So he’s reached a dead end for now with American superheroes for awhile, eh? We all knew that. Multiversity is great, but it’s been stuck in production for ages. (That’s cool that next year in 2016 there will be a Multiversity Too though!) Morrison’s turning up his nose at cataclysm. That’s all well and good, because while I love Marvel’s current Secret Wars and the long unfolding apocalypse of Hellboy,((This is a great article in its own right)) it would be nice to turn away from Big Endings for awhile. Then again, this is the man who wrote DC’s Final Crisis. Even Multiversity nicely fits into the storytelling trend he’s bored with. He’s had a significant hand in this long trend. This isn’t about Secret Wars and Hellboy, let alone his own work, anyway. This is about DC getting confused along the way and returning to the well of Infinite Crisis indefinitely.
Morrison never mentions Image, aside from Walking Dead indirectly. Image and the other indie publishers are already doing the comics Morrison wants to do with Heavy Metal. Superheroes are waning anyway. I’m certainly going to love what he comes up with, but he’s not leading the charge here. The Big Two are now the place where writers and artists go to build a name, then return to what they really want to do with a following. Indies aren’t the stepping stone, but the ultimate destination.
(Indian and Chinese culture appropriation, eh? I forgot I bought 18 Days in the flurry of other things.)
This is the part I’m most interested in:
Morrison will write some comics for Heavy Metal, but also wants to do a lot of editorial content—to his mind, the best era of the magazine was when it had William S. Burroughs writing for it, plus interviews with Douglas Adams, talks with scientists, reviews of underground comics, etc. He wants to bring back that editorial content and have a “clubhouse feeling,” like “here’s a place we can all go to.”
Who is the new Burroughs? Who is the new Adams? Which scientists?