Comic Book Resources - CBR News: Warner talks Dynamics of “The New Dynamix”:
Where have all the super-powered beings gone in the Wildstorm Universe?

That’s the question writer Allen Warner (“Ninja Boy”) answers in the upcoming five-issue miniseries “The New Dynamix.” Warner told CBR News the book will serve not only as a class reunion of sorts for many of Wildstorm’s classic super-powered beings (or SPBs), but will also lead directly into Armageddon, the universe’s forthcoming post-apocalyptic event recently revealed in the six-part miniseries aptly named, “Armageddon.” [...]

Now, wait. Wildstorm is about to have another Armageddon crossover? Two wasn't enough? And they're going to have a bridge series between the previous Wildstorm universe-wide crossover, the current linewide crossover, and what's apparently going to be a second crossover series about Armageddon? Really?

...“Second, ‘Armageddon’ will drastically change the dynamics of the Wildstorm landscape, and the everyday existence of the human and superhuman population. This series drops clues to the upcoming catastrophe and what led up to it, eventually revealing the nefarious force behind it, and why these characters, both hero and villain, play a key role in the master plan.”...

So apparently "Revelations" is going to reveal ... nothing useful, in fact. Because there's another Armageddon to come. Right.

...Warner confirmed “The New Dynamix” does not tie-in with any other current Wildstorm titles or fuse with the upcoming DC/Wildstorm crossover event created by Keith Giffen....

...Another crossover. DC will have sent Wildstorm through four consecutive crossovers, and the main DC universe through three in four years. Eesh. (This doesn't even count the Countdown miniserieses that have briefly wandered through Wildstorm.) You'd think they'd give the crossovers pause so that the regular titles could settle, and people could get reacquainted with their series. Oddly enough, the Armageddon/Revelations/Armageddon crossovers seem to have nothing whatsoever to do with the main series titles; they've either kept rolling along (mainly Midnighter and Gen13) or they've ceased for the time being to let the crossover play out. I can't imagine that's a good business plan for any of the series; people will simply get used to not looking for them, and all of them were plagued with declining readership anyway.

In an interview elsewhere, Wildstorm's senior editor Ben Abernathy confirms that the currently hiatused/cancelled titles will be back. He also bemoans the fact that Wildstorm does many different things and has no way to cue readers in to what's going on. The baffling thing about that is that Wildstorm had, very briefly, exactly that. At one point, there were three brands using the Ws logo: Wildstorm, Wildstorm Signature, and Wildstorm Universe. The latter was exactly what it said, Wildstorm Signature appeared to be the creator-owned chunk (Astro City and a few other things used to live there), and Wildstorm was what was leftover. The logos for each section were different, and the only downside was that you actually had to pay attention to the logos to see which one it was, but nonetheless, useful information was conveyed. Then DC decided, before/during/after the "Worldstorm" event that pretty much killed Wildstorm Universe, to merge all the labels into just Wildstorm, thus producing the current confusion.

Ian: A number of readers have noticed that a lot of the current Worldstorm titles are no longer being solicited in Previews like Stormwatch, Wetworks, Tranquility, and Deathblow. Are these projects officially on hiatus? Are there plans in the works to continue any of these properties?

Ben: Yep, there's plans to continue all the books listed above, in one capacity or another (and that’s just the tip of the iceberg). I know Christos has hinted at a new StormWatch book on-line as has Gail about more Tranquility and I can confirm that both of those “rumors” are true....

I really wish Wildstorm editorial and writers would stop crossing over and hinting and rumor-mongering and just flat come out and say what the hell is going on. I realize they want to wait for the crossovers to play out, but honestly, I could give a rat's ass about the crossovers. Granted, I'm in an unfortunately small number of people caring about Tranquility, and an only slightly larger number caring about Gen13. Given the declining readership across Wildstorm Universe, I would imagine that there are a fair number of others who also don't care about the crossovers. Seriously, if I wanted to read Midnighter or Stormwatch I'd read it.

Ah, well. In theory, someday, Wildstorm's crossover mania will be done. Just in time for DC editorial to panic about the fact that the last 75 crossovers apparently dropped Wildstorm's readership to three guys in Boise, and to decide that they need to do another crossover to make sure that those three guys don't go anywhere.

