Neil Gaiman’s Batman has arrived! The man Gaiman has been busy with films and shit (lots of Twittering about the Coraline premiere) but he’s done a nice job here:
Also out and about is more of that Buffy stuff. Some more of the old TV writers have been turning up recently but the Harmony issue was quite crappy last month.
Meanwhile, in time and space…
From the publicity: In The Whispering Gallery, the TARDIS lands in a maze-like gallery filled with thousands of talking pictures, and the Doctor and Martha discover they’ve come across a planet where showing emotion has been outlawed. The inhabitants have good reason for their supression, but it wouldn’t be like the Doctor to leave them in fear of truly living.
IDW are getting good at the old Who comics, and Tony Lee (who did the recent miniseries) should be back soon. His Twitterings are fun too, and not just when at a Doctor Who convention that involves a special game of Just A Minute and saying how lovely Nicola Bryant is.
Talking of the Who creators, Paul Cornell is writing a Dark Reign: Young Avengers mini series for Marvel! He’s already doing one of their best titles (Captain Britain and MI:13), proving Marvel are no dunces.
Also making me “oooh”: Manhunter may be dead but the cast have got new jobs: In Streets of Gotham, youâ€™re going to get a chance to see the supporting cast of Batmanâ€™s world, meaning that youâ€™re going to see Batgirl and Huntress and also the new DA of Gotham City, Miss Kate Spencer.
“The fun part about Escape for me is that youâ€™re going to see a lot of familiar faces in some very unfamiliar situations, and the primary leads of Escape are Nemesis and Cameron Chase, and youâ€™re finding out that they are being held against their will by the Global Peace Agency as they last appeared in Final Crisis.”
Talking of Manhunter…
The Shield’s Michael Chiklis and writer Anny Beck have teamed up to bring â€œOlympusâ€ to IDW Publishing later this year. The new series is set for 6 or 7 issues with Marc Andreyko writing and an as yet unnamed artistic team, to be edited by IDW Special Projects editor Scott Dunbier. â€œOlympusâ€ is a classic battle between father and son. In a world similar to ours, in the not too distant future, the human race is struggling and looking for answers to all the problems that plague them. The world finds their answer when the Greek god Cronus returns. The once failing worldâ€™s fortunes change with Cronus guiding their way to a life of prosperity and relative peace. However, that turn of events is not long-lived as Cronus grows mad with power and the world suffers as a consequence. Itâ€™s at this point that his son Zeus returns, to challenge his Father and save the world from his growing evil.
And in a alt-maneouvre of the above method:
Writer Brian Michael Bendis has confirmed that the Powers television series is in active development as a pilot for FX. Bendis had teased in September that the adaptation might be bound for the cable network, home to such dramas as The Shield, Rescue Me and Damages.
â€œI just handed in a draft to the network and weâ€™re getting our notes from the network as soon as this thing is over,â€ Bendis told MTVâ€™s Splash Page today. â€œSo next week Iâ€™ll get the notes, and as long as they donâ€™t involve sock puppets and some sort of orgy scene that Iâ€™m not interested in, then hopefully it will go in the right direction.â€
There’s a lot of to-ing and fro-ing between the comics and the teevee this year.
Not off the telly:
Terry Moore’s run on Runaways is almost over. Shame, but there’s still Echo to buy. And you should.
Keith Giffen is doing Doom Patrol! â€œIâ€™m a freak. You are a freak. OK, then why donâ€™t you go live in a cave? If I thought I was a freak I wouldnâ€™t put on a costume and go fight crime. There has got to be a rationale to that. Itâ€™s like the leap between superpowers and wearing spandex. I canâ€™t cover it in my head. Iâ€™d probably do the Spider-Man thing and get my uncle killed. But he was wearing spandex. Itâ€™s trying to connect a couple of dots there from you think you are a freak and you are reclusive by nature. And because you are in Doom Patrol, youâ€™re not necessarily going to all the superhero mixers. So why are you doing this at all?”
Next: Will Whedon’s (no not Wil Wheaton) Dollhouse be any good? Word on the street is that episode 1 is a bit “meh” but 2 is better. We shall see, I hope for the best… even with the Fox connection.