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Omega Flight and Oeming (links to some Mice Templar as well)

KVWKVW Registered User regular
edited September 2007 in Graphic Violence
Well, I just stumbled upon this interview with Oeming concerning Mice Templar and he started talking about Omega Flight, why it turned out the way it did, why it was a mini and other random musings. Explains a lot about the quality of the book and general lateness for his work the past little bit. You can read the rest here.

Basically, his wife left him and his personal life was hell and Marvel tells him after issue 2 its a miniseries and to make it work when he had set it up for an ongoing pacing. Quote has the Omega Flight details. Link above has more Mice Templar stuff for those that are interested.
Mary E. Brickthrower: MICE TEMPLAR was a long time comin’ – so why did it take so bloody long to launch.

Michael Avon Oeming: Wow, lots of things.... I had this idea (just a shell) going way back to the turn of the century. In fact, after POWERS hit and was a success and then I told [Brian Michael] Bendis I was going to do another creator owned book--he thought it was going to be MICE TEMPLAR instead of HAMMER OF THE GODS. Long story short, I just have a lot of ideas I want to do and only so much time. Not sure why other projects grabbed me when they did, but I'm glad I waited. You know what Mary, you're a good friend and I love you so I'm going to give you the real scoop on a few things- both TEMPLAR and POWERS, as well as OMEGA FLIGHT, what went on with those projects, why some were late, and how I've felt about others. Only you get this because you and Jacob saw me through a lot of this. We had intended to start way earlier on this last year, but several things came up in both Bryan's life and mine. I went through a separation with my wife and my whole world turned upside down for a while. I moved out and found myself living alone for the first time ever at 34 years of age. I was running around and traveling all over the world to try and escape myself and find a new life at the same time. It was crazy times, throwing POWERS way off schedule and putting a halt on MICE TEMPLAR for a while. So there you go, those of you POWERS fans freaking out at Brian--the lateness wasn't him, it was me. And for obvious reasons, you won't find me talking about it more than what you're reading here on Mary's site, so don't bother asking me. OMEGA FLIGHT had started at Marvel as my first monthly ongoing series, but well into issue two having already been drawn, it was abruptly cut down to a five issue mini series. A mini would have been fine if I had started it as a mini, but I wasn't writing or setting up the series that way so it really screwed with both the story and me. I almost gave up. Between that and what was going on in my life, all the love was sucked out of the experience. I'm proud of the work and the book and the fan reaction. I STILL have a great working relationship with the editors and Marvel, make no mistake about that--just because it was bad times doesn't mean I feel that way about the book or Marvel. I love both. I continue working with them and love it. And yet it represents a time when life and career felt like they were on fire... and not in the good way, but in the "flesh is boiling off my brain" kind of way. During the big NYC show in February, I had a complete meltdown one night, literally out of my mind. So if OMEGA FLIGHT fans wondered (as they often do on my own [message] board) why I haven’t commented on OMEGA FLIGHT much, on the fan reaction, the fact that it sold so well (outselling many of Marvel's ongoing titles) or even just general questions about the series future--that is why. Its just been dwarfed by personal experiences. That also explains the lateness of POWERS. I've since recovered for the most part, and I'm now hard at work on getting POWERS regular again as well as establishing MICE TEMPLAR on a bi-monthly schedule. Seriously, my working life now is solely dedicated to POWERS and MICE TEMPLAR, as well as seeing RED SONJA through. So that’s it; that's a whole lot that I won't be talking about anywhere else!

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    BlankspaceBlankspace __BANNED USERS regular
    edited August 2007
    I really, really wanted to like Omega Flight.


    But it was just terrible, which is weird considering I love Oeming and Kollins.


    Also, I made a Mice Templar thread already, but it's on like the bottom of page two so a new one is cool I guess.

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    rockmonkeyrockmonkey Little RockRegistered User regular
    edited August 2007
    If this is indeed partially a mice templar thread then I'd like to say that I thoroughly enjoy the fat issue #1 that came out yesterday.

    The jagged art style is perfect and I love it.

    The story so far seems plenty different from Mouse Guard, but does seem to have that typical high fantasy/star wars setup of an ancient group of mystical warriors that has fallen and only a few members survive, now past their prime. A young male who is destined to revive the order blah blah blah

    nothing wrong with that, in fact I eat that shit up and the mouse twist is fun.

    in all? Beginning of a simple solid plot with kickass artwork.

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    The_LightbringerThe_Lightbringer Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    I liked how in mice templar,
    The old grizzled templar veteran and youth full apprentice were the ones that were killed, totally caught me off guard.

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    BalefuegoBalefuego Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Oeming is a rad dude.

    But he should do less writing and more drawing.

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    ServoServo Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited August 2007
    Balefuego wrote: »
    Oeming is a rad dude.

    But he should do less writing and more drawing.

    i wish he'd write and draw his own thing, actually. blood oath or ragnarok or ares would have been about ten thousand times better if he'd drawn them as well.

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    BalefuegoBalefuego Registered User regular
    edited August 2007
    Servo he's writing/drawing a Powers one shot (or maybe mini?) about GORA.

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    CorvusCorvus . VancouverRegistered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I liked OF, but it really, really, suffered from being cut down from an ongoing to a mini. Oeming did a good job of addressing a lot of the complaints of Alpha Flight fans IMO, and treated the property with respect.

    I would kind of have liked him to draw OF too, based on a couple of pieces of art he did with the characters.

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    delphinusdelphinus Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    man i liked where omega flight was going. too bad its over. i wanted to see more interaction between spider-woman and USAgent.

    but also a little pissed where they left bill.

    i'm sorry but when you hit your enemy hard enough that your own body explodes? youve got yourself an awesome character

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