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Details revealed on Bendis and Maleev’s creator-owned series Scarlet [Updated]



We may not be any closer to knowing what “O-X” is all about, but this afternoon we learned a few details about Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev’s new creator-owned title Scarlet.

On G4 TV’s Attack of the Show, “Fresh Ink” host Blair Butler revealed the Icon series is a “real-world” crime comic in the vein of Bendis’ Jinx. Scarlet centers on a woman “who is pushed to the edge by the fractured modern world” but fights back, starting a revolution in the process.

More intriguing, Butler said Bendis will experiment with a new storytelling approach in which “the fourth wall won’t just be broken to engage the reader — it’ll be smashed.” Scarlet is set to debut in July.

Scarlet marks Maleev’s first creator-owned work, and Bendis’ first since Powers, his long-running superhero-police procedural with Michael Avon Oeming. Bendis and Maleev first worked together in 2000 on the Spawn spin-off Sam and Twitch, and have since collaborated on such Marvel titles as Daredevil, Halo: Uprising and Spider-Woman. A creator-owned collaboration has been teased since at least July 2007.

Update: Watch the video after the break.

Update 2 (Friday A.M.): Bendis’ Jinxworld website now has a section devoted to Scarlet, featuring covers by Maleev, Oeming, David Mack and David Lafuente, desktop wallpapers and promotional banners. (And, yes, I realize now that “O-X” represents the … masking tape? … on Scarlet’s breasts. However, I was busy taking notes during the “Fresh Ink” announcement, and could do little more than glance at the images on the TV screen.)

Comic Book Resources has more details.

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Bendis & Maleev doing a crime comic. I’m in!


April 15, 2010 at 6:32 pm

I just read Jason Shiga’s ‘Meanwhile’. It’s a genius Choose-Your-Own-Adventure style comic book.

I found out about it from Bendis’ facebook posts, because a few months back he was talking about how much he loves it.

20 bucks says this “smashing of the 4th wall” is something similar.

Ummm, if you look a little closer you will see O and X in that top picture. I’m guessing those are what that’s about.

The Ugly American

April 15, 2010 at 7:11 pm

Sooooooo it’s KICK-ASS, but with guns and written by Bendis?

Oh Robot 6, did you really not spend enough time looking at this woman’s breasts to realise that THEY are, in fact, O and X?

… Which might make O-X the most peculiar teaser in recent history. If the line of logic continues then O.M.I.T. is a comic starring a woman with four breasts!

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