My end of it was I wanted something short, which is four issues max, I didn’t want any superpowers, I wanted a single character — so once we agreed to do something together he said, ‘I have something in mind that would really suit you.’ And then the next thing I read online was I was doing a twelve-part superhero epic! I think now it’s going to be five parts and possibly with a gap — but I had a brilliant time working with Mark on ‘The Authority,’ so I’m looking forward to it… I’ve only done three pages of it and the pages for the sneak peek — so I mean he’s told me he’s like written the first three issues and I believe he’s told a number of people I’m halfway through it, you know!
Mark Millar tries to clears up any confusion – and, in the process, creates a little bit more confusion:
We want to get it as close as we can to a monthly schedule, probably six weekly, and get five or six out (where there’s a natural break) and then give him a few months to catch up before plunging into the second half. The whole series will be released over about 20 months. 10-12 issues in total. I’m just finishing #3 at the moment.
Firstly, let’s assume he means “an issue every six weeks” when he says “six weekly” (I first read it as “six issues on a weekly basis,” and thought that he’d gotten “weekly” and “monthly” mixed up). But doesn’t it read to you like Quitely believes that the series will be five issues in total with a gap somewhere in there, as opposed to five issues and then a gap before the rest of the series? I have this mental image of him reading Millar’s statement and just going “Aw, what?”