Monday, September 3, 2007

Secret Defenders?

Is writer Joe Casey working on a Defenders revamp for Marvel Comics? Maybe. In a recent piece on his favorite superhero team books for Blog@Newsarama, Casey writes:
Y’know, someone really needs to bring back the Defenders, don’t they? It’s just time. Now, I’d imagine the book would need to evolve out of its 70’s nostalgia, but it could definitely be done. Maybe someday…
The appreciation's signature, then, includes a clue about an upcoming project.
Joe Casey
proud writer of many team books, such as Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (I and II), FF: First Family, Wildcats (vol. 2 and Version 3.0), The Intimates, Uncanny X-Men, G.I. Joe: America's Elite, KISS, Youngblood and the upcoming **** *********.
Of course, "**** *********" could mean anything, but the second word has precisely as many letters as the word "Defenders." And over at Comic Book Resources, promoting his upcoming book for Top Cow Productions with artist Kevin Maguire, Pilot Season: Velocity #1, Casey provides another tease.
And there's another top secret Marvel project on the horizon, too, one I feel like I've been working toward for most of my career.
If both pieces indeed hint at the same "mystery project," I'd say there's a good chance it's a new Defenders title. Which in itself wouldn't get my knickers in a twist by any stretch. But at this stage, Casey's name on a book ensures that I'm at least going to be interested: I'd be hard-pressed to think of any (native) North American mainstream comics writer more versatile or willing to reinvent themselves and their approach with each and every new project, in a way otherwise only managed by his British colleagues Alan Moore, Grant Morrison and Warren Ellis.

By default, I'm looking forward to pretty much anything Casey has in the pipeline.

(Which, by the way, at present, besides the already mentioned Pilot Season: Velocity, also includes two Image Comics graphic novels called Krash Bastards and Nixon's Pals, a relaunch of Rob Liefeld's Youngblood and the Marvel limited series Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin - the latter two with his frequent collaborators Derec Donovan and Eric Canete, respectively.)

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