My brain is finally back online […as much as it ever is - RD] following a busy but amazing weekend at C2E2 2012, where I had a chance to chat with the creators of some of my favorite books - one of which hasn’t even started yet. Don’t care. I’m so excited, I’m already calling it a favorite.
That would be the new Captain Marvel series by Kelly Sue DeConnick. Every interview I’d read about this one has just made me more psyched for the direction she’s taking Carol Danvers here, and then I actually got to chat with Ms. DeConnick during a signing. She shared preview pages from both the CM series itself (art by Dexter Soy) and Avenging Spider-Man #9-10 starring Carol & Spidey and written by DeConnick (with art by Terry Dodson!), and told me about some incredible characters we’re about to meet.
You guys: Captain Marvel #2 is going to introduce the World War 2 Women’s Air Force Auxiliary equivalents of Nick Fury and the Howling Commandos!
Each of the Howlers will have an opposite number; Ms. DeConnick described the Fury character, the Dum Dum Dugan character, and the Dino Minelli a little bit, and they are wonderful. I cannot wait to meet these ladies!
I’ve already started bugging my comic shop about getting Captain Marvel onto my pull list. The instant Marvel actually solicits July’s issue, I’m there. I may also have made it a point to stop Axel Alonso this weekend and (politely) let him know how much I’m looking forward to this book.
I also got a chance this weekend to tell Dan Slott how much I loved his She-Hulk series, and in return he told me what the next story would have been had he stayed on the book. This is all from memory and thus wildly paraphrased, but essentially:
The next story would have involved Pug’s old high school teacher losing his job for teaching Marvel Creationism. "And then the Celestials came down and split the human genome, creating the Inhumans over there, and the Eternals, and the humans. And then Odin came down from the World Tree… There are no Christian, Jewish, or Hindu gods…" So She-Hulk and her firm are helping the teacher sue for wrongful termination, and eventually they call the Watcher down as a witness. “YES, THAT IS WHAT REALLY HAPPENED…”
Dan Slott is a great verbal storyteller (he does the funny voices and everything), so this was just brilliant to hear. Also a little sad, that we never just got to read this story. I did suggest it still could make a great one-shot or mini-series, but he says he’s “Spidey for life” these days. Ah well!
[This blog has been harsh to Dan Slott in the past. I stand by that post, because going after fans to argue with them on their own blogs is a jerk move. By all accounts, he’s done much better since then, and he was cool in person. This does not excuse his past behavior but hopefully is evidence that he is learning and growing. - RD]