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Friday, July 18, 2003

COMIC-CON: WILDSTORM PANEL

SAN DIEGO-- A third League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series and a new book from J. Scott Campbell were among the highlights of WildStorm's panel at Comics-Con International on Thursday.

Here's a rundown of the news that came from the panel:

LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN

Artist Kevin O'Neill confirmed that he will re-team with Alan Moore for a third volume and even provided an illustration that is shown here.

According to O'Neill, the third volume will jump to the year 1920 and will feature new League members, although Mina will still be around.

"We'll also go back and jump forward as well, around the 1950s," O'Neill said. "Alan has some dazzling ideas. It's going to be sexier than earlier volumes."

O'Neill said there will be a break between the second and third volumes.

"Alan's promised to continue with the League," O'Neill said. "He enjoys it as much as I do and the reaction from people has been encouraging."

O'Neill said he saw the League movie and "actually liked" it. "We knew for a year that they weren't adapting the comic," he said. "They just bought the premise."

J. SCOTT CAMPBELL BOOK

WildStorm editor-in-chief Scott Dunbier announced that Campbell will return next year with a new project from the Cliffhanger imprint, but would not provide any more details.

"We're very excited to have him continue to do work with us," Dunbier said.

ASTRO CITY

Astro City: Local Heroes continues this August with a look at Astro City in the 1970s, including a first look at the Blue Knight, but writer/creator Kurt Busiek announced some changes in the series.

According to Busiek, the story in Local Heroes #4 grew so much, it also took up the fifth issue. The story intended for #5 will be a 30-page special. "It's going to come out early next year," Busiek said. "It's the last case of the '60s here SuperSonic, and we find out why he was retired for so long."

Coming in December is the Astro City/Arrowsmith special, featuring a brand-new Astro City story as well as the never-before-published Arrowsmith preview, previously available only at wildstorm.com

Busiek said that Astro City: The Dark Age will explain what went wrong in the 1970s in Astro City and will take 12 issues. To break things up, after every three issues, there will be a standalone special featuring more contemporary characters.

ARROWSMITH

DC announced that the first issue of the six-issue mini-series by Busiek and Carlos Pacheco has sold out.

"Our plan is to do a series of mini-series," Busiek said. "So hopefully this is just the first act."

PLANETARY

In October's Planetary #17, writer Warren Ellis and artist John Cassaday reveal an episode from Elijah Snow's past of Elijah Snow that takes him back to the African jungles in 1933, and a mysterious man who was raised by wild animals…

"We had that unfortunate break," said Dunbier, "but the stories are just as good if not better, and John Cassaday has grown as an artist."

THE AUTHORITY

The world's hardest-hitting team faces an unexpected new threat in October's issue 4: faith! In a story written by Robbie Morrison, with guest art by Tan Eng Huat, The Authority must contend with a group that has a more appealing message than their own "finer world?"

Morrison said he was unnerved in taking over a title that has carried so much heat and controversy. "I didn't give it that much thought," he said. "I just wanted to do my best and see what happens."

Morrison said he enjoyed working with Huat, formerly of Doom Patrol. "The action stuff seems to suit him," he said. "I am going to try to work with him again at some point."

SLEEPER

Writer Ed Brubaker and artist Sean Phillips continue to make life tough for Holden Carver as he digs deeper into the seamy side of the WildStorm universe in Sleeper. A collection of the Point Blank mini-series that led into Sleeper will be released in November, with a Sleeper collection likely to follow. "We think a lot of people missed out on this the first time around," said DC's Patty Jeres.

STORMWATCH: TEAM ACHILLES

The series poses the question: Who is Citizen Soldier, and what are his plans for the world? Readers will find out in August, as humanity reels from the theft of the world's gold reserves. Can a depleted Team Achilles take on an American icon?

"It's my take on the the red, white and blue, flag-draped hero and today's societ," writer Micah Ian Wright said. "It's sort of my answer to the new Captain America series from Marvel."

21 DOWN

The current series is ending, but a second series will move the title into the Eye of the Storm imprint. The creative team will remain the same: writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray and artist Jesus Saiz. "We're going to turn it up to 11," Palmiotti said. "And things are going to get really crazy."

THE TWILIGHT EXPERIMENT

Palmiotti and Gray are also teaming on this six-issue mini-series, set to launch next year. The artist is Juan Santacruz.

The Twilight Experiment begins when the Earth's greatest super-hero dies, leaving her young son stranded on their space-station home. Eight years later, the boy finds his way to Earth, only to discover that the man who killed his mother is not only alive but has taken control of the planet.

"It's an epic super-hero story," Gray said.

THUNDERCATS

In November, writer Judd Winick teams up with artists Alé Garza and Trevor Scott for one of the most unexpected team-ups of all: Superman/Thundercats. This 48 page-special brings the Thundercats to Metropolis on the trail of Mumm-Ra's agents. "It's a clever story," said editor Alex Sinclair said. "It's done in a way so that it's not ridiculous."


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