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  • TwoMorrows' retro Bronze Age comics magazine, BACK ISSUE, has an ongoing feature on "Greatest Stories Never Told"... the history of the industry is littered with the detritus of announced comic book projects that never quite happened.

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    • Nick, what's up?? Where is Mr. Ellis?? What's happening with PSP??

      Originally posted by leonmallett View Post
      Indeed. No doubt I will be criticised by some for voicing this opinion, but to me it seems pretty representative of the ad hoc approach that DE takes as a whole.
      I'll criticize ya. No, I won't. I agree with you.

      We WANT to see DE succeed in the marketplace and yet ....I think their approach leaves something to be desired. (Wished I could say something meaningful but I'm really dis-spirited by this PSP/Warren Ellis stuff.)

      Speaking of being dis-"Spirit"-ed.... maybe I CAN climb on to the DE ...The SPIRIT title.
      But I really would like to see these Golden Age heroes return. It seems if Nick valued some of his "hard-core" fans, he would give us some info on this PSP.
      Good or bad...something.!!
      "With the decline in the number of exclusive contracts being offered to comics talent and some veterans looking to explore new options, fans are seeing a number of long-time creators known primarily for one publisher, be it Marvel or DC, try their hand elsewhere. In March we have two big names talents from DC going to Marvel, as well as a host of new artists from around the industry.
      As previously noted, long-time DC artist Chris Sprouse is making his first full Marvel comic in March with S.H.I.E.L.D. #4. While Sprouse contributed an illustration and a couple fill-in pages to Marvel in the 1990s, he’s primarily worked for DC and its various imprints for much of his career.

      Wonder Woman artist Cliff Chiang also makes an appearance at Marvel in March, with a variant cover to Ant-Man #3. The acclaimed artist is known virtually exclusive for his DC work, going back to even being a Vertigo editor for a time, but with the conclusion of his and Brian Azzarello’s Wonder Woman Chiang has been seen contributing covers across different publisher– and now for Marvel. There’s no word yet on what Chiang’s next major project is – it could be creator-owned, it could be more DC, it could be Marvel – or heck, it could be something else."

      See, this is always going on. What DE could do is get a couple of really good artists that are floating around ... and have a top selling PSP book. Why not??
      Last edited by Magno; 12-21-2014, 04:40 PM.

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      • This might interest you PSP fans:
        http://www.previewsworld.com/Home/1/...emID=JAN151250

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        • Well, there it is.

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          BLACKCROSS #1 (OF 6)

          W) Warren Ellis (A) Colton Worley (CA) Jae Lee

          All small towns have secrets. All small towns have ghosts. Blackcross, in the Pacific North West of America, has more secrets than most. And it is being haunted by something impossible. BLACKCROSS, a supernatural extension of the PROJECT SUPERPOWERS mythos, is a ghost story about something reaching out from the other side of the night, through the forest and mist of this remote town, to grasp at the hearts of a handful of people who may not find out that they're the targets of a strange killer until it's much, much too late.

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          • Finally.

            The blurb suggests a continuation of the previous stories, but that wasn't the sense I had from previous comments by DE. We shall where the new relaity lies in a few months.

            Thanks for that rasx.

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            • Wow.!! Finally, indeed. Looks great to see The Black Terror on the cover.
              Something to really look forward to. So, in March we'll get a look at this new take on Project Superpowers.
              Great by me. (I've whined long enough.)
              The cover looks great...I'm hopeful. Sounds like they are a few issues ahead so that maybe there won't be a problem with ...well, you know.
              Good news all around.


              Originally posted by pulphero View Post
              Well, there it is.

