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Thursday, April 09, 2009 
MyCup o’ Joe Tea, Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning

WEEK 14 April 9, 2009

MyCup o' Joe is the weekly communiqué from Marvel Comics Editor in Chief Joe Quesada to the legion of Mighty Marvelites Assembled! Every Friday, Joe will sit down with journalist Jim McLauchlin to answer questions on the pressing issues of the day at Marvel and throughout comics.

Well, except for now. As Joe is catching up on a big ol’ workload and/or goofing off, we hop the pond to the UK, where they enjoy tea more than joe.
And thus, it comes to pass that MySpace is left to the tender mercies of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, scribes of Guardians of the Galaxy, War of Kings, Nova, and more! DnA hold the floor!

And you get to chip in as well! Joe will be answering YOUR questions NEXT week! To get in on the fun, post your questions at the bottom of this page!

JM: Thanks for laying in, guys.
Now you’ve been a writing tandem for…how long how?

Dan: Err…by my hazy recollection, it’s been about 21 years now.

Andy: Bloody Hell! Is it that long?

Dan: Yes, It seemed like such a good idea at the time.
I was a naïve young assistant editor at Marvel UK…

Andy: And I was a feisty young goat herd called Peter, in the majestic Swiss Alps…

Dan: No, I think you’re muddling that up with another recollection.
You were a freelancer working on art chores for Real Ghostbusters, which was one of the books I edited.

Andy: Ah, it’s all coming back to me now—Endless Friday drinking sessions which we called writing workshops where we’d knock about ideas for stories and the like.

Dan: When we began to realize that some of the ideas we were coming up with were good enough to sell, it seemed only fair to write them together because we’d devised them together.
After that, like a bad smell, I couldn’t get rid of him!

Andy: You’re all charm! If I remember rightly, the first thing we sold to Marvel US was the Punisher story arc called, “Eurohit,? which ran for the summer of 1992.
This was an idea we’d originally pitched for a Marvel UK Punisher reprint magazine as a four-page backup strip to run for six issues, but when that didn’t happen, we showed the idea to Punisher editor Don Daley who saw the opportunity to run it as his summer ‘double ship’ event.

Dan: It was our first work together for the US and also the first US work for a baby-faced young artist called Dougie Braithwaite, who we’d been working with at Marvel UK.

JM: What a wonderful checkered past you have.
So what does writing as a team mean to you guys? It seems all these kind of “partnerships? vary based on the partners.
How do you guys work it together?

Dan: We’ve refined this process over the years, but essentially, we get together once a week and spend a day brainstorming and plotting. The end result of a day’s session like that is a detailed beatsheet or breakdown of the next issue due to be written.

Andy: Dan then takes that away and writes a full script (he’s the writing machine of the duo) while I get on with my other job as an inker. Dan then sends me the script to go other and once I’ve signed off on it, it goes off to the editor.

Dan: This way we get to check and double check our ideas and test them to destruction as we’re always coming at a story from two points of view. And stories often go in unexpected directions as one of us may suggest an idea that leads the other off on an unexpected tangent.

Andy: it’s like a glorified game of “What’s next?? Where you each get to say the next part of a story and hand it off to someone else to finish up. And it’s fun. We know of many artists and writers who go stir crazy working in isolation. One day a week spent in the company of a like-minded individual keeps us sane. And we often have a lot of laughs throwing ideas around.

Dan: And acting out our stories: more often than not providing the least appropriate voices for classic comic characters.
For instance, the day, a few weeks ago, where the part of Galactus was played by British cocky actor, Bob Hoskins! “Ear, Surfa! Oim ‘ungry!?

JM: You ever get a hankering to say, “Screw that other guy.
Here’s a particular story I feel very personally about, and it’s mine??

Andy: Well. No, I’ve never felt that way.

Dan: Me neither, honest!

Andy: What do you mean?

Dan: Nothing.

Andy: It was the way you said it.

Dan: I didn’t say it in any way…

JM: Now Andy, you mentioned you’re an inker as well.
Dan, do you do any of the other disciplines?

