Notes and Reviews:
1. Shout out to Bridge City Comics.
2. Jonathan reviews Silver Surfer: Requiem.
3. Comics/movies synergy?
4. Superman/Doomsday reviews.
5. Interview with Lori Petty.
1. Iron Man Trailer reviews.
2. Wolverine shooting in November in Sydney Austrailia.
3. Incredible Hulk shooting photos.
4. Showrunner change on Bionic Woman.
5. Blade pilot on DVD.
6. Spectacular Spider-Man series order extended from 13 to 26 episodes.
7. Season Finale of 4400 review.
8. Spiderman 3 getting full court press from Sony Oct 30th. First High Def release with all HD extras.
1. Kevin McKidd possible for Thor or Donald Blake.
2. Iron Man not flying?.
3. Introducing the Gyllenhal scale for rumors.
One of the many things I love about the world of comic books is its acceptance, both as a publishing industry and a reading audience, of bizarre ideas. This remark may sound strange in reference to an entertainment medium so completely dominated to a single genre, but even within the superhero genre comic book publishers have shown much more willingness to explore unusual themes and ideas, from Alan Moore’s thought-provoking reworking of Swamp Thing to Walter Simonson’s “Frog of Thunder” story in Thor, which saw Marvel’s God of Thunder transformed into a frog for three issues.
Which brings us to Gutsville, a story with a setting so bizarre you will only find it in a comic book.
The premise of Gutsville is that in 1850 the SS Daphne, a British ship bound for Australia, is swallowed whole by a giant sea monster. But instead of being digested, the crew and passengers survive and build a permanent settlement in the beast’s stomach, surviving by fishing for salvage every time the monster swallows. The story opens 157 years later, with the descendents of the Daphne‘s original survivors led by a religious sect who believe they must purify their spirits before they will be allowed to return to “the dryplaces of the Earth.” The main character is Albert Oliphant, who has just inherited his recently deceased father’s job of catching the giant mutant rats that prowl the fleshy passageways of Gutsville. The plot thickens when Albert finds that his father has drawn a detailed map of the maze of passageways, which may just show a way out of the beast.
This entirely original set-up is accompanied by some sharp writing and an intricate plot by British novelist Simon Spurrier, and gorgeous, atmospheric painted artwork by Frazer Irving. It is set to be a six issue limited series, but with a setting this rich and complex that hardly seems like enough issues to do the idea justice. It seems like there is a lot of Gutsville to explore, so here’s hoping Albert won’t find his way out too soon…
Beginning of September 2007
1. Transformers 1: Optimus was Peter Cullen, not Culkin
2. Transformers 2: Voice of Starscream in new animated series is Tom Kenny not Chris Latta
3. DragonCon – CRAZY!
4. Interview clip with John Wesley Shipp.
1. Iron Man Teaser on TV September 10.
2. Stephen Sommers (Mummy) directing GI JOE.
3. A writer is hired for GI JOE.
4. Documentary about Christopher Reeve.
5. Punisher 2 is now Punisher: War Zone.
6. Hancock, casting and synopsis.
7. ACLU putting out comic books.
8. Scream Awards on Spike TV October 23.
1. JLA Rumors continue, casting notices?
2. Wonder Twins?
1. Dr. Strange DVD
2. Flash Gordon TV Series
3. Jonathan reviews World War Hulk.
4. Who Wants to be a Superhero?
1. The Spirit casting.
2. Carla Gugino added to Watchmen as Sally Jupiter.
3. Heroes casting –Kristin Bell (Veronica Mars) the big coup.
4. Nichelle Nichols added to Heroes.
5. Matthew Vaughn (Stardust) directing Thor.
6. Ed Norton re-writing script on The Incredible Hulk.
7. Iron Man footage from Comic-Con coming out.
8. The Dark Knight presentation at Wizard World Chicago.
9. Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy in The Dark Knight.
10. Spiderman 3 on DVD October 30th.
11. Fantastic Four 2 on DVD October 2nd.
12. Transformers on DVD in November.
13. 300 best selling high-def DVD title so far.
14. SciFi Channel show for 2008, The Awesomes, from the producers of Saturday Night Live.
1. George Miller directing JLA?
2. JLA back on the fast track?