UPCOMING PRODUCT
EVERYTHING STAN LEE!
INCENTIVES
THIS JUST IN!
COMIC BOOKS
TRADE PAPERBACKS
HARDCOVERS
3D SCULPTURES
CGC GRADED COMICS
LITHOGRAPHS AND POSTERS
TRADING CARDS
PRODUCT ARCHIVE
DF DAILY SPECIAL
CONTEST
The All-New Comicon.com! from comicon.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WAITING FOR TOMMY: WARREN ELLIS REMIXED
By Richard Johnston

JOHNMCMAHON: Hi Warren, back when Joe Quesada first got the EIC job at Marvel you suggested that he wouldn't change the company, rather that it would change him. Now that you're back doing WFH at Marvel, and apparently enjoying the experience (as per one of your recent Bad Signals), do you think you were wrong way back when and that Joe has succeeded in having a noticeable, positive effect on the company?
WARREN: Y'know, that's a fair question. I think it did. And I think that at the end of last year, with corporate shenanigans and the Unjemasing and particularly a personal loss he suffered, Joe kind of caught himself. Joe wrote me a long email at the start of the year to straighten some stuff out, and there was very much the sense of taking stock, changing how things are done and not just existing in the environment of hate and paranoia that's always been endemic at Marvel.

(And, you know, Marvel could be almost David Lynchian at times, down to the malfunctioning flourescent tubes that flickered in the corridors.)

I can't discount the effect Jemas is said to have had in the office. I mean, I know writers who had phone conferences with them both, who would suddenly find Jemas swearing at them like he had Tourettes. I think the chaos he created was an integral part of their early success -- Millar loved and loves him for his fearlessness -- but by all accounts the guy has some kind of chemical imbalance that made him a loose cannon by the end of his tenure as Publisher. With the removal of Jemas and other company mouthpieces, Marvel may be a lot quieter than the early part of Joe's tenure, but it certainly seems to me to be entering a Kinder And Gentler phase.

MILLER: Are FASTER and BLACK HORSES still projects you are planning to produce? You've previously mentioned being unable to do MORNING DRAGONS for free. I was wondering, due to the success of ORBITER, if Vertigo might be an option, or failing that, Paradox Press, which has produced the various ROAD TO PERDITION books in a similar format to that you had planned for MORNING DRAGONS, and even used Steve Lieber for one of those books. I'm not sure what the ownership issues would be, of course, but I, for one, would still love to see this book, if you ever have a chance to get it published. I can't believe one of DC's imprints hasn't stepped up...
WARREN: 1) BLACK HORSES, yes. FASTER, I really don't know any more.

2) Vertigo is not an option for MORNING DRAGONS, no.

3) Yes, I am aware that DC are using formats they previously told me were unavailable to me. You'll notice that I'm no longer exclusive to DC.

DECKARD: What's your take on the shift back to costumes (mainly in the X-books)? I was at the shop the other day, and I heard people talking about how they were glad to see their hereos back in spandex. Funny thing though, they were all saying how they loved the black leather 3 years ago. Any idea what's caused this shift? And perhaps what caused the shift from spandex to leather the first time?
WARREN
: Seems to me you're talking solely about the X-Books.

Pervert suits in comics look dumb. You can get John Cassaday and Laura Martin at the top of their game to illustrate them and they still look kinda dumb. Some people like the dumb. For those people, comics are all about the dumb. So, you know, okay. There are plenty of other comics to read.

CRAIGO: As a related question, since you wrote Hellblazer for a while (and a great run it was!), are you interested at all in the upcoming Constantine film? I know most fans are expecting a train wreck, but will you give it a chance?
WARREN: I've read the script. I apologise to the writers involved, who I'm sure worked very hard, but it's bloody awful. It's possible things got fixed on the set, I know there seemed to be an intent to do that -- but in the script John Constantine is now a man with the (super)power to go to Hell. So long as his feet are immersed in a bucket of water. Seriously.

I don't think it would have killed them to put "adapted from the works of Jamie Delano and Garth Ennis" on the script jacket, either, since it's a Frankensteinian stitch-together of their runs on the book.

