Of the four new Mark Millar comics announced at this weekend’s Kapow con in the UK, it’s no surprise that I’m most drawn to the still-untitled project with Frank Quitely. The idea of an ongoing Hit-Girl series does little for me (Wouldn’t the right time for this have been last year, following the movie and when there was more interest around Kick-Ass in general?), Supercrooks sounds fairly generic, and the Dave Gibbons project is still as much a mystery as before. But there’s something about Millar and Quitely’s “huge, 12-issue superhero epic” that catches my eye, and it’s not that it’s got, as Millar noted in a CBR interview, “a mythology as rich as ‘Lord or The Rings’ or ‘Star Wars’ but along the lines of ‘Crisis On Infinite Earths‘” (Although, for anyone that doubts whether or not Quitely can do that kind of thing, I’d direct your attention to Flex Mentallo, where he does it with style). No, it’s that this will be an Image book.
Millar hasn’t done a creator-owned book outside of Marvel’s Icon imprint since… what, the uncompleted War Heroes in 2008? In fact, there are a couple of incomplete projects the writer has at the publisher – in addition to War Heroes, there’re also the two follow-up chapters to Chosen, which were announced as forthcoming in 2009. Does one new Image book mean that the other Image books might be forthcoming?And what does it mean (if anything) that Millar is publishing outside of Marvel again?
(Also, Millar hasn’t said where the Gibbons project is being published yet, has he? I wonder if that’ll be Image as well… or even funnier, if Gibbons’ connections land it at DC or Vertigo…)
(Also, also: Considering the not-exactly-speedy Quitely is, by his own admission, still drawing the new We3 pages for the new oversized collection and then has the first issue of Grant Morrison’s Multiversity to do for DC, when are we likely to even see this new series?)