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‘Blade/X-Men situation resolved,’ a relieved Mark Millar assures

"We are the X-Men"

"We are the X-Men"

It look as if Mark Millar’s vampire-induced disaster has been averted.

If you’ll recall, on Thursday Millar was upset to see Marvel’s “We are the X-Men” teasers that hint at a mutants-versus-vampire storyline. That’s because some of the elements — Blade and vampires attacking mutants, namely — seemed awfully similar to an Ultimate Avengers arc that Millar had been talking about publicly for some time.

So, before Millar contacted Marvel, he took to his message board, writing, in part: “How the Hell did this happen? It wouldn’t have been as big a deal if I hadn’t started the series yet, but it’s almost done and just going to look foolish following an X-Men event. Am honestly just so disgusted with this as I’ve talked about it many times. [...] I’m hoping this is some horrible misunderstanding. I’ve only seen what you’ve seen online with Blade and the X-Men and a vampire Jubilee (again, very close to stuff I’m doing). Fingers crossed this bullshit gets fixed, but am getting closer and closer to just doing my own stuff every day.”

But by the end of the day Millar had updated his forum members, saying he had spoken to Marvel Publisher Dan Buckley, and that the misunderstanding would be sorted out today. And that appears to be what’s happened.

“It seems there was something of a communications problem between the Ultimate U and the Marvel U, which is understandable because they don’t share the same continuity,” Millar wrote today. “Anyway, the similarities between these storylines were evident, but with a few tweaks these are being cleared up and Marvel have been great about it. The extra good news is that Ultimate Avengers 3, the arc guest-starring Blade, has now been pulled forward by a month or two and fans of the book are going to get lots of double-shipping. [...] Marvel took the miscommunication problem very seriously and we sorted it all out today with a couple of conference calls.”

The X-Men storyline, which presumably ties into The Death of Dracula, is expected to be announced Sunday at C2E2.

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This whole thing seems stupid… mostly because I seem to remember the X-Men killing Dracula back in the ’80’s.

“I seem to remember the X-Men killing Dracula back in the ’80’s.”

Dracula always comes back! :-D

Wait does this mean that Millar is still a whiny self-entitled narcissist that gets upset when another cliche work for hire storyline gets done before he claim his version a masterpiece that will no doubt include meaningless violence, gore, and sexual assault?

So it’s alright for Millar to rip off ideas from other writers (like he allegedly did with Claremont’s “Dark Wolverine” story), but it’s a cardinal sin if someone does it to him. What a friggin hypocrite.

Blue Saint — yes.

Steven R. Stahl

April 16, 2010 at 8:28 pm

Going straight to Buckley was not the best thing to do, if Millar cares about office politics at all. What does he think Quesada and Brevoort are there for? Going to Buckley to clear up things only supports the impression that Millar, Bendis, and a few other writers (?) do what they like, and the editors are only there to help them out.

SRS

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