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J.M. DeMatteis on the end of Abadazad, new novel series



It’s been five years since Disney bought up the assets of CrossGen, the defunct comics publisher behind such titles as Ruse, Sojourn and Abadazad. It was that last property, by J.M. DeMatteis and Mike Ploog, that Disney seemed the most interested in, and a series of children’s books published by Disney’s Hyperion soon followed. So whatever happened to Abadazad?

DeMatteis recently posted two different posts on his blog that answer that question; first, he details the book’s rise from an idea to being a big reason why Disney wanted the CrossGen properties, and in a second post he explain that that personnel changes at Hyperion and disappointing sales led to the end of the road for Abadazad. But the cancellation was the springboard for another idea:

That concept smacked me across the face, grabbed me by the throat and dragged me out of my bed and into my office, where I found myself typing furiously, outlining the tale of a twelve year old girl—Mehera Crosby—whose life is upended when her favorite book series is canceled; upended even more when she discovers that the characters she so loves are alive, trapped in a strange and deadly limbo—and it’s up to her to rescue them. I called the story Mundus Imaginalis and writing that outline totally dissolved my foul mood.

The title was shortened to Imaginalis, and the first one in the planned series is due next June; go check out both his posts for a lot more detail; it’s interesting reading. So will young Mehera end up saving Kate and Matt Jameson? I guess we’ll find out then.



Wow, I’m surprised that I haven’t read anywhere about the possibility of Marvel reviving the CrossGen titles or universe once the merger happens, especially considering the majority of CrossGen talent went to work for Marvel.

At the minimum, I would think that Marvel would consider collecting the material in TPBs and HCs if only to bolster their backlist/catalog.

I’d be VERY surprised if Marvel doesn’t publish some CrossGen stuff at some point in the future. It might be several years, but they’d be idiots not to at least explore the concepts.

On the other hand, it still boggles my mind that they have sat on the Ultraverse properties for as long as they have, regardless of what Quesada says.

It’s too early for any announcement of that sort just yet. The Disney/Marvel deal hasn’t officially closed yet; I believe it’s supposed to close by the end of the year.

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