PROJECT SUPERPOWERS: BLACKCROSS #1-6 (Warren Ellis / Worley)

L’éditeur Dynamite Entertainment a engagé le célèbre Warren Ellis (The Authority, Moon Knight) pour superviser la relance de la franchise Project Superpowers rassemblant une grande parties des super-héros “oubliés” (et souvent libres de droit) de l’age d’or. On retrouvera notamment le Daredevil original, The Black Terror, Arrow ou encore le Green Lama.

Cette reprise sera marquée par une remise à zéro de la “franchise”, indépendante de la maxi-série du même nom imaginée par Alex Ross et Jim Krueger (Earth X) en 2010 chez le même éditeur.

[quote]Official Press Release

Dynamite is honored to announce that Warren Ellis, one of the greatest and most respected comic book writers in comics, will be working with Dynamite for the very first time! Warren Ellis plans to take control of the Project Superpowers universe in late 2014, as Dynamite Entertainment continues to celebrate its 10th Anniversary.

“I’ve long been fascinated by the period in comics that produced these characters, and I’m very much looking forward to working out the strange, atmospheric take on the weird thriller that they inspired. Also, it’s going to be a pleasure to finally do a job through the good offices of my old friend Nick Barrucci.” - Warren Ellis

“I’ve wanted to work with Warren for many years, and have approached him more than a few times,” says Dynamite CEO / Publisher Nick Barrucci, “I can honestly say that when his schedule allowed for us to work together, I was speechless. We’ve been waiting for the right creative vision to bring back Dynamite’s Superpowers Universe, and I can’t think of anyone better than Warren to do so. I was elated that both came together. He will make this series his own and will bring a larger audience to Dynamite’s Super Powers universe. This is truly an honor to be working with him, as Warren elevates Dynamite to a new level.”

“Warren is truly a visionary storyteller and he’s been given carte blanche to reimagine these characters and this world,” adds Dynamite Senior Editor Joe Rybandt. “The results will appeal to his existing fans for sure, but the world he is creating is accessible to all from the start.”

Warren Ellis is a graphic novelist, columnist and author of the New York Times best-selling novel Gun Machine, which is currently being developed for television. He has a novella, Normal, and a non-fiction book due from Farrar Straus Giroux in 2014. RED 2, the sequel to the Bruce Willis-Helen Mirren film RED based on his book of the same name, was released in August 2013. He holds the lifetime achievement prize from comics’ Eagle Awards and the NUIG President’s Medal for services to free speech. He travels a lot and mostly lives in airplanes now.[/quote]

Ca fait un peu redite.
Après, Warren Ellis m’intéressera toujours, donc je regarderai, mais ça fait redite. Je peux juste espérer que Ellis, qui ne reste jamais longtemps sur des personnages qui ne lui appartiennent pas, pourra/saura insuffler un bon rythme et de bonnes idées à tout ça. Ross et Krueger s’étaient, notamment, perdus dans trop d’épisodes, trop d’intrigues, trop de personnages.

Moi, j’attends un truc à la New Universal, en espérant qu’il arrive au bout du projet…

Jim

Voilà une occasion en or pour Ellis de redéfinir encore une fois l’univers des super-héros loin de toutes contraintes.

[quote=“BenWawe”]Ca fait un peu redite.
Après, Warren Ellis m’intéressera toujours, donc je regarderai, mais ça fait redite. Je peux juste espérer que Ellis, qui ne reste jamais longtemps sur des personnages qui ne lui appartiennent pas, pourra/saura insuffler un bon rythme et de bonnes idées à tout ça. Ross et Krueger s’étaient, notamment, perdus dans trop d’épisodes, trop d’intrigues, trop de personnages.[/quote]

tu oublies un mot. Trop d’intrigues REPETITIVES.

En mars 2015, l’éditeur Dynamite Entertainment publiera le premier numéro de Project Superpowers: Blackcross supervisé par Warren Ellis (comme annoncé précédemment) et illustré par Corton Worley (The Shadow, The Shadow Now).