And all that said ... if New Dynamix somehow manages to bring back DV8 as a regular title or mini, that would be kind of fun. (...What? What?)
Welcome to Tranquility 10-11 (Gail Simone/Neil Googe; Wildstorm Universe):
...OK, I will admit that the end to issue 10 took me completely by surprise; I would not for even a second have expected them to go there. Issue 11, I'm sort of "meh" on. Partly, I just wish this goddamn zombie plot would be DONE. I hate zombies. I am one with the hate of zombiekind. But I can deal with the plague of zombies in this title, because I love it with the fiery passion of a thousand suns. On the other hand, not entirely loving Thomasina's characterization in issue 11; it really does seem like her reaction to discovering what became of her grandfather was ... off, a bit. Granted, I understand her feeling that the information was sort of irrelevant, and that she just wants to know what she needs to defeat the zombie plague. Still, given that the information about what happened to him wasn't coming directly from him, but from someone else she trusts, it really does seem like she should have given it at least a little more credence.

Something of a sidenote --I ran across the following at Occasional Superheroine's weblog:
Anti-Semitic Comment In "Countdown" #32?...right off that bat, if you want to make comparisons between different characters in your comic and you put the Old & New Testaments in there, you're already sort of in the danger zone in terms of offending someone. If the symbolism was indeed there in this "Countdown" story that evil Eclipso = Old Testament and Good Spectre = New Testament, then you've got some problems. [...] It's verrrrry complicated. We tended not to use overt religious stuff in our books at DC. This is why.

Tranquility has now gotten rather explicitly religious, probably as part of the lead in to Armageddon/Revelations.

DC's Countdown is headed to Final Crisis by way of a miniseries called "Salvation Run".

The entire Wildstorm superhero universe is headed to its own final crisis via the paired, title-abolishing miniseres "Armageddon" and "Revelations".

I think DC may have decided that they really don't care about offending people's religious principles any more. I'm not saying that's bad, necessarily; it's certainly unexpected.

As far as can be told from solicitation copy, Welcome to Tranquility may have been stealth-cancelled, without official notice in Previews; on the other hand, they may be delaying it to figure out what to do with it once Simone takes over Wonder Woman. One can hope anyway. I do think the title has been rather spectacularly mishandled ... but more about that elsewhere, elsewhen, belike.

Umbrella Academy Apocalypse Suite 1-2 of 6 (Gerard Way/Gabriel Ba; Dark Horse)
I had what turned out to be an odd advantage coming to this title. I'd never heard of Gerard Way, never really paid attention to My Chemical Romance, so I didn't come to it with any particular preconceptions about whether or not he could write, as others seem to. And that turned out to be a good thing, because this is definitely a fun read.

On the same day, dozens of mutant children are born in an instant to women around the world, many of whom hadn't actually been pregnant until that moment. Professor Hargreaves adopts as many of these infants as he can find, eventually winding up with seven children to raise. It becomes fairly clear that Hargreaves is a rather dreadful father; mostly he wants to use them to demostrate his scientific principles regarding their superpowers. Then we jump 10 years into the future, where the kids are fighting the renegade Eiffel Tower. (No, really. Renegade Eiffel Tower, rampaging through Paris.) Then we jump forward another 20 years, where the group is gathering to find out if it's true that their father is dead. Issue 2 takes up from where issue 1 leaves off, with everyone gathering for the funeral. It's clear that there was some sort of dramatic break between the children and with their father; they can scarcely stand the sight of one another. Their mother, or rather, Professor Hargreaves' wife -- she at least seems to have been married to him -- she's very ... well. She's quite unusual, let's put it that way. And, of course, it turns out that she'd been estranged from the professor as well. And the seventh child, Vanya, whom the professor thought untalented turns out to have a very subtle power; she was so profoundly alienated, however, that she didn't even return for the funeral.

Ba's art is absolutely perfect for this series. I honestly can't imagine that anyone else would do better or be more appropriate for a story that's simultaneously this loopy and this serious. It wouldn't work with a more realistic style -- the characters would look utterly absurd drawn in a more realistic way. His art brings out the humor in the characters without making them ridiculous.

It's really a lot of fun. Highly recommended.

Atomic Robo #1 (Brian Clevinger/Scott Wegener; Red 5 Comics)
Big Robot with odd sense of humor going up against Nazis. What's not to like? Seriously, it's just good pulpy fun. The art is dynamic and colorful and matches the story well. Recommended for people who like fight comix fun (and you do have to like the fight comix, since it's basically an issue length fight).