Dan: I’m glad you asked that.

Andy: Oh, here we go…

Dan: Thank you. I’m speaking. When I’m not writing comics with Andy, I write on my own for 2000AD, (strips such as: Sinister Dexter, Kingdom and the VCs) and I write novels for Games Workshop, Dr Who, Torchwood and Primeval etc. I’m just working on my 36th novel, a new Gaunt’s Ghost novel for Games Workshop.

Andy: And I’m inking Spider-Man!

Dan: Yes, we all know that.

JM: Now some of your collaborative stuff is rather allegorical and can contain some pointed commentary on real life.
Do you have a particular favorite in that category?

Andy: Dan, what does allegorical mean?

Dan: I’ll field this one. We find that when you are writing comics, or for that matter any genre material that has a high science fiction or fantasy content, one of the most effective things you can do with that is make it seem as credible and real as possible. If we can anchor a story to a real world social or political or cultural event, it lends real solidity to it. This is especially true of “cosmic? comics, which have a propensity to be a little “out there,? and we know this can be off-putting to some readers. So, we like to ground the more SF elements of our stories by using concepts that are real and recognizable from the world around us.

Andy: Wot he said.

JM: Well, sometimes this stuff is very apparent to the reader, and sometimes, folks miss the message. Was there ever an example where you’ve looked back at a story and said, “Yep.
Folks just didn’t get that one??

Dan: Sometimes real world inspirations we use aren’t even supposed to obvious or recognizable.
For instance, the Galactus story we did in Nova.
Our starting point there was the idea that Galactus would be portrayed like a force of nature, a natural disaster, like a hurricane. We were reminded of the traumas of Hurricane Katrina. Galactus would be like a storm descending on a world and would speak or interact because he was on an entirely different, non-negotiable scale. So, Nova hunting for the killer, Harrow, as Galactus destroyed the world was a science fiction take on a New Orleans cop hunting for a serial killer as a hurricane rolled in.

Andy: People just didn’t understand that issue #8 of Guardians of the Galaxy was a subtle allegory which attempted to address the underappreciated roll of Raccoons throughout the Texas Revolution of 1836!

JM: Yeah, no one did. I feel for you. Now a lot of your work is very sci-fi based, and less superhero-y. It seems to me that the UK audience really goes for that, and the USA market is more capes-and-tights. You’re from the UK, so…you tell me.
Does that assessment seem “on? to you?

Andy: Yup, we like cosmic superheroes because the UK audience tends to have grown up on a diet of Sci-Fi titles like 2000AD, Dr. Who, Blake’s Seven etc.

Dan: If you put superheroes into a space context, their costumes become more functional: they are protective suits or armor, or uniforms, and their powers are put into the context of extraordinary technologies and alien talents. It might just be us but we think that makes them more believable.

Andy: it certainly gives a different take to traditional US comic stories and superheroes.

JM: Can you please freakin’ explain David Beckham to me? ’Cause we just don’t get how he’s any kind of a big deal.

Dan: Over to you Andy, I don’t do sports.

Andy: Well the real genius to Beckham is his deadball expertise. He a fantastic crosser of the ball and a free kick specialist, able to flight a 35 foot kick up and over the wall and into the top corner of the net. He’s also married to a Spice Girl and has a six pack.
That help?

JM: Not a bit.
Now you’ve really got your own “corner? of the Marvel Universe with all the cosmic, spacefaring stuff—Nova, Guardians, War of Kings, and so on.
Do you ever look at it like that? Like “Hey, this whole chunk of Marvel is ours, man!??

Dan: Yes, but we really appreciate the fact we’ve got these great classic characters to play with and are trying to develop the personalities, situations and places of the Marvel cosmic universe into a consistent domain.

Andy: We are constantly pinching ourselves that we’ve got the creative latitude to do this at the moment as we are long standing fans of the MU cosmic titles from when we were kids.
We both grew up on reading Jim Starlin’s Captain Marvel and Warlock, Steve Gerber’s Guardians, Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s Starlord as well as the classic Where Monsters Dwell type titles. Now we get to tell stories with those characters in and we are only just skimming the surface of the possibilities of Marvel cosmic stories, there’s such a wealth of material there to delve into.

