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SDCC ’11 | Scalped confirmed to end with Issue 60

Scalped, Vol. 1

Scalped, the Eisner Award-nominated crime series by Jason Aaron and R. M. Guéra, will end in April with Issue 60.

While Aaron had repeatedly suggested the Vertigo comic was nearing its conclusion, he resisted naming a final issue, writing just three months ago that, “It’s never been a secret that Scalped had a definite ending point. I still haven’t put a specific issue number on it, but we’re certainly getting closer.”

However, during Thursday’s Vertigo panel at Comic-Con International, Executive Editor Karen Berger got specific, confirming that Aaron and Guéra will bring the story to a close with the 60th issue.

Debuting in January 2007, Scalped is a gritty crime Western that’s been described as “The Sopranos on an Indian reservation.” It follows Dashiell Bad Horse, an angry undercover FBI agent who’s to return to the Prairie Rose Indian Reservation after a 15-year absence to infiltrate the criminal organization headed by Chief Lincoln Red Crow and bring him to just for the murder of two agents 30 years earlier.

The end of Scalped will follow the conclusion of DMZ in December and the cancellation of Northlanders in March.


Food or Comics? | Steak or Schism? Red Wing or Red Wine?

X-Men: Schism

Welcome to Food or Comics?, where every week we talk about what comics we’d buy at our local comic shop based on certain spending limits — $15 and $30 — as well as what we’d get if we had extra money or a gift card to spend on a “Splurge” item. We’re coming a little late today due to a power outage in my neck of the woods — due to a blackout, not because I spent the money for the electric bill on Flashpoint or Fear Itself tie-ins.

Check out Diamond’s release list or ComicList, and tell us what you’re getting in our comments field.

Chris Arrant

If I had $15, I’d make a mad grab for American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest #2 (DC/Vertigo, $2.99); I love what Snyder and Murphy are doing here, and anyone who knows me knows how big a fan I am of Murphy’s work. Next up would be the debut of Jonathan Hickman’s Redwing #1 (Image, $3.50); after seeing Hickman blossom at Marvel, it’s great to see him re-invest in creator-owned comics. Third would be Jason Aaron and Carlos Pacheco’s X-Men Schism #1 (Marvel, $4.99); I have a sense Aaron’s the kind of writer to bring his “A” game when it comes to special stories (he did it recently in Scalped #50), so I’m interested to see what he does here. Last up would be Northlanders #42 (DC, $2.99).

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Food or Comics? | This week’s comics on a budget

Alpha Flight

Welcome to Food or Comics?, where every week we talk about what comics we’d buy at our local comic shop based on certain spending limits — $15 and $30 — as well as what we’d get if we had extra money or a gift card to spend on a “Splurge” item.

Check out Diamond’s release list or ComicList, and tell us what you’re getting in our comments field.

Michael May

If I had $15, I’d start with Alpha Flight #1 ($3.99). I had mostly positive feelings about the prequel issue with the only negatives being a mixture of “that doesn’t look like Sasquatch” and some anxiety born from being used to disappointment from Alpha Flight books. Neither of which has anything to do with the people creating the next eight issues, so I’m looking forward to this in a way that I haven’t since John Byrne left the book. Next I’d grab Flashpoint: Grodd of War #1 ($2.99), because an all-out Gorilla Grodd comic sounds awesome. And then I’d give Godzilla: Gangsters and Goliaths #1 ($3.99) a shot to see how well IDW can manage two Godzilla comics at a time. They certainly managed the first one well. Finally, I’d pick up Mickey Mouse #309 ($3.99) because it’s a globe-trotting adventure with a ton of guest-stars, including my favorite: The Phantom Blot.

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DC Comics cancels Northlanders

Northlanders, Vol. 3

DC Comics has canceled Northlanders, Brian Wood’s well-regarded Vertigo series set during the Viking Age.

The writer confirmed an earlier report by Bleeding Cool, announcing last night on his blog that the title will end with March’s Issue 50. “It has a very loyal fanbase but the trade sales just aren’t cutting the mustard,” Wood wrote.

“I’m not going to eulogize the series yet and start thanking everyone, since I have the next nine or ten months to do that,” he continued. “While this news sucks, I consider it a triumph for everyone responsible that our depressing, often cerebral comic book about Vikings and history is lasting FIFTY ISSUES. It feels appropriately epic, and the eventual seven volumes of the series will hopefully stay in print forever (or close to that).”

Debuting in December 2007, Northlanders is a bit of a storytelling oddity, utilizing self-contained arcs to tell tales set at different times and locations, and with different characters, during the same historical era — the late 8th century to the 11th century. Wood has worked with a range of artists on the book, including Becky Cloonan, Leandro Fernandez, Davide Gianfelice, Ryan Kelly, Vasilis Lolos, Dean Ormston, Fiona Staples and Danijel Zezelj. Massimo Carnevale has illustrated all of the covers. A one-shot with Marian Churchland and a nine-part story with Paul Azaceta still remain.

“Please, retailers, do not cut your orders, and please, readers, don’t cancel your subs,” Wood wrote. “No story is getting cut short, nothing will be left hanging.”