*Les deux auteurs invitent le lecteur à prendre part à un sinistre voyage loin des héros bariolés de l’âge d’or, dans la petite ville de Blackcross, nichée dans le Pacifique. Chaque petite ville à son lot de secrets, mais Blackcross a plus de secrets que nulle autre… C’est un lieu solitaire, hanté par quelque chose d’impossible.
Project Superpowers: Blackcross est une histoire de fantôme dévoilant ce qui se cache de l’autre coté de la nuit, à travers la foret et la brume d’une ville éloignée, pour saisir le cœur de ses habitants - ses victimes qui n’ont aucune idée de ce qui les attaque avant qu’il ne soit bien trop tard. *

Ci-dessous, les couvertures de Project Superpowers: Blackcross #1 par Jae Lee et Jason Howard:

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[quote] December 17, 2014, Mt. Laurel, NJ - Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce the full creative team for Project Superpowers: Blackcross, a supernatural thriller written by comic book luminary Warren Ellis. Colton Worley, the fan-favorite Dynamite mainstay whose previous works include The Shadow Now and The Complete Dracula, will lend his atmospheric, hyper-realistic art style to the project. The March 2015 debut of Blackcross will be supported by a generous helping of variant covers from industry superstars and previous Ellis collaborators, including Jae Lee, Tula Lotay, Declan Shalvey, Jason Howard, Gabriel Hardman, and interior artist Colton Worley himself.

Dynamite first announced Ellis’ participation in a Project Superpowers series in April 2014, but today marks the first public statement of Worley’s involvement in the project. “I’m delighted by Colton Worley’s art,” says Warren Ellis. “It’s the kind of dark, muscular, classical American comic-strip illustration that I thought they didn’t make any more, with the control of light and shade that makes the whole thing feel like a supernatural thriller from noir cinema.”

Colton Worley says, “Ellis wrote a hell of a good script for me and everyone else to work off of. We’re all very happy with the end result and glad we can show it off a little before everyone has it.”

Alongside a handful of Dynamite’s most beloved cover artists, Project Superpowers: Blackcross #1 will showcase a number of artists from Warren Ellis’ most popular recent releases, including Declan Shalvey (from Ellis’ acclaimed run on Marvel’s Moon Knight), Tula Lotay of the Image Comics title, Supreme: Blue Rose, and Jason Howard of Trees. Jae Lee, the superstar artist of Batman/Superman, has a long history of providing highly sought-after cover editions for Dynamite Entertainment titles, as have Gabriel Hardman (Magnus: Robot Fighter) and, of course, Colton Worley.

“Since our initial announcement, fans have consistently been asking us two questions: who will be the artist, and when will the series ship? Warren wanted to have multiple scripts written, as well as the right artist on-board (and well into the series), a preference that we stand behind, since we want to ensure on-time delivery for fans and retailers. Warren was very hands-on with the selection of the artist, and we’re proud to announce that Colton Worley will be the visual foundation of Blackcross,” says Nick Barrucci, Publisher and CEO of Dynamite Entertainment. “With Warren Ellis at the helm, we couldn’t do any less than gather the best! The next chapter in the Project Superpowers saga is a mind-blowing, spine-tingling descent into the shadows, and rest assured, it’s in good hands.”

Project Superpowers: Blackcross #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ January 2015 Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in March. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Blackcross #1 with their local comic book retailers. Project Superpowers: Blackcross will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.[/quote]

Donc c’est Twin Peaks avec des masques ?

ça a l’air bien.

Voici les premières pages suivies des couvertures variantes du premier numéro:

[quote]I’ve had a vague itch to play with this group of public domain characters since the 1990s. Nick [Barrucci] and I had been talking about working together for a while, and they turned up on a list of possibilities. I was sitting outside one evening while on the road in the US, going over the list, and had one of those lucky moments when an approach to these characters just dropped into my head. At which point, you have to write it out of your system or it just sits there and nags at you for years. So here we are.