Dan: Working on the cosmic books has required us to go back and reread all of that material, and remind ourselves of how good it all was and how much fun it was from a reader’s POV. I suppose that’s what we’re really trying to do with our stories: to produce tales that are good, old-fashion fun and entertainment.

JM: Excellent, guys. Good to hear it’s not all about raccoons. That said, you’re off the hook, and Quesada fields reader questions.

Hi Joe! thing that has been bugging me lately is the darn barcode on the front of all of the marvel and dc books. i was wondering if there is any action you could take to move the barcode to the back cover of the book or even to the inside cover on all of the books you publish.

JQ- Jeff, while I appreciate the sentiment, any comic that is going onto the newsstand has to have the barcode on the front cover. From time to time you may see us place a barcode on a back cover and that will happen with books that are direct market only but with approval from the advertiser on the back cover.

Hope that helps.

Ted and Lisa
What's going on with female Marvel characters? Jean Grey's been dead for several years now, Shadowcat's basically dead, Ms. Marvel & Wasp are dead, Scarlet Witch and Songbird have been written out, She-Hulk's been replaced, Storm's usage is limited... any comments? Just trying out some fresh faces?

JQ: We’ve got a lot of strong female characters in all our books right now. The X-books always have a lot of strong female characters. Domino, Wolfsbane, X-23, Siryn, Monet, Layla Miller, Mirage, Karma, Magick, Magma, Rogue, Armor, Emma Frost, Pixie, and maybe somebody else coming back into the mix…not all of those characters are household names, but honestly neither are some of the ones you mentioned.
Storm’s only really sidelined if you don’t read ASTONISHING or BLACK PANTHER (who’s also female these days…), which you should!

Also, Elektra is female and she’s got her own limited series! Namora and Venus are right up front in Agents of Atlas, while Mockingbird is kicking butt and taking names in New Avengers: The Reunion.
Then over in Guardians of the Galaxy we’ve Gamora, Martyr and Mantis; Medusa and Crystal going to war in War of Kings; and in the pages of Thunderbolts #133, Songbird will be battling it out with Black Widow II. And if that’s not enough for ya, over in War Machine, we have Cybermancer and Bethany Cabe keeping James Rhodes flying, while the magical Jennifer Kale is a star in Marvel Zombies 4.

So I’d say that the ladies of the Marvel Universe are doing pretty good!

And let’s not forget Sue Storm, Valkyrie, Zarda, Carol Danvers, Kitty Pryde & the newly minted She-Hulk (among others!) tearing it up over in the Ultimate Universe.

This also seems like the perfect time to announce our Marvel Divas limited series, beginning in July, from Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Tonci Zonjic, featuring some of the Marvel Universe’s greatest female heroes in a way you haven’t seem them before.
I’ll let Roberto explain:

“The idea behind the series was to have some sudsy fun and lift the curtain a bit and take a peep at some of our most fabulous super heroines. In the series, they're an unlikely foursome of friends--Black Cat, Hell Cat, Firestar, and Photon--with TWO things in common: They're all leading double-lives and they're all having romantic trouble. The pitch started as "Sex and the City" in the Marvel Universe, and there's definitely that "naughty" element to it, but I also think the series is doing to a deeper place, asking question about what it means...truly be a woman in an industry dominated by testosterone and guns. (And I mean both the super hero industry and the comic book industry.) But mostly it's just a lot of hot fun.

Hi Joe........I would definately like to see advice for upcoming writers, the same kind as advice artists in Cup o Joe vol 13. Especially with the recession on, I am on a website of comic creators, retailers, publishers etc and they all think it's going to get harder not easier and the big companies are a big part of that.

