§ Jackpot! When we said we wanted more recent comics behind-the-scenes, we didn’t know Tom Brevoort was going to oblige with the initial pitch for Civil War!!!. Now all those ramblings from Mark Millar on Millarworld can finally be interpreted.
This was done immediately after the creator conference at which the initial ideas for CIVIL WAR were thrown around, and you’ll see Mark make reference to some of those conversations herein. Also, the version I’ve chosen to upload has notes incorporated into the body of the text from both Joe Quesada and myself, so you can get a sense as to our innediate eractions to the specifics of what Mark was proposing. And because I can’t seem to do different colors in this blog, the Joe comments are labeled JQ, and my comments are labeled TB.
We find this pullquote especially endearing because Tom is a great editor but he made just as many stupid typos as we do. “Eractions”? That SHOULD be a word. This posting is a frigging Rosetta stone:
Also, as Jeph said, we can’t really have a Civil War without some genuine casualties, so we’d better start thinking about that seriously—and who we’d want to kill off or mutilate in this thing. If Speedball is the best we’ve got, it’s time to pack it in.
Mary Marvel: It seems as though Mary and Eclipso are in reverse positions in comparison to The Last Supper image, as determined by who has his arms around whom. We said the comparison wasn’t perfect. However, similar to The Last Supper, the one character does have his arm around the other. What Eclipso is saying to Mary is anyone’s guess, but it is interesting to note that these two place-switching figures are actually two characters known for swapping, as Mary currently has the powers of Black Adam and Eclipso must inhabit the bodies of others.
Sure, but when will Andrew Lloyd Weber write the musical?
§ Speaking of COUNTDOWN, the blogosphere is atwitter with the news that the guy who was going to blog about it every week has quit:
I have now dropped Countdown. The extent to which there will not even be a pretence of a story in this comic has become painfully clear.
Well that one was made for short haul.
Meanwhile Dick interrupts his 90s revival to bury DC:
Nobody seems to like Countdown. And yet, take a look at DC’s solicitations: tons and tons of miniseries spinning off from Countdown. Presumably these were all commissioned and scheduled before the sales figures started rolling in, but still–DC is flooding the market with a bunch of series nobody wants. If the sales on the core title are slipping fast, what can we expect for the multitude of spinoffs? This is especially dire if one considers the potential effect on sales generated by the poor quality of World War III (though, to be fair, I’ve heard some people say they actually enjoyed WWIII–never underestimate the allure of continuity porn, I guess).