Manhunter: Origins (Andreyko/Pina/Blanco; DC)
I would like to make a suggestion to the big companies. Whenever you have one of those mondo-crossover events, and you decide to compile an individual title's issues, if the character has been off doing something in another title, please insert two or three pages summarizing what they were doing, maybe with a frame or two from the other titles. "Manhunter: Origins" is sharply discontinuous in one section; they don't even put in a note saying, "To see what Kate was doing, you need to read 52 or Crise du Jour" or whatever title it was she was doing ... whatever she was doing. In any event, apart from that, it's an interesting read.

This volume takes its title from its bookend stories. The first concerns the origins of the Manhunter uniform and weapons; the last the origins of Kate herself. The latter story is, understandably, much more interesting.

It's very strange to have one of the DC universe's heroes who really has very few qualms about killing off the villains. Moreover, the other DC universe superheroes she comes in contact with don't necessarily seem to mind all that much. You do wonder, though, why it is that she seems to be able to do this almost without personal consequence. Most people would find it more difficult to kill than she seems to, even knowing what those people have done. Another oddness; almost everyone on the planet seems to know that Kate Spencer is Manhunter,including the odd villain, yet nobody seems to be telling. And even so, her loved ones wind up in harms way with surprising frequency.

Her supporting cast is great. Chase and Dylan have their ... whatever it is they're doing, in which Dylan is mostly amused and grateful, and Chase is terribly confused. Damon and Todd continue their relationship, and to the best of my knowledge, nobody's dead or creatively mangled as yet. And it's fun to watch Kate squirm when she gets forced to defend one of those villains in court. All in all, highly recommended. Someday, volume 4 will come out. And, in theory, someday there will be more issues of Mahnunter, which DC says is being stockpiled so that it can have a more continuous printing schedule. (One wonders why they don't do that with their other titles.)

Ah, well. We can dream, can't we?
Midnighter: Armageddon (Christos Gage/Simon Coleby; Wildstorm)
Welcome to Tranquility: Armageddon (Christos Gage/Neil Googe; Wildstorm)

Armageddon is really not the best hook on which to hang a crossover. Although, it has to be said, if you're going to at least try to make a really big change, then ending the world should count.

The base concept of "Wildstorm: Armageddon" is very simple. Void comes to selected heroes, takes them into the future to see a particular aspect of a perfectly dreadful future, then they revert to the past. Lather, rinse, repeat. SIX TIMES. Thing is, in the first issue of each title, judging from the two that we've had to date, you have essentially an issue-long fight in which nothing happens. The heroes find out the outlines of their particular aspect of the crisis, which is the only thing of import that takes place, and then Void takes them back to their proper time. Oh, that, and the Rapture.

Yes, THE Rapture.

But let us consider each of these stories to date in turn. In Midnighter: Armageddon, our favorite black-clad murderous gayboy pseudo-dictator discovers that he needs to prevent the Carrier from crashing into London. This happens because Some Unknown Catastrophic Event happens and somehow, containment on the Carrier's primary power source is breeched, and it has to be taken out by Jenny Quantum before it destroys the universe. Unpowered, the Carrier crashes into London and pretty much takes it out. (Midnighter: Armageddon contains a paraphrase of Dirty Dancing. No, really. No ... REALLY. "Nobody puts Swift into a corner.") Metahumans/posthumans are attacking each other worldwide to ... well, it's not at all clear why. Because they can, apparently; most seem to have gone completely mad. The few regular humans left are getting slaughtered. In Welcome to Tranquility: Armageddon, Maximum Man, having rediscovered his word of power, has been using it to become magically heroic, youthful and slutty. Void takes him into the future, where he discovers that Tranquility itself is intact, thanks to some magic, but the world around it is being destroyed. Moreover, the magic that protected Tranquility eventually failed, so renegade superheroes attacked -- including, peculiarly, Soviet superheroes trying to take Tranquility's resources for the proletariat. An allegedly religious superhero asks Maximum Man to do nothing to stop what's happening, because clearly this is the end of days, and allowing billions of people to be killed by Armageddon and rampaging superheroes is God's will. Maximum Man gets sent back to the future, transforms back into his 84-year-old, Alzeimer's inflicted alter ego, and promptly forgets what he was sent back to do. Here's the odd part: in Midnighter's case, he goes back, tells everyone about what he's seen -- but that's exactly what he did before; the future Apollo remembers Midnighter telling them about this. In Tranquility's case, it's not at all clear what Maximum Man could possibly do, even if he remembered. (There's the interesting side issue that they started the crossover event before concluding the regular Tranquility arc that it leads out of. At least one character we saw seemingly being killed at the end of the last issue is hale and hearty, and the town looks surprisingly undestroyed in the pre-Armageddon segment, so it looks like there's going to be some mystical mumbo-jumbo and rebooting in the next regular issue.)