JQ: We’re pretty pumped up to have Jason Aaron on the Fat Cobra special, and can tell you that these five one-shots are going to be brimming with kung-fu goodness. You’ll also see plenty of the main Marvel U. – like that previously unseen Fat Cobra / Nick Fury team-up – as well as glimpses into K’un-Lun and the Capital Cities of Heaven. The six-page backup stories will also prominently feature the Immortal Iron Fist in the Marvel U.

Joe, I love Oz and like the fact that you’re adapting Jane Austen stuff.
What’s next for the Illustrated line? Alice in Wonderland maybe? Will you be adapting anything current or sticking with the public domain stuff?

JQ: What we’ve got in the works now are an adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, the great Sherlock Holmes adventure Hound of the Baskervilles—down the pike a bit, and a five issue series called The Trojan War that is culled from various ancient Greek sources and gives the full story of what events led up to the Trojan War and what happened to many of the participants afterward. It’s a fine complement to both our adaptations of The Iliad and The Odyssey. And don’t forget to look for all our adaptations in both hard and softcover in a comic store or bookstore near you.

LongHorn USA
Alright Joe, spill the beans on the “Dark X-Men? who are they? Is Angel leaving x-force? Also, it’s AWESOME to see Namor in a x-suit but it seems a bit out of character for the Prince of Atlantis to throw on a different costume.
Also, im going to say its safe to assume that the “Wolverine? in the picture is actually Daken…right?

JQ: I can’t say much right now, but last weekend at Emerald City Comic Con we revealed that it’s a cover to an upcoming issue of Uncanny X-Men. So who’s on the team and why? You’ll just have to keep reading.
But if you missed the Uncanny X-Men Annual from earlier this year, it’s definitely one to check out for hints on how Dark Reign is going to affect the X-Men.

It's good to see Dr. Strange back in comics. Do you believe there is a possibility that a mini-series or ongoing series could be in the works to showcase what Strange has been up to or to elaborate on the increase of all the magic in the Marvel universe, such as Dr. Doom, Morgana La Fey, Dormammu, and all the magical creatures from Captain Britain and MI13? I'd love to see Strange fight Dracula again.

The current “Search for the Sorcerer Supreme? storyline running in NEW AVENGERS should answer most of your questions, Stephen, as well as setting up a new status quo for magic in the Marvel Universe.
And saying anything beyond that would be telling!

The Misadventures of Jeremy N.

With Ms.Marvel dead on issue 37 how will this affect her role in New Avengers.
Will it be addressed by Bendis?

It’s going to be like Weekend at Bernie’s, but with a Quinjet. Hilarity will ensue.

Spidey 616
Hey Joe, here's something that's been asked quite a few times and perhaps you can answer it now, but what does H.A.M.M.E.R.

stand for? Does it actually stand for something or is this a running gag that nobody knows?

So far, nobody seems to know the solution to this most mysterious of acronyms—and anybody who’s even come close to guessing has been spirited away in the dead of night by truncheon-wielding field operatives. So forgive us if we don’t explore the answer in too great a detail.

if i'm not mistaken, weren't the remains of the original human torch used by ultron to build the vision?..if this is so how do you explain the current story line in Cap?

The history of the Vision and the Human Torch has been a convoluted one over the years, Gonzo. Originally, the Vision was believed to have been constructed from the remains of the Original Torch. Then, years later, it was revealed that the original Torch was still alive, which put the lie to that earlier belief.
Finally, though, in AVENGERS FOREVER (being reprinted shortly in a spiffy hardcover edition) we learned that Immortus had divided the original Torch temporally, with one of these two androids eventually becoming the Vision, and the other remaining as the Torch! Whew—see what you miss if you’re not paying close attention?

