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Where in the world is Gene Ha?

'Batman & Robin' #22 variant cover by Gene Ha

“Where in the world is Gene Ha?”

That’s what comic fans like me have been wondering the past year. Sure he’s been popping up as a cover artist on some big DC titles and rounding out the last issues of The Authority: Lost Year, but in terms of real, sink-your-teeth into it comics work it’s been a drought. But thankfully, Gene Ha has popped up to explain what’s going on.

In a blog post on his website, Ha explains that the his major creator-owned project Back Roads with Bill Willingham at IDW (announced back in 2009) has fallen apart due to the writer stopping to turn in scripts — just after Ha turned in the complete first issue – pencils,  inks and colors. With the full story of Back Roads estimated to be 132 pages and no new script pages in a year, Ha’s pretty much said the project is dead.

Getting back into the swing of things, Ha has worked on those previously mentioned covers for DC, and he also did a Mouse Guard story with writer Lowell Francis. He’s also working on shorts for House of Mystery and the IDW Rocketeer miniseries.  The most enticing bit of news is something else.

“I’ll be doing a few issues of an iconic DC character this summer, DC should announce details soon,” Ha revealed. “And finally, after all that, I’ve been working on something with James Robinson.”

Look for more on Gene Has’ website, but before you go — tell us your favorite Gene Ha work and what iconic character you’d like to see him work on!



Like a lot of people, my favorite Gene Ha work is TOP 10.

As for which iconic character I’d love to see him work on, I’m going to say Captain Marvel.

Definitely TOP 10. I really wish they’d be able to finish the second series which got cut so abruptly.

Iconic character? Well, I don’t know if he’s considered “iconic”, but I’d love to see a Ha Shadow story.

Man, Gene has bad luck with his writers. First Morrison on Authority and now this. I think his work would be great for a more mysterious DC character. Someone like Swamp Thing, The Spectre, or Dr Fate.

I believe Ha did work with Robinson in the past on a Shade story. I thought I read this in the Starman Omnibus. A new shade mini by Ha! would be killer.

Shade #1 (1997) part 1 of a 4-parter. Please let it be this!

“Bill Willingham fell apart. Willingham stopped writing scripts for it, so IDW is stuck after getting an issue’s worth of art, 24 pages of pencils inks and color all by me”

Comics! Wow!

Shade. That would be so cool.

You can do that? Sign all the papers and cook up a script and then just be like “Nope, not fuckin’ doing this” and stop production without telling anyone?

Top 10. Definitely Top 10.

Is there a way where he could work for Marvel? Or is his contract exclusive to DC?

What the hell, Willingham?

Other Chris:

Willingham dared to tell Joss Whedon “don’t tell me how to write your characters, you don’t boss me around” even though he technically was his boss.

He very quickly left Angel and IDW after that. Why he decided to screw over Gene Ha without even telling him though I have no idea.

Definitely Top Ten. I have a huge fondness for those books and their artwork, because they were the ones that first dragged me into full-on comics fandom. Top Ten: The Forty-Niners is his absolute best – it’s just a beautiful-looking book.

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