I suspect Void herself is going to be A Clew of some sort. In Tranquility's Armageddon, she's silvery and strong and confident; in Midnighter's Armageddon, she's pink and weak and can't hang on for long. Gage himself has hinted, on the DC bulletin boards, that Void is being limited in what she can do and say by some other person. It's also clear that whatever "The Rapture" is, (1) it's NOT actually The Rapture, and (2) stopping it will probably fix most of whatever's going on, or at least will defuse the intense religious opposition. (There are many demonstrably good people left behind who apparently feel that things should be allowed to proceed.)

The problem is, as set up, you're going to essentially get the same story six times. Instead of doing one interlocking set of stories, 52-style, they separated the threads and made it repeat. There will be six stories in which, basically, nothing whatsoever happens, in which nothing whatsoever can happen. Moreover, because the "Revelations" set is going to have to deal with the beginnings of crises and preventing them, there's going to be a certain amount of recap anyway. The Armageddon set may wind up being entirely unneccessary to understanding what happens -- except, I think, maybe for Tranquility. It's looking very much as if there's going to be only one of these six Armageddon stories that's important -- whichever one deals directly with The Rapture and the triggering event. I also vaguely suspect that Maximum Man may fail to remember in time, but with everyone else remembering and preventing ... whatever it is they're supposed to prevent, what will happen is that Tranquility goes through with its self preservation plan, which removes it from its universe.

Weird thing is, the stories actually aren't badly written at all. Viewed in isolation, neither of them would necessarily be a bad start to a story arc. Viewed together, the idea that you're going to get six different takes on something where nothing happens in any of the stories is just a bit odd. Sort of Rashomon-like, yes, but in each of the different versions of the story in Rashomon, something happened; that was the entire point, the dispute over what happened.

And apart from all that, there's the religious issue. I'm not a vaguely religious person, and somehow, I think I'd hesitate to not only have a series in which The Rapture is being faked, but two of the people preventing The Rapture are your big gay murderous pseudodictator and your big straight Alzheimer's inflicted slutty superhero. It's just ... it seems almost specifically designed for people to take offense, you know? Not designed to offend, but desperately easy to misinterpret. Then again, I suppose most of the people likely to be really offended already think that comics are improper entertainment, and don't read nonreligious comics anyway.

As far as the future of Welcome to Tranquility is concerned -- nothing has been solicited for the title beyond next week's issue 12 -- on the DC/Wildstorm boards back in October, Gail Simone was bluntly stating that Tranquility was not going away. Armageddon/Revelations may be the means of detaching it from Wildstorm Universe -- whether it stays in DC/Wildstorm or not. After all, if the town is in another universe, then Simone has the freedom to do more with it. That said, she kept saying that she'd have news to report "next week" and then again after she coordinated something with Newsarama, but that was a month ago. I hope nothing's changed since then. I do wonder what's going to become of the series if it continues. I really really REALLY liked that first story arc, and I wasn't as fond of the second, but then, that's because I'm not terribly fond of zombie stories generally. What I like most is that Thomasina is really a perfectly ordinary person. A black woman, no superpowers, and yet she manages to somehow be the hero that Tranquility needs. (Simone also asked people who their favorite character was. Have to admit, it seems like an odd question for that series. Aside from Thomasina -- who actually is my favorite character -- nobody has gotten a whole hell of a lot of time to develop. The character who got the most page time in the first arc, aside from Thomasina, is dead. Several others seem to be dying in the second arc's zombie plague/demon attack. Aside from Thomasina and her sister, Maximum Man, Pink Bunny and one or two others, I'm not at all sure who's left to like.)(Also, I would like to say that DC missed an opportunity. There was one issue that did a section from Thomasina's past, when she and her sister were young teenagers, called "The Fabulous Lindo Sisters", and I kept thinking that it would have made a really great Minx title, or else a Jonny DC title. A series about growing up normal in a town not only full of superhero teens and adults, but famous superheroes? Using Minx to actually create a superhero series specifically aimed at girls and young women, after the justified slagging the big companies take for ignoring female fans? That could have been SO cool... but I digress from my digression's digression.)