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Mike Sorce

I remember a while ago hearing about the 'Death of the Invisible Woman.' I don't read FF so I'm not sure what happened, but she doesn't seem very dead.
Did this never happen?
Posted by Mike on Friday, April 10, 2009 - 12:57 AM
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The Anonymous One
Jack Horowitz

i think it ended up being an invisible woman from an alternate future time line that got killed.
Posted by The Anonymous One on Sunday, April 12, 2009 - 4:55 AM
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Timo McShade

....Yes it did happen in a sense. Not to spoil it but it involved time travel and alternate dimensions typical FF stuff. You should really pick up FF cause the Millar/Hitch run is awesome and coming to a close only to be picked up by Hickman/Eaglesham. It is an excellent book that doesn't seem to be getting enough play.
Posted by Timo McShade on Saturday, April 11, 2009 - 5:05 AM
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You should be reading FF, Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch are knockin it outta the park!!!
Posted by KAINE, BREAKER OF MEN!! on Friday, April 10, 2009 - 12:00 PM
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Anthony Peretti

Posted by Tony on Friday, April 10, 2009 - 12:57 AM
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N.I.C.K. (u know u want it)
Nick Marchan

Hi Joe... with Vision and Cassie gone, who will fill the gap in the Young Avengers ?
Posted by N.I.C.K. (u know u want it) on Friday, April 10, 2009 - 12:57 AM
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Justin Motley

Hey Joe, can you give any advice for people who may want to write comics in the future? I enjoy writing stories, and I typically write them as if they were comics since I grew up reading Marvel stories.
Posted by Justin on Friday, April 10, 2009 - 12:57 AM
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Sami Dawed

Hey Marvel! I hear that Brian Bendis hinted that Doctor Strange may approach Nico Minoru, seeing as the search for a new Sorcerer Supreme isn't done.
Is this true?
Posted by Sami on Friday, April 10, 2009 - 12:57 AM
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The April Fool
Dalton Adger

Hello Joe. I'm really excited to hear that Songbird is soon to throwdown with the current Thunderbolts.
Is their any chance that she could assemble a team against Norman's Dark Reign?
Posted by The April Fool on Friday, April 10, 2009 - 12:57 AM
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Brian Jarchow

Hey Joe,..Where has Shang-Chi been? Any chance of him joining the New Avengers, maybe? Also, with Doctor Strange no longer sorcerer supreme, does that mean he can no longer use magic, or is he simply just losing the title?
Posted by Brian on Friday, April 10, 2009 - 12:57 AM
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Joe,........I respectfully disagree with you female characters. There is a severe lack of strong female characters at Marvel, especially in the X-books.........With the exception of the ladies of X-Force, the majority of female X-characters are wallpaper, eye candy and mere background characters. Emma Frost is the only female X-Man with a substantial role these days. The rest drift in and out. Storm and Rogue went from leading teams to occasional guest appearances. ........The way female characters are featured then tossed aside, killed or relegated to lower-tier books makes it difficult for any female character to achieve “A-List? status at Marvel. It seems like as soon as a female characters starts to gain ground, she is always pushed back down.........Also, Marvel seems to still have problems with female characters being extremely powerful and being able to beat male characters.........For example, in War of Kings, why couldn’t Rachel Summers have remained the Phoenix and been able to go toe-to-toe with Gladiator and Vulcan rather than being relegated to the sidelines? Why couldn’t anything Phoenix related be set after War of Kings so that Marvel would have the opportunity to include an incredibly powerful female character as one of the powerhouses in a major event? ........Instead, Crystal gets to be a “People’s Princess?, Lilandra needs to be rescued, and the male characters get to fight. ........It’s frustrating to see this sort type of sexism still happening in 2009.
Posted by Ashley on Friday, April 10, 2009 - 12:00 PM
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Scary Kidz scarin Jarret
Tiger Dilli

I agree strongly with Ashley here. And You definately need to pick a better group of woman(exceptence of Black-Cat) for yer lil diva project, or at least add a couple, maybe some without romance drama?...are we really gonna have a marvel soap opera? if so than call the book, "All my Powers", "The Young and the X-less", or how bout "X and the City"?
Posted by Scary Kidz scarin Jarret on Sunday, April 12, 2009 - 1:38 PM
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Daniel Danny Dan

