Tuesday, May 15, 2007

X-Men group editor. Sounds nice.

Okay. I already posted a huge pitch for Uncanny X-Men. That of course would have to be coordinated with the editors for Astonishing X-Men, X-Men, Cable/Deadpool and the other books. Are they around in the world of our simulation? Sean, what do you think of the pitch?
If this gets greenlighted, I'd need to contact Robert Weinberg and Chris Batista. I'm thinking of using Marko Djurdjevic as a cover artist, so I need to check his schedule as well.

If that pitch doesn't pass your desk, Sean, I'll have to think of an alternative.

As for Wolverine...
When I think of Wolverine, I think of Madripoor, which in turn makes me think of a Noir setting (ironically not necessarily Madripoor, New York would work just as well as long as he doesn't wear s costume too much, there's Uncanny for that). With Ed Brubaker off Uncanny X-Men, this might be up his alley, with Scene of a Crime, Sleeper and Criminal under his belt. So he's my top choice for Wolverine. If it doesn't work out with Ed, I'm thinking of Rian Johnson, writer/director of Brick. Is he interested in comics at all? Would he work for the money we pay him? He's not a great name in Hollywood (yet), so he shouldn't demand as much as, say, the Coen Brothers would. And then there's the possibility of David Lapham.
Several artists float to the top of my head. Doug Mahnke (Lobo/Mask and Lobo/Hitman featured a tough fighter (rhymes with Bobo) that doesn't pull his punches, isn't afraid to get dirty etc) is one, but I'm not sure if he can do Noir.
Leinil Yu went in the direction I want during his Wolverine stint, especially Not Dead Yet. But he's been on the book before, and nostalgia is death. Besides, I'm not sure if he would leave New Avengers, so I'll move him way down the list.
I think I'll ask Tom if I can get Mike Perkins away from Captain America. I think he'd work well with Brubaker. ;)
Is Tony Harris available for cover art?


Philip Schaeffer said...

Noirverine. Sniktiky-sniktin' cool.

I'm also a big time fan of Brick, though I'd warn you that trusting such a high profile title to a guy who's never written a comic book before (let alone a moderately budgeted movie) might be a bit of a gamble, though it's one that could really pay off, as evidenced by Brick.

So would this be a series of done in ones like Paul Dini's Detective?

Michael Heide said...

I doubt it. I'm currently trying to find a way to let Wolverine jet around the world (Japan, Madripoor, Genosha, etc) that meshes with the Charles Bukowski characterization I have in mind for Wolverine. But I guess Brubaker (who it's probably going to be instead of Johnson) can wrap it all in one nice storyline. That can't be done with done-in-ones.

Oh, and I have an even better idea for the Uncanny X-Men art. Adrian Alphona (Runaways). He's a brilliant artist and the next big thing. I'm pretty sure Marvel should lock him on a big series before he gets the offer to do a Cliffhanger title or something at Wildstorm or Image.

Sean Kleefeld said...

Haven't gotten to the X-Men pitch yet. (Sorry, busy day.)

I like where you're thinking on going with Wolverine, both with the style/tone and the creators to pull it off. Worth a shot to talk to Johnson, if Brubaker's unavailable. I think we can afford a bit of "cross-media name-gamble" on a bigger seller like this. I'm not terribly familiar with Alphona's work, but if you think he could pull off a noir book without looking like he's aping Sin City, that's fine with me.

I agree, though, that you'll need to come up with some story logic to get Logan jetting around. Maybe a quest/crusade type of thing, like the Indiana Jones movies?

Michael Heide said...

An Indiana Jones type quest could be cool, but would go against the Noir theme of the book. I'm thinking more along the lines of a kidnapping and Logan is on their trail.

And I wanted Alphona (who kicked all kinds of @$$€$ on Runaways) for Uncanny, not for Wolverine (see the respective posting), sorry for the misunderstanding. For Wolverine, I'll go with Mike Perkins (Captain America fill-in issues).