News of the Northlanders cancellation follows word that the writer’s exclusive agreement has ended with DC. However, Wood says, “I don’t think these two are connected.” He also alluded to being dropped from Supergirl only days before DC announced its line-wide relaunch, writing, “I was not given a role in the recent DCU reboot after all but I think its an exciting idea and wish everyone the best.”

Northlanders #41 goes on sale on June 15.


Brian Wood and Kristian Donaldson to reteam for The Massive

The Massive

DMZ and Northlanders writer Brian Wood has confirmed he’ll reunite with Supermarket collaborator Kristian Donaldson for his next project The Massive.

Following up on an item that appeared Sunday on Bleeding Cool, Wood posted the above image with a quote from Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea: “The globe began with sea … who knows if it will not end with it?”

“Consider this a proof-of-concept type thing and NOT AN ANNOUNCEMENT,” he wrote this morning on his blog. “It’s just: here’s the title, here’s the artist, here’s an image.  The real news will come in the next few months.” Although Wood didn’t say what publisher will release The Massive, his not-an-announcement comes only days after he revealed his exclusive agreement has lapsed with DC Comics.

Food or Comics? | This week’s comics on a budget

Flashpoint #1

Welcome to Food or Comics?, where every week we talk about what comics we’d buy on Wednesday based on certain spending limits — $15 and $30 — as well as what we’d get if we had extra money or a gift card to spend on a “Splurge” item.

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Graeme McMillan

If I had $15 this week, I’d immediately go for Flashpoint #1 (DC Comics, $3.99) – I am very, very unsure about the number of tie-ins DC are pushing out for the new crossover event, but with Geoff Johns in charge, I’m suspecting that the main book will be worth a look at least. I’d also grab the relaunched GI Joe #1 (IDW, $3.99), if only to follow up on the “Cobra Civil War” storyline that I admit has completely caught my attention unexpectedly. Curiosity would also get me to pick up both Moriarty #1 (Image, $2.99) and Total Recall #1 (Dynamite, $1.99), two new launches that will hopefully take familiar ideas and characters in directions I wouldn’t expect…

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Food or Comics? | This week’s comics on a budget

Hellboy

Welcome to Food or Comics?, where every week we talk about what comics we’d buy on Wednesday based on certain spending limits — $15 and $30 — as well as what we’d get if we had extra money or a gift card to spend on what we call our “Splurge” item.

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Michael May

If I had $15:

I’d get Hellboy: Buster Oakley Gets His Wish ($3.50) to see Hellboy fight some giant robots in space, Salt Water Taffy, Volume 4: Caldera’s Revenge ($5.99) to see Jack and Benny sign aboard a spooky ship in search of a Moby Dick-like whale, and Sweets #5 (2.99) to see Kody Chamberlain wrap up his delicious New Orleans murder mystery.

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Northlanders cover artist Massimo Carnevale goes to the movies

Best known for his covers for Brian Wood’s Northlanders series, painter Massimo Carnevale has blown my socks and shoes off these last few weeks with his unique paintings based on popular movies over at his blog. There’s numerous stand-outs, including the Toy Story 3 piece at the right, so it’s definitely worth your time.

Massimo has been doing covers across the industry the past few years, including work on Del Rey’s The TalismanY: The Last Man, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer Season 8 and two Terminator series for Dark Horse. He comes to us by way of Italy, where it’s reported he’s even done interior comics work as well. While I couldn’t find any that I could buy, I found an interesting artbook called Icon Artbook Vol. 3: Massimo Carnevale available as an import from Forbidden Planet that looks enticing.

Food or Comics? | This week’s comics on a budget

Invincible Iron Man #500

Welcome to Food or Comics?, where every week we talk about what comics we’d buy on Wednesday based on certain spending limits — $15 and $30 — as well as what we’d get if we had extra money or a gift card to spend on what we call our “Splurge” item.

Check out Diamond’s release list for this week if you’d like to play along in our comments section.

Graeme McMillan

If I had $15 this week, IDW would be seeing a lot of it. It’s a cheat, because I’ve actually already read both Doctor Who Vol. 2 #1 and GI Joe: Cobra II #12 (both $3.99), but both are licensed comics done right in my opinion; Who in particular really catches the tone of the TV show in a way that the last series, as fun as it was, didn’t quite do (despite the writer, Tony Lee, being the same for both), and Joe has an ending that’ll get the nostalgics in the audience jumping up and down. It’s a weird mix of anti-nostalgia and art appreciation that gets me looking at my other pick of the week, Marvel’s Invincible Iron Man #500, which I’ll be picking up less for the story – although I like the “What if this really was #500 of the current series, and set 40-odd years in the future?” idea behind it – than the art, seeing as the wonderful Nathan Fox, KANO and Carmine Di Giandomenico join the okay-if-you-like-photo-tracing Sal Larroca for this oversized issue.