Anything tagged Diva without Dazzler is sacrilege. Love how she's the only X-Woman omitted from Quesada's listing too. Really dude, get over your hate-on for her already.....Funny, but when you can list every female doing what, it actually just emphasizes the lacking presence.....*deep breath*....... End rant.
Posted by Daniel Danny Dan on Friday, April 10, 2009 - 12:01 PM
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Wow, awesome!
Posted by Alex on Friday, April 10, 2009 - 12:01 PM
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Tommy Fixx
Tommy Fixx

With Loki "fooling" the heroes in Mighty Avengers will Thor make a guest appearance and also where's Paul Gulacy at?!? I'm still a "True Believer" in a MI-6 reunion LoL Looking forward to having a cup of Joe on more covers and interiors too(wink-wink).
Posted by Tommy Fixx on Friday, April 10, 2009 - 12:01 PM
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Joe Q,....I was wondering if you would be attending HeroesCon in North Carolina this year?
Posted by JMC on Friday, April 10, 2009 - 12:01 PM
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®onald ©ruz

Regarding Marvel Diva's. Get a girl to write this story. But get the good cheese cake artists for alot of variant covers. Retro Black Cat back to white gloves/boots, Photon back to her Ms. Marvel suit, Firestar with her 90’s costume w/ jacket, Hell-Cat with a new costume or color, and a rotation of guest appearances from all the females in the Marvel U, and you got a lasting series. MARVEL FATALES sounds better than DIVAS, or The Avenging Fatales. They all are former Avengers except BC, but she’s got more than enough stripes to be one now.
Posted by ®onald ©ruz on Friday, April 10, 2009 - 12:02 PM
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"Marvel Divas"?! Where the heck is Jennifer Walters? Why can't Marvel saturate the market place with She-Hulk - not just guest appearances in limited series, but throughout the Marvel Universe? She-Hulk deserves much more exposure! I'm happy to see Photon as a part of the line up, though! Someone return her to her original costume, or update it so she can shed her current (boring) outfit - PLEASE. ....In other news, Marvel Comics is totally taking over my paycheck with worth while books.
I used to be a DC nut - what happened?
Posted by un_taco on Friday, April 10, 2009 - 7:52 PM
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Un-American Idol

Joe! Love My Cup of Joe, I look forward to it every week.
This is a question I think about a lot: How much attention gets paid to fans on-line ranting, blogging, message boarding and just plain ol' b-wording when it comes time to make editorial decisions? I only ask because it seems that the vocal minority that takes part in these activities absolutely hate everything, so do you even bother trying to please them? Or, since it is the easiest way to gauge fan reaction and demand, do you have to see what the on-line pulse/buzz is?
Posted by Un-American Idol on Friday, April 10, 2009 - 7:55 PM
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Hi Joe!..thanks for all fantastic comics that are out in every weeks!..i like especially X-Force!the cosmic stuff!Cable!All the Avengers title!..e obviously Spidey!Daredevil!Iron Fist!Captain America!..but i think in this moment X-Force forever!Clayton Crain and Mike Choi are amazing and the great ....duo Kyle,Yost are fantastic!keep going in this way!..i wanna make a question in particular to the Incredible Bendis (the new title for the former ....Incredible Hulk/Hercules!)....I'm a huge fan of Prison Break!..In an episode of the second season,the protagonist michael scofield hunted by 'the company' ....denunce a plot in national television,did you taking the inspiration to this for the Clint Barton ....declaration vs. Norman 'Green Goblin' Osborn?..Thank you very much!
Posted by Cassim on Friday, April 10, 2009 - 7:55 PM
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Timo McShade

