Villain of the Week: Wizard for screwing up a news story and causing much confusion. The offending paragraph has since been removed, but in a report on Warren Ellis’ Heroes Con panel, Wizard reported that “Fans hoping for more volumes of Fell will be disappointed to learn that the author has no plans to return to the series. ‘I think one is enough because it’s a bastard to write,’ said Ellis. ‘One is enough. I think it has got the ball rolling for other people. Casanova is out now. I think there’s going to be at least one more book in the Fell format in the next six months from Image.’” Fortunately for Fell fans, Ellis clarified on Ben Templesmith’s LiveJournal that the series will continue and that “the dick from Wizard with the laptop was in the far corner of the room and well out of earshot. The question was, ‘Will you create more books in the Fell format?’”
Hero: Warren Ellis for turning readers on to Antony Johston and Christopher Mitten’s Wasteland in his Bad Signal newsletter. Ellis’s recommendation isn’t quite enough to get me to try new things, but his comparisons to Lost and “the high points of The X-Files” got my attention, as did his mention of “mysteries within mysteries and an original mythology to become immersed in.”
Villain: Allan Heinberg for not staying on Wonder Woman forever and ever. I know we’ve only seen one issue, but based on that issue, and Young Avengers, and the fact that he’s good enough to write for Grey’s freakin’ Anatomy, he was the man for the job. Fortunately…
Hero: Jodi Picoult for being the woman for the job. I’ve never read a single word of hers, but she was fan enough to include real, live comic book pages in her latest best-selling novel, so her taking up WW after Heinberg is exciting news to me. And I don’t wanna get into the “women should write women characters” debate, but if she can do for Wonder Woman what Gail Simone did for Birds of Prey, the world will be a happy place.
Hero: Marvel for giving Brian K. Vaughan a Doctor Strange mini-series. At last, a talent worthy of the creation.
Villain: Me for missing another deadline and getting this column up a day late. Sorry, boss.