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              BLACKCROSS #1 (OF 6)

              W) Warren Ellis (A) Colton Worley (CA) Jae Lee

              All small towns have secrets. All small towns have ghosts. Blackcross, in the Pacific North West of America, has more secrets than most. And it is being haunted by something impossible. BLACKCROSS, a supernatural extension of the PROJECT SUPERPOWERS mythos, is a ghost story about something reaching out from the other side of the night, through the forest and mist of this remote town, to grasp at the hearts of a handful of people who may not find out that they're the targets of a strange killer until it's much, much too late.
              Man, at last. And to see the BLACK TERROR on the cover excites more than I can say.
              March can't get here fast enough. I really hope this is the point at which DE turns dramatically, and we get to see these GOLDEN AGE heroes begin to return to this title.

              Hopes are high!!
              Thanks, Pulp!!
              (thought that picture would show up, again, on this thread. Guess not.)
              What do we all think of the picture on the cover.??

              From the Norm Breyfogle site: ((Norm Breyfogle has had a stroke and they would like support from the comic book community.)
              I don't know why he doesn't have insurance. Maybe it's because, like a lot of these professionals from the 80s and 90s, as Jerry Ordway and others have said, he's not getting enough work from DC and Marvel. I know I haven't seen a lot of work from Breyfogle lately at DC, or from Marz, Ordway,Ostrander and a lot of other past writers and artists I enjoyed so much. I don't understand that. All I can conclude is that ageism is alive and well in the comics publishing industry (barring a few survivors like Levitz, Jurgens, Giffen, and Dematteis at DC). I think it's such a shame. These guys proved themselves to DC and gave it some of its greatest stories. All of them are certainly capable of doing more great work.

              Whatever the case, I hope Norm Breyfogle fully recovers and I wish him the best.

              Yes, there certainly should be support for Norm Breyfogle and ....

              Wonder if Dynamite could use a couple of experienced artists.? One at least: Ordway. Experienced writers couldn't hurt, either. Especially if they could think of ways to bring back the PSP heroes.

              P.S. Wonder who the guy is that pours gas on himself, sets his body on fire and wades into the stream??
              (Page 322 of PREVIEWS [Jan. '15])

              Does it bother anyone besides me that BLACK TERROR appears on only one of the several covers being offered.??

              A Review:
              Project Superpowers: Blackcross #1
              Written by Warren Ellis
              Art by Colton Worley and Morgan Hickman
              Lettering by Simon Bowland
              Published by Dynamite Entertainment
              Review by David Pepose
              'Rama Rating: 3 out of 10

              Sometimes you have the right characters in the wrong story. Sometimes, you have the right story, but the wrong creators. And when it comes to Dynamite's upcoming Project Superpowers spinoff, Blackcross, I think a convincing argument could be made for either theory. There's something strange and dissonant about Warren Ellis's supernatural superhero thriller, and while this series may very well improve in time, this first issue may be difficult for all but Dynamite die-hards to get into.

              To his credit, Warren Ellis and artist Colton Worley certainly know how to pace a comic, and Blackcross' opening scene is haunting with its sparseness, as a man is induced to douse himself in gasoline and light a flare. It's a great hook into this series, and this burning man wading into secluded waters is a potent image, one that's filled with potential. But unfortunately, that potential is short-lived, as we discover the series' weird chimera of a high concept: namely, a supernatural thriller featuring Dynamite's superhero catalog.


              By virtue of their amazing gifts, superheroes don't always fit into the all-too-vulnerable tropes of horror, but what hampers Ellis most is the same thing that's hampered much of Dynamite's other superhero fare - namely, if you're not already in the know, none of this is going to mean anything to you. Ellis may win some cool points with an American flag carved into a corpse - "The American Spirit," in case you weren't sure which superhero this was supposed to represent - or "Rob Fenton" having night terrors before he assumes the role of the Black Terror, but ultimately, it's a bunch of winking and nodding without any context to help a reader out. I want to read a comic - if I need to use Wikipedia to make heads or tails of it, I'll move on to something else.

