This is what the obviously insane Mr. Millar is calling his 4some of ongoing Marvel comics.
Fantastic Four, Wolverine, 1985, and Kick-Ass.1985
I have a curious interest in seeing superheroes in the real world. It's a theme that runs through my work, I suppose, and I guess it comes from discovering Alan Moore when I was twelve in 1982. This was the beginning of realistic superheroes really hitting the mainstream and all comic-book writers try to recreate the stuff that wowed them when they were twelve years old. Kick-Ass, Wanted and Chosen all take place in our world, but even stuff like Ultimates and Authority don't feel too far away from us either. Marvel 1985 really takes this to the next level and has all these villains travelling here through a wormhole and doing whatever they please. That was the beginning of the story in many ways.
The idea that even a low-level crook like Electro or Sandman would destroy pretty much anything they found on our world. we can't be wowed anymore just by seeing the Hobgoblin zip past on his glider because people in the Marvel Universe see this every day, but in the real world we'd be seeing this with fresh eyes and it would be awesome. It's the antithesis of Marvels in many ways. That was a book about a real person in the Marvel Universe. Our story is about these fantastic characters existing here in our world.
Toby's an eleven year old boy who hasn't quite discovered girls yet and just lives and breathes Marvel comic-books. He's in a small American town, has almost no friends and nobody besides the two guys who run the local comic store to talk about his great passions. He's very slightly emotionally retarded and has been on medication since his parents split and his Mum remarried and at first we think these sightings of The Vulture or The Red Skull or Ultron in his home town is just an example of his drift into mental illness. But we soon discover this is all very real and something really bad is going on in town and it's all centered around a haunted house in the middle of the woods. Now this house and this big plan is all very, very related to my Fantastic Four run. The villain here is the villain there and the two stories tie together, both feeding into Wolverine: Old Man Logan too. Of course, you can read these all on their own and they're beautifully filling, but read them all together and you can find our where one guy came from or what another guy did next. Wolverine, FF and Marvel 1985 are really my own One Man Event this Summer. Even Kick-Ass ties in loosely, which is a bit cheeky for a creator-owned book, but there's a link between the 11 year old comic fan from 1985 and the 16 year old comic fan from 2008. I did this with the first wave of Millarworld books back in 2003, but I'm tying everything together much more overtly here. It's a genuine big crossover and all ties together with the two men who trained up Doctor Doom.
More 1985 art in this spoiler:
Millar and Hitch have already started their run on this title and it's been aces so far I think.
The most important thing for Bryan and I was to make the book feel new again. We agreed that Doom was going to be the only very established character we used and everything else would be brand new material. Lee and Kirby were always creating new characters and concepts. They didn't always work, but the rate of their creativity was so stunning that a massive chunk of the current Marvel U came out of those first 100 issues. We're trying to add to this mythology with Nu Earth, CAP, Alyssa and her crew plus upcoming stuff that ties into Wolverine: Old Man Logan like The Protectors, Reed's cousin, The Hooded Man and The Masters of Doom. The latter are probably my favorite creations from the whole run. These are the guys who trained up Doctor Doom in the black arts and they're genuinely very frightening. These are good characters to leave behind for others to play with.
There's just tons to play with here and that's been jostling for space with all the upcoming dramas like the Anti-Galactus, the new Nanny, the big secret with Franklin and Valeria that rocks the team to the core, the journey into the future with Old Man Logan and a world without superheroes, the mystery of the Hooded Man, the death of Sue, one of the team getting married, one of the team being a traitor (and none of that involving the Skrulls). We have huge things planned, but nothing bigger than The Marquis of Death and Earl Wyncham. These are the men who trained Doctor Doom and they come back right after we have the team vacation in Scotland with Reed's cousin (and another big mystery). Plus the gay Johnny Storm from a parallel universe living in a civil partnership with Reed. He's Jack Storm and has been a lot of fun to write so far.
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Bryan Hitch artwork!
And finally, he is teaming up with the incomparable Steve McNiven for a Wolverine story entitled:Old Man Logan
He's described it as Unforgiven with Logan as Clint Eastwood.
Yeah, this is Wolverine at "eighty." Thanks to his healing factor, he only looks in his late fifties (and probably much like I'll look in my forties) so he's still getting around pretty good. It's Dark Knight for Wolverine, essentially. The big, wide, show-stopping series that plays around with the most popular Marvel character of the last forty years, a dystopian vision of the Marvel Universe and a unique look at their futures. The heroes have gone, the villains have won and we're two generations away from the Marvel we know. Now they're all just trying to live their lives in the midst of the eco apocalypse we read about in Fantastic Four.
McNiven eye sex follows:
The last one is Kick-Ass
buuuuut we already have a thread for that.