SDCC ’12: Legendary Comics Score Big With Superstar Creator Line-Up

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Today Legendary Comics, a division of Legendary Entertainment, revealed its superstar line-up of writers and other talent who will work on upcoming projects.

Matt Wagner (Grendel) and Simon Bisley (2000 AD and Lobo) will work on The Tower Chronicles. Recent Eisner Award winner Mark Waid (Daredevil), Shane Davis (Superman: Earth One) and Max Brooks (The Zombie Survival Guide) are teaming up for an IP entitled Shadow Walk. Two surprise announcements were also made: J. Michael Straczynski (Superman: Earth One, Before Watchmen) announced his new book The Majestic Files. It is a story that looks at the Roswell crash from a new perspective. Alex Ross also revealed a cover for the second The Tower Chronicles. Legendary Chairman and CEO Thomas Tull said “We want Legendary Comics to be known in the industry as a place that fosters talent and creature innovative content. Today was a great opportunity to showcase this to our fans.

Here is a little info about the three announced books:

The Tower Chronicles

With the release of the first book of The Tower Chronicles just 2.5 months away, Wagner, Bisley, and Schreck appeared to discuss the progress of the book and reveal important details. The trilogy explores the history and contemporary adventures of John Tower, a supernatural bounty hunter with a grim and secretive past that haunts his every action. Tower’s past is highly mysterious and intricate beyond the immediately obvious–there’s a LOT more to John Tower than just hunting down monsters. He’s actually on a very dire and personal quest that has taken him to all corners of the world…and spanned many, many years. Like the Jason Bourne movie franchise, the secrets and history of John Tower’s world are revealed little by little over the course of an epic comic-book trilogy.

“Like a modern-day paladin, John Tower pursues the dark and mysterious menaces that the rest of us has all but forgotten. His deadly quest leads him to confront all manner of ghost, ghoul, goblin and even…the extremely rare vampire,” said Wagner. “His past is haunted with secrets that spur him to again and again do battle with the most dangerous foes the world has ever known! Part of the thrill of our story is slowly watching the mysteries of HIS story unfold–along with all the supernatural menaces he has to face along the way.”

The Tower portion of the panel concluded with the reveal of Ross’ compelling cover for the second chapter of Book One. Ross is the second world-class artist to create a cover for The Tower Chronicles series, following on the heels of Jim Lee’s cover for Chapter One, which was revealed earlier this year at c2e2. Schreck and Tull have stated that each subsequent cover in the trilogy will be created by equally renowned artists. The next cover artist and his work will be revealed at some point over the next few months.

 

Shadow Walk

Is the Shadow of Death in the Bible a metaphor or could it be a real place? Waid, Davis and Brooks tackle that question as they focus on a valley near modern day Iraq where three separate incidents – in 1914, 1948, and 1968 – occurred during a time when the world was at war. Satellite photos from each incident along with firsthand accounts reveal incidents that seem to defy the Second Law of thermodynamics and uncover tales of men being mutilated. Now, it is time to find out once-and-for-all the source of these encounters. In their first comments on the project the triumverate discussed the roles of each of the creators and the contributions that Brooks will be making. Additionally, the title treatment and the first pieces of art from Davis were shown.

“SHADOW WALK is an excursion into a very dark world where a small band of adventurers will have their faith tested and their concept of reality turned upside-down in their quest for something that cannot possibly exist–and, yet, does,” commented Waid.

 

The Majestic Files

During Straczynski’s surprise appearance at the panel, the first details were revealed about his previously unannounced project, which unravels what really happened at Roswell on July 8, 1947 by using real-life experts from the world of politics, science and the military to construct a step-by-step recreation detailing what might have happened, and then using that as the basis for a fast-paced story. Additionally, it was revealed that artist Geoff Shaw (Batman, Grimm Fairy Tales) will be working alongside Straczynski on the project. The title treatment and promotional art created by Shaw was shown to fans.

With that line-up, it’s hard not to get excited. I’ve been saying that Mark Waid’s Daredevil is fantastic, and it just recently won multiple Eisner Awards. The rest of the announced creative teams aren’t too shabby either. It will be interesting to see how these releases go. What do you think? Is this a dream team of creators?

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Source : Legendary Press Release