It's going to be interesting to see how this comes out. But I do think I'll let the rest of the Armageddon set go, and wait for the "Revelations" set. I may even look at Midnighter:Revelations, just for the hell of it. (...well, what can I say? there's sometimes a certain appeal to big, gay, spandex-clad murderous pseudodicatators with a penchant for kicking people's heads off.)
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( Aug. 16th, 2007 04:06 pm)
Did you ever run across something, and you're not sure quite what it means? It seems like there's a lesson to be learned, but it's not clear whether the lesson is We Can Do This Better, or if it was Pointlessly Banging Our Heads Against The Wall Is Fun!

"Wildstorm: Armageddon" and "Wildstorm: Revelations" fall into that unclear category.

Comic Book Resources - CBR News: WWC: Wildstorm Panel gets Scary with "Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash":
...The previously announced "Armageddon" series was mentioned, which will sweep through six different one-shot comics. "Midnighter: Armageddon," "Tranquility: Armageddon," "Wetworks: Armageddon," "Gen 13: Armageddon," "Stormwatch PHD: Armageddon" and "Wildcats: Armageddon" are the six titles. The books are all written by Chris Gage, with cover art by Mike McCone. The respective regular series will not be interrupted.

"I've read five of the first six scripts," WildStorm Editor Scott Peterson said. "If it's not the best thing that Chris Gage has ever written, then it's as good as his best ever."

The Armageddon series starts off with Void appearing to Midnighter, telling him he has to come with her, and that she can't explain anything further. Suddenly they're in the middle of London and it's completely destroyed. It's the near future. Void tells Midnighter that he has to stop this, and then she disappears. The six issues will ship every other week....

Now, it's undeniable that DC's "52" actually worked more or less the way DC wanted; I would argue, however, that it's entirely unclear why it worked, given what happened after. It's also undeniable that "Countdown" is not working the way they wanted; sales started lower, and are declining precipitously across the board, because they've foolishly tied every single title into Countdown, so if Countdown slides, it takes everyone with it. It's also undeniable that the reboot of the Wildstorm universe failed miserably -- in part, I suspect, because of the odd mix of complete reboot (Gen 13, with new origin stories and brought forward 20 years) mixed with soft reboot (by way of recasting, Wetworks and Stormwatch PHD) and reboot in name only (Authority) along with oddball new titles (Midnighter, Grifter and Midnighter, Welcome to Tranquility) managed to confuse readers both new and old as to how it all fit together. Having almost destroyed Wildstorm Universe's sales with the reboot, and mauling the main DC Universe's sales with massive line-wide crossovers where figuring out who is doing what, where, and when and how (or if) it all fits together is almost impossible, they seem to have decided to combine either the best or worst of all worlds with a combination universe reboot/crossover/crossover-reboot-to-follow.

On the upside: lesson at least partially learned, because it's short; Wildstorm: Armageddon constitutes six issues over six titles in 12 weeks, and Wildstorm: Revelations (the crossover-reboot-to-follow) is apparently going to be another six titles over 12 weeks, following directly after.

On the possible downside: lesson maybe partially unlearned; is the idea that you'll need to read all six titles to understand what happens in any given title? Because I'll tell you right now, I have just about ZERO interest in reading Midnighter:Armageddon or Wetworks:Armageddon or anything in Wildstorm Universe except MAYBE Tranquility:Armageddon (strange title, that). And if I have to read both Armageddon and Revelations to understand what's happening in the main Welcome to Tranquility title, I may be a bit peeved. And if I have to read ALL of Armageddon and Revelations to understand what's happening in the main Welcome to Tranquility title ... well, that's just not happening.

(Purely a side note: they've just finished having Midnighter yanked around the past against his will in his own title, and now it's happening to him again across all the title? He gets ganked into the future and the past to fix things before they happen? What is he, Wildstorm's equivalent of a time lord in extremely form fitting spandex?)

Also, given the metaseries titles and allusions, I'm assuming that terribly terribly Biblical things will be happening. But Batman kills The Beast in Batman 666! How can Armageddon possibly come about? Does that mean that there's more than one Antichrist? Does that mean that there's more than one Heavenly Host? How can that all possibly work? And what about Naomi?

