Friday, December 09, 2005

Poor Bill Reed - Kurt Busiek and Jackson Guice on Aquaman

Bill Reed made a very attractive offer to DC Comics a few months ago, and if the creative team DC chose for the book was not up to snuff, Bill would be in a very good place to gripe.

Sadly for him, they chose Kurt Busiek....with art by Jackson Guice. Kinda hard to gripe there, no?

Just take a look at the sample art...

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So...yeah...Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis sounds interesting, and probably better than anyone would expect for Aquaman. I mean, Kurt Busiek AND Jackson Guice?

Tooo crazy.

Sorry, Bill!!

At least Tegan should have a cool book to read now, but it is not Orin/Arthur Curry!!!

Check it out...

10 Comments:

Blogger Bill Reed said...

*sobs*

Yes, I think it's kinda silly to finally make Aquaman an Arthurian fantasy like it was always meant to be, and yet get rid of Arthur at the same time... And the new guy looks just like him...

And I would've used King Shark too, dammit. But I also would've made it more light-hearted and wacky pop and stuff. Oh well.

I'm not much of a Busiek fan, as he's a bit too old-school for my tastes, but I'll at least check this out, I guess.

12/09/2005 11:46:00 AM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

"And the new guy looks just like him..."

THAT's the part that confuses me.

Unless, of course, this is Earth-2 Aquaman, or something like that.

Notice Busiek refers to the old Aquaman only as "Orin." Maybe THIS Aquaman is only Arthur Curry.

12/09/2005 12:07:00 PM  
Blogger MarkAndrew said...

"Yes, I think it's kinda silly to finally make Aquaman an Arthurian fantasy like it was always meant to be, and yet get rid of Arthur at the same time... "

Really?

Nice.

Aquaman as superhero never worked for me, except, maybe, as a Fantastic Four Explorer of the bizzare/Head of the family unit type.

"And the new guy looks just like him..."

No biggie, then. :)

I have no gripes as long as the new guy is more-or-less indistinguishable from the old guy.

Well, there's no point to it, I guess, but DC thinks it'll help sales, and lead into Aquaman rebirth.
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But I also would've made it more light-hearted and wacky pop and stuff. Oh well."

They SHOULD have let you write Aquaman. *Nods*

"I'm not much of a Busiek fan, as he's a bit too old-school for my tastes"

I like Astro City a lot, but, yeah, I never dug any of Busiek's work-for-hire stuff. He's too strongly in the "recontextualize other people's ideas" school of comic writing as opposed to the "Come up with your OWN shiny, new ideas" school of comic book writing.

Still, I gotta say, Aquaman as King Arthur is a pretty interesting interpretation.

And the Busiek (and I think Butch Guice) Sea Devils one shot from a while back was really solid.

12/09/2005 01:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Iron Lungfish said...

So how many DC heroes are left who HAVEN'T been replaced by some other shmuck in the same costume?

12/09/2005 02:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Brad said...

Martian Manhunter? That one will probably stand, partially because he's the last of his race, and partially because no one else wants to wear that harness.

12/09/2005 06:02:00 PM  
Anonymous DJA said...

So how many DC heroes are left who HAVEN'T been replaced by some other shmuck in the same costume?

More to the point, how many times has the passing of the torch to some other shmuck actually lasted (pace Wally West)? I give the new guy a year, tops.

12/10/2005 01:05:00 AM  
Blogger The Seditionist said...

Yeah, lovely art. Butch/Jackson gets slicker every day. But Swipe City....

But seriously, not that it warrants any seriousness, it seems like a pleasant throwback in ways to the early Giordano/Skeates/Aparo run.

But really, who cares?

12/11/2005 04:11:00 AM  
Blogger Christopher Burton said...

But really, who cares?

I agree. Meh. Aquaman has never really appealed to me except for a handful of the Silver Age issues I've read. I'll save up some cash and buy the Aquaman Archives before I get this.

12/11/2005 02:37:00 PM  
Blogger Scipio said...

" finally make Aquaman an Arthurian fantasy like it was always meant to be"


That would be news to those of us who've read any of the stories he was in during his first, say, 30 years.

It was Peter David who thought it was supposed to be "an Arthurian fantasy".

12/11/2005 09:53:00 PM  
Blogger Bill Reed said...

If that's true, Peter David wrote the worst Arthurian fantasy ever.

It was... it was Namorian fantasy, is what it was.

12/14/2005 05:00:00 PM  

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