 

ORBITER HC

FERRAN: Wich comic do you think had a greatest impact in the field: Watchmen or The Dark Knight Returns? And wich one do you like more? I see in a previous answer that you didnt like any of the latest works by Frank Miller? Didnt you like 300?
WARREN: I think they probably had equal influence, but in the most superficial ways. Very few people attempted the structural complexity of WATCHMEN, but there were lots of psychopathic "realistic" superheroes. Very few people went after the informational density of DKR, but... there were lots of monomaniacal "realistic" superheroes. I think I liked WATCHMEN more.

No, I didn't enjoy 300. I kept waiting for Kevin Sorbo to turn up.

SEAN MURPHY: I'll try to be brief, but I've noticed that your reinterpretations of different companies' characters tend to fall into patterns. Marvel-like heros seem to be portrayed as out of control monsters, starting with the Hulk-like character in the Gen-13 preview through the treatment of the Four. DC characters tend to be largely ineffective (the JLA gets beat by mere mortals early on and Superman, Wonder Woman, and the Green Lantern are wiped out).
WARREN: The classic Marvel characters were broadly perceived as "out of control" in the contexts of their own stories. It was one of the things Stan Lee brought to the genre. People feared Marvel superheroes. In a cultural context, Marvel superhero comics of the 60s were unsettling in a genre previously dominated by the DC characters.

The classic DC heroes, on the other hand, brought the massive world-changing forces of universal justice and the pinnacles of human achievement to bear on... bank robbers and people dressed like playing cards and clocks.

JOHN VOULIERIS: 1) Why did the 3 work for hire projects turn into 1 at DC? Can you tell us what they would have been? Is JHWilliams the artist of this one DC work for hire book or is he drawing another book for you altogether? 2) How's the script for Planetary #22 coming along? (The torture of William Leather) - in a recent Bad signal you seemed to imply you were having trouble finishing this issue...
WARREN: 1) Because I dropped out of two.

2) PLANETARY #22 -- I need to get back to that at the weekend. No wild rush, because, as I say, I'm still at least a script and a bit ahead of John. #22 is just a very complex piece of work, and I'm trying to cram everything that needs to be said into 22 pages, and the story's told across four different time periods.

THE ROB: Reality TV shows: 1. do you watch them ever? 2. what does this say about society? 3. is this the proof we're moving towards the "perfect" future that Dick, Orwell and Vonnegut envisioned?
WARREN
: 1) I looked at I'M A CELEBRITY GET ME OUT OF HERE once when I heard John Lydon was on it.

2) That things aren't real to a large chunk of Western society until it -- or they -- are on television? Or that network TV as we know it is nothing but a delivery system for advertisements, and reality TV, being staggeringly cheap to make, is the most efficient eyeball-magnet for ads in TV's Darwinian jungle? What does it mean, when a thing's cancelled for low ratings? It means it didn't get enough people to watch the ads in between the programming.

3) No. Whatever happens is going to be both far nastier, and more banal (ref. Ballard) than anything those three came up with.  

Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 Continued Here...

Latest News
Updated: 01/17/21 @ 5:22 pm

1. POP! GO THE WRITERS PODCAST DEBUTS TONIGHT

2. PAUL BETTANY ON SINGING YAKETY YAK AT THE LAST MINUTE

3. THE DAY THE VISION TURNED BLUE

4. GODZILLA VS KONG MOVES UP TO MARCH 26TH

5. MARK HAMILL AND PEYTON REED CONNECT POST MANDALORIAN FINALE



DF Interviews
MARIA LIOVET



CNI Podcast
EPISODE 1058 - CNI-PIERCER!

Reviews: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow #1, Empyre #0: Avengers, Empyre #0: Fantastic Four, Snowpiercer season finale, The Old Guard film 


Newsletter Sign-up


Dynamic Forces & The Dynamic Forces logo ® and © Dynamic Forces, Inc.
All other books, titles, characters, character names, slogans, logos and related indicia are ™ and © their respective creators.
Privacy Policy