Sep. 29th, 2018

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"When I called Alan Moore to help kick off this new story line in Maxx, to say I was nervous is putting it mildly. But I wanted the chance to work with him even more than I was intimidated. I asked him if he'd gotten the comics I sent, and he politely assured me he'd gotten through all 16 issues, and that he really enjoyed them. I was trying to think of what I could possibly do to get him to consent to do this one issue – beg/plead/manipulate – but he said, “Sure”. He said that a lot of issues of The Maxx are paralleling things he's interested in his own life right now. We talked about our interest in Aleister Crowley and the English tradition of ceremonial magick, Carlos Castaneda, spirit animals and Jung.
I told him my concern about being too specific in The Maxx, about how I wanted to let people read what they wanted to into it, instead of getting caught up in dogma. It's eerie to meet somebody who has so completely and thoroughly studied the same subjects and interests I have.
So, I said, trying to sound casual but curious as hell, “What happens? Who is Sara ten years from now?” There was a pause and I felt my blood run cold. In his deep voice, Alan said “Something has happened; something's gone wrong on the Outback. It's building, and may or may not be bad, sort of like the REM song, “It's the end ofthe world as we know it, and I fell fine.”
Then he mentioned a dream he had in which tiny dolls were eating the landscape, and I flashed on the exploding fairies I had envisioned in Sara's Outback. As the conversation came to a close, we both agreed that the future was gonna be a lot worse and uglier, both in the book and in the real world, but leaving me with an odd sense that, somehow, that's OK."

- Sam Kieth


Warning for Rape


from The Maxx #21 )
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They'd been ordered by Emperor Nero to find three Roman legions' lost standards.

At the docks, they were met by Rubria, chief of the Vestal Virgins, who gave Antonius a message for her old friend Rachel.

Their ship set sail.

Antonius' thoughts on the way over were occupied by more than his disobeying of Nero's orders to seek the lost eagles in Germany.

They arrived in Alexandria, taking in the streets.

They met the Living Pharaoh, Ramesses Twelve, who preached the smiting of the Roman invaders.

The people hailed him. )
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The theme of the performance of violence in culture versus actually real violence grows across the whole thing, juxtaposing these things which are more like pop-videos and dance-routines with things which are just murder. I know that “Hey – violence is bad” isn’t exactly a deep observation, but there’s a tension in this arc between these two elements and I think it may even be the core of its appeal. It’s aimed at the creators as much as anyone. What does this say about any of us?

Something a few people said after JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY finished was that while they loved it, it made them no longer want to read another Marvel comic ever again. I found myself thinking “Oh, yeah, that’s probably part of what I was trying to do on some level.” I suspect that some of those ambivalent feelings towards the dominant genre in the mainstream are in here, even as we show that we can do it (and this is self-congratulatory, but seems to be the general timbre of a lot of reviews) really fucking well. Yes, we can do this, but should we. “You wanted this – now we’ve given it to you: does that make you feel good?” is one of those WicDiv moves. Self-loathing is our jam.


-- Kieron Gillen

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Brian Michael Bendis is soon going to have the original Question, Vic Sage, appear in Action Comics. This is after many years of him being absent after Flashpoint (aside from the "cosmic" Question, a cosmic being with literally no name or face, and "Vic Sage," an in-name-only bureaucrat who almost took over for Amanda Waller). Nobody knows quite what this Post-Rebirth Question is going to be like, so I'd like to take the time to look at the first time the Question was reinvented: in 1987, when he got his own series written by Dennis O'Neil and drawn by Denys Cowan.

"What attracted me to the Question was that after working as an editor at DC for about six months after I’d left Marvel, someone–Dick?–suggested I get back to writing. Two characters were available, Captain Atom and The Question. I’m not comfortable working with demigod heroes–really SUPER guys–which the Captain certainly was. The Question, on the other hand, was very human in scale. To sweeten the gig, I was told I could do pretty much whatever I wanted with the series–in fact, Paul Levitz advised me to push the envelope and not try to be commercial."
-- Denny O'Neil

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'I was writing a scene just the other day, another Batman-being-sad scene, and I finished it and I was ready to turn it in and just read it and I was like “I don’t like this, it feels almost rote. I don’t want to write a traumatized hero right now, I want to write a badass hero.” I can feel that you want to grasp for the new, do something more interesting. Which is why doing Superman in these Walmart books is like a breath of fresh air.' - Tom King

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