Unexpectedly, Vertigo have today explained through MTV Geek that Simon Oliver and Robbi Rodriguez’s (excellent) new series Collider is due to change its title. After one issue of being called Collider, the series will now be called ‘FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics’ for issue #2.
Why the name change? In the interview, Oliver says that it’s due to a claim that there’s already a book called ‘Collider’ out there:
Unfortunately at the eleventh hour someone else seemed to believe they had the name “Collider” staked out and had planted a flag in it before we did. To be honest I haven’t gotten that involved, I don’t know who they are, what their book is about, but I wish them well with it.
So this looks like a case similar to Mark Millar/Frank Quitely having to change their Image series from ‘Jupiter’s Children’ to ‘Jupiter’s Legacy’ because a band claimed they already had the name locked down. I have to be honest – I’ve had a look to see if I could find this rival ‘Collider’, but came up short.*
At any rate, Collider will now be called ‘The Federal Bureau of Physics’. And actually? That could well be a stronger title for the book. It sums up the premise of the series clearly, and has a certain ring to it, no?
Issue #2 is out on 28th August.
*UPDATE: I’ve been informed that the claim may well come from the original graphic novel Collider, which is due for release as a movie.