Writer Notes: Uber 9

As issue 10 must be inching closer to release, let’s have a nose at issue 9. Spoilers, obv.
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Iron Man 22 Out

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Yes, late in the day for this, but if shops are still open where you are, you can buy IRON MAN 22 today, which is the conclusion of IRON METROPOLITAN. Fights! Denouements! Surprise Villains! New Armour! Stuff! And if shops aren’t open where you are, you can go tomorrow and/or buy it digitally.

Preview here.

Comics Out: THREE #5 and ORIGIN II # 3

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And we bring THREE to its conclusion in an oversized issue. More essay, more stuff, more things. Also, stabbing and monologues.

You can buy the whole series digitally here and there’s a preview here.

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Meanwhile, we’re half way through Origin II and we get in home with our Alan Moore and go all 9 panel grid.

You can buy it digitally here and Preview here.

The Wicked & The Divine Update

Covers for the first issue…

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A new interview is over here.

And a release? June.

And colourist? MATT WILSON.

We’re sort of gearing up for the reveal of more about the book, including our snazzy bespoke advert. Which is basically four or five excitements, on a scale of one to four excitements.

If you’re wondering about my blogging tactics for this, I’m doing a lot more blogging over on my tumblr, but I’m mainly keeping the workblog as a “this is only the absolute most important stuff.” This normally means keeping it on top for a day.

Out Today: Iron Man Annual and the Complete Journey Into Mystery Vol 1

Two things out today. One is the latest episode, the other the first half of probably the best thing I’ve ever done for Marvel.

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The Annual is thirty pages of comics which basically spins off a bunch of stuff from FATAL FRONTIER back into my Iron Man book. Just fun to get a chance to write SHOCKWORKER, really. Also, a straight ahead honest romance story.

Preview here, available on Comixology here.

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Journey Into Mystery was my fantasy novel in the Marvel Universe. 31 or so issues long. this collects the first half.

You’ll like this one.

DECOMPRESSED 026: ANTONY JOHNSTON ON THE FUSE #1

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This time I’m joined by Antony Johnston. Antony previously appeared in Decompressed 15, talking about THE COLDEST CITY. But that was in front of an audience at Game City, so we were on our best behaviour. This time we’re mumbling on Skype, as is a comic creators preferred form of communication. Except passive-aggression, obv. Anyway! Antony’s career as a writer is divided between his work in Games and Comic. In comics, until recently his signature work was the post-apocalyptic series WASTELAND. That may be changing, as he’s recently launched two new series via Image. The first, UMBRAL is an excellent Dark Fantasy book. The second, and the subject of today’s discussion is, THE FUSE, his book with Justin Greenwood, Shari Chankamma and Ed Brisson.

The Fuse is available to buy in your local comic shop, as well as digitally through comixology and direct from Image.

You can download the podcast from here. Its webpage RSS page is here. And you can find it on Itunes here.

Or you could use this handy little embed.

Study Aids

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Page 2
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Page 3, Panels 4 and 5
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Page 4 and 5
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Page 6 and 7
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Page 8
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Page 19, Panels 1 – 3
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THINGS MENTIONED?
One point perspective in Kubrick.
German Consultant to everyone in UK Comics and artist, Julia Scheele.
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Frank Ironwine

Our theme tune? Los Campesinos’ We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed.

Friday April 11th: THREE/Uber TPB Signing

A the title says. I’ll be at Forbidden Planet early Friday evening signing the released-that week THREE and UBER collections.

More details here.

On Sale: Iron Man 21

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One comic of mine drops this week, which is the penultimate issue of IRON METROPOLITAN. Herein we set the stage for epic conflict, do a little pop-science-journo-writing and generally have fun.

You can find the preview here. You can buy it from your local shop, or digitally here.

Also not by me, but relevant to those who followed my stuff, Al and Lee’s LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD launches. Give it a look. I think you’ll like it. (Digital here)

Oh – while we’re plugging comments, I did a quick rant about why you should take advantage of LUCIFER being on sale for 99c an issue.

DECOMPRESSED 025: THE YOUNG AVENGERS AFTERPARTY PANEL

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In picture, from top left, clockwise: Annie Wu, Kieron Gillen, Christian Ward, Matt Wilson, Jamie McKelvie, Joe Quinnones, Becky Cloonan, Ming Doyle, Tiny Emma Vieceli.

At this year’s always excellent Thought Bubble, an odd opportunity presented itself. Our final issues of Young Avengers were what’s oft referred to as “Jam Issues.” In other words, multiple artists telling a single story. By an odd quirk of fate, all the artists and most of the colourists were going to the same con. In other words, we could totally do a panel together about the experience.

And lo! There was a people’s revolutionary meeting gathering.

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Photo via Abigail Brady

There was one problem. The issues in question weren’t out yet, and we were incredibly sensitive over spoiling stuff. So as well as swearing everyone to secrecy, we were pretty obtuse in terms of what we did talk about. This makes this a quite hard one to follow without looking at the slides you’ll find below. You’ll see they were – er – often edited. If you have read the issue, it’ll probably be easier to flick through each artist’s section when they talk. If you don’t own it, it’s available digitally.

There’s another problem. This is recorded by my microphone in the middle of the room, and the sound is crapper than usual. I’m really not joking.

You can download the podcast from here. Its webpage RSS page is here. And you can find it on Itunes here.

Or you could use this handy little embed.

Study Aids
YOUNG AVENGERS AFTERPARTY SLIDES
(In a handy PDF format)
These slides were done the morning of the event. The program crashed three times, losing all the work. They’re not exactly masterworks, shall we say.

Our theme tune? Los Campesinos’ We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed.

Out Today: Uber #9 (And YA’s Second trade)

One issue actually hitting the shelves, and a few other things of note…

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Several covers for Uber, but let’s go with the especially lovely wrap-around one. Well, lovely for a certain value of lovely. Uber reaches The Second Battle Of Kursk, which is the largest enhanced human conflict yet seen. And what’s Maria up to, eh?

You can buy it digitally here.

Also, while IRON MAN 20 INH was out in the states last week, it reaches the UK this week. Its basically tying in to the whole INHUMANITY excitement that’s going on, while also forwarding the whole Mandarin plot. Preview here. Comixology here.. And if you’re looking for the cover, it’s this one.

I didn’t realise a certain little something came out last week in comic shops…
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The second Young Avengers trade! Pop into any local comic shop, and they should be able to get it for you. For a few mail orders, here’s PAGE 45 in Nottingham. Here’s Forbidden Planet’s. For the Americans, here’s Midtown Comics. Honestly, wherever you get your comic books should be able to get you a copy snappy.

If you’re willing to wait a few weeks and fear and loathe comics, you can get it from book retailers too. Here’s amazon’s handy pre-order.

It makes me smile that we’ve got the New Statesman quoted on the cover. Muhahaha.