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Hey Comics, meet Matthew Woodson

Every week it seems, we see someone new on the comic book shelves. It could be a new writer, a new artist, or perhaps someone starting out in coloring or lettering. Unless they’ve made their name elsewhere like movie writers Kevin Smith or J. Michael Straczynski, it’s a long slog to recognition… but there might be one name that jumps to the top of your pull list in 2011.

Matthew Woodson.

Although Woodson’s never been published in comics before, he’s done several comics in non-comics publications like Spin and fashion magazines. He’s best known as an illustrator for magazines — right after he finished college, he was hired to illustrate Perry Ellis’s Fall/Winter 2006 campaign. But he’s stepping off the catwalk and off the reservation completely as he makes his proper comics debut in an upcoming issue of Brian Wood’s Northlanders from Vertigo.

According to a blogpost over the weekend by Wood himself, the story arc with Woodson is titled “The Hunt” and will hit shelves later this year. Wood’s always had a keen eye for talent and nurtures the artists he works with (akin to Jeph Loeb), and says Woodson has “superhuman talent.” The pair almost worked together several years ago — Woodson was the original artist on Wood’s Top Shelf OGN Dogs Day End, which eventually fell by the wayside.

Although no art is available yet from Wood and Woodson’s Northlanders, visit Woodson’s website to get up to speed and see some of the comics work he’s done outside of comics.

Cloonan teams with Wood for Northlanders tale

Northlanders #35

Northlanders #35

Here’s some great news for fans of Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan’s Demo … As they usually do the week before DC’s monthly solicitations go public, Vertigo’s Graphic Content blog posted all the covers for their December books today. The one that jumped out at me was the cover to Northlanders #35, which reveals that artist Becky Cloonan will team with writer Brian Wood on a story called “The Girl in the Ice.” Wood told me it’s the first of a two-parter, and I’m sure we’ll learn more next week when the solicitations hit.

Brian Wood talks DMZ, Northlanders, the return of Jennie 2.5 and more

Since  I began interviewing comics creators back in 2005, I’ve talked to Brian Wood more than two dozen times. When we first spoke, Channel Zero had just been collected by AiT-PlanetLar and he was working on his second creator-owned project, The Couriers. Since then he grew into one of the biggest names in independent comics before graduating to the offices of DC’s Vertigo imprint, where he’s entered the mainstream with works like DMZ, Northlanders and his return to Demo. He recently completed writing his first work on company-owned characters in almost a decade, reviving Wildstorm’s Dv8 series. With DV8 and Demo v2 behind him and DMZ counting down to the final issues, Wood is redoubling his efforts on his Viking crime series Northlanders while getting ready for a new round of series — including one chronicling musicians that sounds like my new favorite comic.

Chris Arrant: Let’s start with an easy one – what are you working on today, Brian?

Brian Wood: Oh, I guess we’re starting off with me being lame and saying “its something I can’t talk about,” that’s yet to be announced. So let’s forget I said that and instead I’ll lie and say that today I started the first issue of the final year of DMZ. I’ll probably actually start on that tomorrow. I’ve also been on a real tear recently with coming up with new ideas and pitches, for some reason. I have that fear that all of us have at one point or another, which is the fear of not having another good idea ever again, the fear of not being able to create something to follow a current critical success. I mentioned DMZ in its final year. I also concluded Demo recently, and I finished writing DV8 many months back. A lot of stuff ending, and requiring a bunch of new stuff to replace it. A new “era” in my career, really, especially when it comes to doing something to follow DMZ. Anyway, after worrying too much I’ve enjoyed a real run of creativity, and have seven or eight mostly completed pitches just sitting here. Enough to last me a while.

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Food or Comics? | This week’s comics on a budget

Bone: Tall Tales

Bone: Tall Tales

Welcome once again to Food or Comics?, where every week we talk about what comics we’d buy based on certain spending limits — $15, $30 to spend and if we had extra money to spend on what we call the “Splurge” item.

So join Brigid Alverson, Chris Mautner and me as we run down what we’d buy this week, and check out Diamond’s release list to play along in our comments section.

Chris Mautner

If I had $15:

This one’s easy, as Wednesday sees the arrival of Jeff Smith’s latest Bone-related project, Tall Tales ($10.99 paperback, $22.99 hardcover — I’m obviously going for the paperback here). My daughter has become obsessed with Bone — to the point where she’s started making her own Bone-related comics (complete with theme music) — and is eager to pick up the latest volume, even if it does mostly collect material she and I have read before (namely the Stupid, Stupid Rat Tails series). I’ll probably pick it up on the sly this week and give it to her for for her birthday next month.

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The Lost-Northlanders connection revealed! (In my mind, at least)

From Northlanders #28, by Brian Wood and Leandro Fernandez

From Northlanders #28, by Brian Wood and Leandro Fernandez

I concede that, like so many people, I’ve had Lost on my mind for the past couple of days. However, am I the only one who, upon seeing this lovely preview for Northlanders #28 by Brian Wood and Leandro Fernandez, instantly thought of the closing moments to Sunday’s series finale?

To prove I’m not totally crazy, I’ve included a couple of screencaps after the break. Isn’t it a little eerie? (The similarity, I mean, not my craziness.)

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