Mark Millar is giving Stan Lee a run for his money in terms of sheer number of irons in the fire. KICK-ASS hasn’t even been released yet and he’s already talking his own directorial debut and the prospects of his upcoming project with Leinil Francis Yu. And lest we forget that NEMESIS is still up in the mix as well.
Hear it from the man himself in his recent interview at MTV at SXSW…
For those of you can’t view the video, here’s a transcript of what he said.
"[KICK-ASS director Matthew Vaughn] and I are going to do two new projects, and they'll be quite interesting for people who are looking for us to get together and do a big, widescreen superhero picture… This is an adaptation of a book that Leinil Francis Yu and I are doing. It will be out in September as well. I can't divulge the name yet. I don't want it to get lost in the 'Kick-Ass' publicity, but this will be the next thing after 'Kick-Ass.' Nobody knows any of the content yet. Even the publishers don't know. We're keeping it quiet and we're walking on the project independently. I think we've just had a little taste of how cool it is — instead of doing other people's characters and characters that have been around 40 or 70 years — to create something for this generation. There's a gap in the market. It's been a long time since someone created a new superhero. Already we have directors lining up for 'Nemesis,' the book that's out in a couple of weeks' time. It's very exciting. It must be how Stan [Lee] felt, I suppose, back in the early '60s. He's creating all these books and luckily people are liking them."
He’s echoing sentiments Erik Larsen expressed last week in my interview with him. As a creator, I’m definitely rooting for Millar’s success with all his properties and the precedents they can potentially set in the business. I thoroughly agree with him about new characters and titles tapping a lot more directly into the zeitgeist. KICK-ASS, itself, speaks to the “You Tube” generation of having a lot of crazy individuals getting in front of the public with some truly brazen, and probably too dangerous, stunts that beget an entire community of copycats. Like he said, it’s more thrilling to see new creations rolling out with the same kind of spirit of invention we saw in the Silver Age.
It’ll be good to see Yu on another creator-owned property, as it’s been too long since we’ve seen him drawing his own characters. He did that World War II romp HIGH ROADS with Scott Lobdell about ten years ago and the cyberpunk Yakuza saga SILENT DRAGON with Andy Diggle about five years back, so this has been too long coming. We’ve still yet to see Millar’s answer to the question of “What if Batman was the Joker?” in NEMESIS with Scott McNiven, of course, so I’ll be curious to see if this will be another super-hero title or something with a more loosely-derived “superhero sensibility.”
-- Tom Pinchuk is the writer of UNIMAGINABLE for Arcana Comics and HYBRID BASTARDS! for Archaia Comics. Watch out for the HYBRID BASTARDS! hardcover collection this March - - available for pre-order now on Amazon.com.