JQ........What is up the the Fantastic Four series? You have this amazing creative team in Millar/Hitch finishing up their excellent run and Hickman/Eaglesham ready to take over but yet the series never seems to get the play it should. Why is that?........You mentioned in an earlier column that Rulk's identity will be revealed in issue #13 and also sent preview art for an X-Force/Rulk crossover. This got me thinking, knowing that X-Force only deals with mutant affairs and take their orders directly from Cyke, could Rulk be a mutant? He was in Frisco before and no X-Men were found so why would they mess with him now?........Finally, where did you find Jeff Parker? I never heard of him put the guy can write a book! His Sentry mini was awesome, Atlas is going well so far and his Exiles had an entertaining "old school" feel to it which was a joy to read. ........Tim
Posted by Timo McShade on Saturday, April 11, 2009 - 5:05 AM
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when will brandon peterson pencil an entire issue again? i recently reread the final part of the ultimate gah lak tus trilogy, and as much as i enjoy his covers, is there any chance of him penciling a mini, one shot, or preferably a run on new avengers? kick immomen off and send him to warren ellis so they can start nextwave 2.
Posted by Ever on Saturday, April 11, 2009 - 5:05 AM
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joe,....with omega flight down to 2 members, with beta ray out in space, usagent back with the avengers and what looks like michael pointer in the dark avengers, will alpha flight be picking back up to defend canada?
Posted by Phil on Saturday, April 11, 2009 - 5:05 AM
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Hey Joe, I've heard that both Ghost Rider and Iron Fist will be resetting back to #1 soon, and very strangely, that Ghost Rider's #1 will be the start of the final arc of the current Ghost Rider book. Is this true and if so when and why is it happening?....With themultiple Marvel books going back to their original numbering (Thor, Cap, Hulk), I was very happy, as it seemed you guys were embracing the fact that these are "legacy" books and having such a high number is pretty damn cool. So I'm actually going to ask (though probably to no avail) that you don't reset the numbers on those books. The same thing was done with Runaways and that didn't feel right either. It's something that DC has done quite a bit and I think it takes away from the legacy of that comic. I say unless it's getting canceled, there's no reason to reset it.....Just my 2 cents on the matter, but I figured it's worth a try.....(Also, Spidey is the best he's been in years. Don't let some angry kids on a message board tell you any differently.
Posted by Jeff on Saturday, April 11, 2009 - 5:05 AM
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Jason Stoneroad

Dear Joe, .... why is marvel raising prices on some of its best selling comic books and still insisting on puting forth series that it KNOWS will fail. its my opinion that marvel needs to focus more on a contracting market and keep its prices low than to force me to drop more books due to my budgetary constraints.
Posted by Jason on Saturday, April 11, 2009 - 5:05 AM
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i think havok is gonna kill his little bro
Posted by MEMENTO MAX on Saturday, April 11, 2009 - 12:26 PM
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Steven Ghost

Was there a goof or was Joe dodging the writers advice by pretending he was asked about Iron Fist? lol ....Anyway...1)at one point there were plans for a Bryan Singer penned Ultimate X-men. Now that the title is canceled, will we ever see an x-men story from Singer, or has that idea been thrown out the window for the foreseeable future?..2)Will Dark Reign: Hawkeye have any long term effects in the Avenger books or is it pretty much a self-contained story?..3)Will the New Avengers have a role in the Utopia crossover, since Wolverine is a member of that team as well? Thanks in advance, Joe!
Posted by Steven Ghost on Saturday, April 11, 2009 - 12:26 PM
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Joe, ....While I am reading as many Marvel books as I can at a time, my consistent favorite "Corner" of the Marvel U has been the cosmic scene. From the Annihilations, To the War of Kings and all the side books, the stuff DnA has shaped has been fantastic. With them having such a HUGE impact on rebuilding the cosmic landscape almost entirely from scratch, is there any possibility to letting them be the official Editors-in-Chief of the "Cosmic Family" and expand out the books with new creative teams working under DnA and reporting to them? A new Heralds of Galactus series, a "Warbound in space story", or the full time return to the cosmic landscape in a big way of Beta Ray Bill under their guidance would be HUGE.....So, whatcha think? Any possibility of them getting a promotion?
Posted by James on Sunday, April 12, 2009 - 4:55 AM
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Marchelo Cesare

question about TIMESTORM 2009-2099: I see that spidey has a mix in his costume of his previous suits but he also has half of the Punisher skull. Has he become a steped into the shoes of The Punisher like what Frank did on becoming Captain America? Whats the story behind that? I dont read comics but Im a huge Punisher and Spidey fan and Im really curious.
Posted by Marchelo Cesare on Sunday, April 12, 2009 - 4:56 AM
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Ernesto Juan

