Brian Wood reveals ‘near misses’ from his time at DC Comics
Brian Wood is nothing if not full of ideas. And in the middle of some housekeeping, he found pitches and proposals he wrote during his tenure at DC Comics. Although Wood’s time at at the publisher was best known for his creator-owned titles like DMZ and Northlanders, he did do some great work-for-hire like DV8: Gods & Monsters, and as it turns out, was in talks at various points tackle characters ranging from Superman to Catwoman to Green Arrow. Wood, who was interviewed this morning at Comic Book Resources about his Dark Horse work, wrote little write-ups on each of these nine projects, including this morsel:
8. Gotham: Neighborhood Rebellion aka Catwoman Year 100 – When Bob Schreck was at DC, he asked me to pitch a few things, and I did, and none of them got past the first draft pitch stage. This was one of them, a far flung future crime story featuring a young girl named Nomi Blume (I’ve since used that name in Ultimate X-Men for the Mach Two character… cuz nothing goes to waste). The other pitches I can’t locate.
The veteran of creator-owned titles also had some more of those projects in the works, including a downright invigorating project with Jamie McKelvie that sadly never happened. He also had a 15th-century period that may find a second life outside of DC.
9 QC (short for Quattrocento) – a Vertigo miniseries about inventors and secret societies and musical prodigies in 15th century Italy, with the same darker tone that Northlanders has. This is still in my “active” file, and I hope to get it out there someday.
Publishers, get out your checkbook and give this man a call, please.