              Still, even with an unwieldy concept and some even more unwieldy characters to work with, Ellis and Worley put up a good fight in terms of the execution. A scene featuring alcoholic medium Lady Satan is the most accessible and beautiful sequence of the bunch, as Worley gives her some ghostly hallucinations that almost remind me a bit of Francesco Francavilla's pulpy style. "They buried us in Blackcross," a ghostly Green Lama intones. But ultimately, it's still too little, too late - Ellis knows this story needs room to breathe, but that means he doesn't tell nearly enough to let readers know what they heck they're getting themselves into. You've only got one shot to hook readers, and I'm not sure even Warren Ellis's name will pull readers back in for more.

              Many readers can criticize Marvel and DC for inaccessible storylines - and oftentimes, they're not wrong. The difference between the Big Two and Dynamite is that there's almost a cultural osmosis when it comes to Spider-Man, the Avengers or the Justice League, as generations have been bombarded with TV shows, movies, video games and merchandise to hammer home their characters' existence, if not their high concepts and status quo. Dynamite's Project Superheroes lineup doesn't have that luxury, and with a big name like Warren Ellis to draw in new readers, they owe it to customers - and themselves - to make their characters as easy-to-follow as possible. This comic may have its haunting moments, but the thing that should haunt Dynamite the most is how much better this comic should have been.
              Last edited by Magno; 01-21-2015, 01:27 PM.

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              • New interview. Still hard (for me, anyway) to tell if it's a reboot or not from this.

                http://www.newsarama.com/23348-ellis...lp-heroes.html

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                • Originally posted by ChastMastr View Post
                  New interview. Still hard (for me, anyway) to tell if it's a reboot or not from this.

                  http://www.newsarama.com/23348-ellis...lp-heroes.html
                  Nor can I. We still do see our heroes in the interior art...
                  ... they are "hidden" in the trees. Spooky.
                  http://www.comicvine.com/articles/ex...s/1100-151117/
                  Last edited by Magno; 02-09-2015, 11:05 PM.

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                  • The Bart Hill comment makes me suspect a reboot, hard or soft.

                    But yet they still want to use the name Project Superpowers has as a selling point. So basically, I am not sure.
                    Last edited by leonmallett; 01-30-2015, 02:19 PM.

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                    • Blackcross #1

                      Originally posted by leonmallett View Post
                      The Bart Hill comment makes me suspect a reboot, hard or soft.

                      But yet they still want to use the name Project Superpowers has as a selling point. So basically, I am not sure.
                      Bart Hill makes me HOPE for a 'solid' reboot.
                      I like the story so far.... Because our heroes might 'reboot' into the story. Heck, I got a little excited in the first panel when we see LAKE NEDOR.!!
                      And when Bart Hill introduces himself...
                      the mentioning of 'American Spirit'.
                      The name 'Lady Satan' on the medium's door.
                      Eerie image of The Black Terror.
                      'Rob' looking at his phone....
                      Bob Steward's alter-ego...
                      The Pharmacy ....
                      ...so, I'm hopeful that this story lays the ground work... an eerie laying....of the return of the Nedor heroes.
                      Will it be what I hoped.?? Still not sure.

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                      • Originally posted by Magno View Post
                        . . . A Review:
                        Project Superpowers: Blackcross #1
                        Written by Warren Ellis
                        Art by Colton Worley and Morgan Hickman
                        Lettering by Simon Bowland
                        Published by Dynamite Entertainment
                        Review by David Pepose
                        'Rama Rating: 3 out of 10

                        Sometimes you have the right characters in the wrong story. Sometimes, you have the right story, but the wrong creators. And when it comes to Dynamite's upcoming Project Superpowers spinoff, Blackcross, I think a convincing argument could be made for either theory. There's something strange and dissonant about Warren Ellis's supernatural superhero thriller, and while this series may very well improve in time, this first issue may be difficult for all but Dynamite die-hards to get into. . . .
                        In hindsight, I think it might have been easier for non-PSP fans to get into this series. If people are still wondering if / how / why this has any remote connection to the PSP stuff that came before, or if this will definitely be the future direction of the PSP franchise, it just becomes a truly muddled mess.

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