(EDIT: The cover of Tranquility:Armageddon can be seen on the site. Apparently, it's not just Midnighter getting yanked around; it's superheroes in all of the titles, which makes a bit more sense in terms of reader loyalty. The team on the cover of Tranquility:Armageddon is ... wildly improbable, let's say. Several people from different points in Tranquility's timeline. I must admit, I am curious to see how they manage that one.)
Speaking to retailers this evening at the Comics Pro Membership Meeting in Las Vegas, DC’s VP – Sales Bob Wayne made the announcement: beginning with issue #13, and going on for the foreseeable future, Gail Simone will write the Wonder Woman series. The news comes with a bit of surprise still attached to it, as clues to Simone’s new writing assignment seemingly began to fall into place last week, when it was announced that she would be leaving Birds of Prey, replaced by Sean McKeever.

[...] NRAMA: You're a busy person given your work, and on top of that, as was made clear last week, you had to give up Birds of Prey, which you loved like tweens love MySpace in order to take this on. What made you do it?

GS: Yeah, as recently as a few months ago, giving up Birds of Prey was simply inconceivable. I still feel I’m not completely done with those characters, as I just adore them. But Birds of Prey was a successful book before I came aboard and it will continue to be after I left. It’s going to sound silly, but look at whose hands I’m leaving the book in, Sean McKeever and Nicola Scott. That is a killer combination.

The thing is, after it really hit me that I was being offered Wonder Woman, I knew I’d have to leave a book, because I’m not doing Diana’s stories in my spare time. This is getting everything I have. It can’t be just another assignment. It has to be damn near a mission...

Well, I know many people who will be doing an interpretive czardas of great and wondrous joy. (If you can do a czardas of great and wondrous joy, anyway.) Wonder Woman seems to have been badly misused since the relaunch -- effectively, Simone's stint will provide another relaunch, in only issue 13.

What I'm curious about is if the Wonder Woman mission means that Welcome to Tranquility might be officially dead after issue 6. I know that issue 7 has been solicited for June or July; I also know that sales for Tranquility have not been the best, although I don' t know what DC/Wildstorm's expectations for the title were. I hope she's able to continue the title, because it's really pretty good, and worth the read. It's nice to see a black woman as a lead character, especially since she's sort of an ordinary woman within the context of that town. She doesn't seem to have any super powers -- none she uses or that we've seen, anyway -- yet most of the people respect her authority, and most seem to like her.
This sounds so very very cool!

....Welcome to Tranquility, a planned community where super-heroes can retire in peace, without being hounded by enemies and fans. But don’t let Tranquility’s sedate surface fool you. Because when a series of murders is committed, a conspiracy is exposed that may endanger the lives of everyone who lives there. Kicking off in December, Tranquility is a new, monthly series written by Gail Simone and illustrated by Neil Googe.

GAIL SIMONE: ... for the most part, superheroes either die, or get frozen in ice, or are artificially young. They don’t really get old, in the creaky, sometimes uncomfortable, often diminished way that regular people do. So the idea of a town where we’d get to show that phase of their life just seemed really appealing. [...] The story has a huge mystery, and Tranquility itself is very much a small town. It’s deliberately been built and designed to reflect a happier time for these superbeings, and both heroes and reformed villains are welcome. Most of the story is told through the eyes of the female sheriff, Thomasina Lindo, who’s sort of a no-nonsense woman who has grown up with these people and goes out of her way to protect them.

Beyond that, a lot of the retired heroes and villains have children and grandchildren, so the town has a few superpowered vandals and shredders, as well. [...] But of course, it’s a town with a secret. So there’s a bit of Twin Peaks in there, along with the Opie and Aunt Bea.

NRAMA: And then…a murder?

GS: There’s a murder, and there are some secrets. This is absolutely the most intricate mystery story I’ve ever written. If you dug Villains United, there’s a lot of twists and turns like that book had, and lots of saucy violent wrongness, thank goodness.

As I said, the main character is a smart, tough, pretty African-American Sheriff, whose grandfather was the first public black superhero. She adores these people and recognizes them for the heroes they (mostly) are. In return, they adore her, as well.

The normally publicity shy town allows a network reporter to do a story on Tranquility, to show it in the best possible light, and things go wrong from the minute the cameras start to roll, starting with a plane crash and leading up to an unexpected death.

The sheriff’s in over her head, and there are forces who don’t want her to find the truth. It’s fun stuff....

And [ profile] thete1, I think, liked Simone's work on Birds of Prey, so hopefully she's good with the twisty storytelling. (You'd kind of have to be to be at all reasonably successful in the Bat stories, wouldn't you?)

I want this. NOW.

(..."first public black superhero." Huh.)


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