I was wandering in the Pacific Northwest at the time. Close to “Twin Peaks” country, you know? That had a lot to do with it. The trees are not what they seem and all that. Also, of course, the closer you get to the earliest superhero fiction, the closer you are to its roots, which combine crime, science fiction and weird tales.[/quote]

[size=150]INTERVIEW DU SCÉNARISTE WARREN ELLIS[/size]

Trois pages supplémentaires:

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[size=150]INTERVIEW DU SCÉNARISTE WARREN ELLIS[/size]

Ci-dessous, quatre pages de Project Superpowers: Blackcross #2:

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Bon, c’est plutôt pas mal, tout ça.
Ça débute à la Ellis, avec une scène quasiment silencieuse sur plusieurs pages. En ensuite, on passe aux différents personnages dont le point commun est de vivre dans (ou autour de) une ville appelée Blackcross : les fédéraux qui mènent l’enquête sur une mort suspecte (pas celle du début), une diseuse de bonne aventure qui a des visions, un homme intégré au programme de protection des témoins…
Pour l’instant, c’est très décousu, les liens sont ténus voire imperceptibles. Tout repose sur l’ambiance et les sous-entendus. C’est du Warren Ellis un peu tricheur, en mode mineur, mais avec une atmosphère pesante.
À surveiller.

Jim

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[quote]BLACKCROSS #2

Written by: Warren Ellis.

Art by: Colton Worley.

Covers by: Tula Lotay, Declan Shalvey, Gabriel Hardman.

Description: In the quiet Pacific Northwestern town of Blackcross, something terrible is happening. A man has burned himself to death by the lake, but there’s no body. A man under witness protection is under threat. A serial killer is murdering his way towards the town limits. And supernatural figures stare out through mirrors and windows, haunting their own doppelgangers. The alternative history of Blackcross is reaching out through the mist to lay its claws on the real world.

Pages: 32.

Price: $3.99.

In stores: April 1. [/quote]

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[quote]Project Superpowers: Blackcross #3
Story by Warren Ellis
Art by Colton Worley
Cover by Tula Lotay, Declan Shalvey, Colton Worley
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date May 13th, 2015
Rob Benton is in hospital and his secret is about to be revealed. But there’s another secret that he doesn’t even know he has, and now Marietta Chesler, possessed by the spirit of something from The Other Side, is coming to tear it out of him. Across town, Jeff Dumont has quietly returned from Tibet, even as The American Spirit is circling Blackcross like a raptor. When Bart Hill, head of the American Spirit case, finds out, he might not think it’s a coincidence – but something else is already stalking Bart…[/quote]

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[quote]Project Superpowers: Blackcross #4
Story by Warren Ellis
Art by Colton Worley
Cover by Tula Lotay, Declan Shalvey
Publisher Dynamite Entertainment
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date Jun 17th, 2015
There’s a dead body in Marietta’s home, and the Blackcross townsfolk haunted by another world have to make peace with their ghosts if they’re going to survive what’s coming for them – a killer on his way to Blackcross, who may be trying to save this world by killing them.[/quote]

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[quote]Project Superpowers: Blackcross #5
Story by Warren Ellis
Art by Colton Worley
Cover by Tula Lotay, Declan Shalvey
Publisher Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date Aug 5th, 201
The American Spirit has Federal Agent Bart Hill’s throat in his hand. Maggie Allen is bleeding from the eyes. Marietta Chesler and Rob Benton are burying a body. Gary Preston is still missing, presumed incinerated. All these people were part of an escape plan, but it’s all gone wrong. In the penultimate episode of Blackcross, secrets are told, threats become real, and six haunted people are about to be murdered.[/quote]

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[quote]Project Superpowers: Blackcross #6
Story by Warren Ellis
Art by Colton Worley
Cover by Tula Lotay, Declan Shalvey
Publisher Dynamite Entertainment
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date Nov 25th, 2015
FINAL ISSUE!
The American Spirit is in Blackcross. Six haunted people are in his murderous path. This is where it ends.[/quote]

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