Chicago con (where Marvel want to make a big splash). But here’s what I’m stockpiling at the moment and one of the reasons (besides those six months off) why there’s only 2 Marvel comics out from me this year.

Starting in January…

1/ Me and Hitchy take over a regular Marvel series.
2/ Me and McNiven do likewise.
3/ Me and Tommy Lee Edwards do 1985
4/ Kick-Ass with me and John Romita Jr

There’s a fifth comic out next summer, a kind of creator-owned follow-up to The Ultimates, but I’ve only written the first two issues and the artist hasn’t even started yet so unlikely to see the light of day before this time next year. But 1985 is entirely written, the Hitchy project has nine scripts in the can, the McNiven book is three issues in and Kick-Ass is halfway through. So schedule is looking good and most will be scripted entirely before the first issue is published. It’s nice to be ahead of my deadlines for once.

But these all get big art previews in August. So look out for em.

Det er næsten mere end min hjerne kan rumme ;) – Millar er i mine øjne en rigtig god forfatter, og projekter som involverer Bryan Hitch (“Hitchy”), Steve McNiven og ikke mindst John Romita Jr. er også højt på den indre shoppingliste, så jeg glæder mig helt enormt. Bliver det ikke snart januar?

Interssant er det også at det ser ud til at hans tid hos Marvel er ved at være slut:

[W]hat’s listed above is the last of my Marvel projects for the time being. We had talked about a big 36 issue run, but losing the year really killed that dead and my contract’s up in May. No plans to sign up again for now… I’m going to do creator-owned for a while (maybe a year) before thinking about any other company-owned projects.

Men hvis tiden har lært os noget, er det at man skal tage Millars udtalelser med at gran salt eller to – og kombineret med det faktum at Marvel (hvis de ved hvad der er godt for dem) er ved at bakken en lastbil fyldt med penge ind i Millars indkørsel, så lad os se hvad fremtiden bringer …