No thats what the 2099 spiderman looked like.......
Posted by Ernesto Juan on Sunday, April 12, 2009 - 5:50 PM
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Hey Joe, what's up with the lack of a new solicit for Moon Knight? Is it taking a month off for some reason or is there something more to it? Charlie Huston turned him into my favourite character and I would hate to see his book get quietly cancelled like that.
Posted by Nemo on Sunday, April 12, 2009 - 4:56 AM
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Hey Jow what's up with the lack of a new solicit for Moon Knight?
Posted by Nemo on Sunday, April 12, 2009 - 4:56 AM
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CoMics ,TOys, N other shit worth more than ur life
ComiCs Collectibles

This is WHY ....I fuck wit MARVEL and ONLY Marvel ..ALL the TIME.....BEST COMICS. BEST STORIES....BEST COLLECTIBLES.....BEST MOVIES..WIT THE EXCEPTION OF THE PUNISHERS and SPIDERMAN 3. and DAREDEVIL movie sucked too...........MAy is Logan Month bitches
Posted by CoMics ,TOys, N other shit worth more than ur life on Sunday, April 12, 2009 - 4:58 AM
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Phantom Maestro of the Twilight

see once again marvel is really sinking to the lowness of reprinting to try to sell books making them look like new ones as in this time storm which is just a rehash of the old 2099 titles which failed miserably...its a trend all of you at marvel seem to be on also with many other titles thinking ok its old enough we can resell it to a younger generation who dont know any better for 3x the cost of the origional...whats with all this lately? its really making me detest the once proud marvel name & to consider quiting reading anything to do with marvel & thats sad cause I have beeen loyal for 30+ yrs & also have to say all this dark reign everything to get you to buy all titles to keep up with whats going on is a pure scam as well....all I have to say as I said earlier is DONT MAKE MINE MARVEL !!
Posted by Phantom Maestro of the Twilight on Sunday, April 12, 2009 - 4:58 AM
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Thanks for replying to my question Joe....however I'm not sure your answer relates to what I was asking? I asked;........"Walkin-X....Hi Joe........I would definately like to see advice for upcoming writers, the same kind as advice artists in Cup o Joe vol 13. Especially with the recession on, I am on a website of comic creators, retailers, publishers etc and they all think it's going to get harder not easier and the big companies are a big part of that."........And you replied............"JQ: We’re pretty pumped up to have Jason Aaron on the Fat Cobra special, and can tell you that these five one-shots are going to be brimming with kung-fu goodness. You’ll also see plenty of the main Marvel U. – like that previously unseen Fat Cobra / Nick Fury team-up – as well as glimpses into K’un-Lun and the Capital Cities of Heaven. The six-page backup stories will also prominently feature the Immortal Iron Fist in the Marvel U."........I wasn't really asking about Jung-Fu or future projects. I was asking what is your opinion and Marvel's position on new talent in the recession? I am on an industry website and the people on there, who aren't comic buyers but people who have been writing, drawing, distributing etc for years think that it's only going to get harder for new talent to be get their stuff out there. What is Marvel planning in regards to new writers, are yous ticking with the old guard or will you give new guys a chance? I know the advice for writers is to "get published" but how and what impresses you in regards to writing? Great news for Jason Aaron, especially if he is a new writer but I'd really like some advice in the same vain as you gave artists the other week. Thanks.
Posted by Walkin-X on Sunday, April 12, 2009 - 5:50 PM
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Yo Joe, with Omega Flight down a few members, I'm sure a lot of Flight fans are wondering about the fate of Canada's premiere super team and if we'll be seeing them revert back to the Alpha Flight name?
Posted by Spidey616 on Monday, April 13, 2009 - 1:15 AM
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Tony Smith
Tony Smith

Due to what Norman Osborn said during a recent issue of The Incredible Hercules does he not actually believe Loki is who she says she is?
Posted by Tony Smith on Monday, April 13, 2009 - 1:15 AM
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