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LARSEN SHEDS LIGHT ON ‘NOVA’


The next Peter Parker.

That’s what Erik “Savage Dragon” Larsen is shooting for in his new
ongoing “Nova” series from Marvel, first reported here at Comic Wire
last week.

“My initial thoughts were that Spider-Man has grown up,” Larsen told
Newsarama this week. “He’s married and in some ways he’s beyond
what made him accessible to begin with. He’s got a beautiful wife, a good
job and things are going okay. Marvel needs a new teen hero to pick up
the slack and give young readers a hero to identify with. I think that could
be our boy, Nova.”

As Larsen sees it, Richard Rider, who’s previously starred in two “Nova”
series in the past, as well as being an important member of the “New
Warriors,” is even more approachable than Parker was, back before he
married a supermodel, became best buddies with most of the Marvel
Universe (except for the obligatory mobs in the recent “Spider-Hunt”
storyline) and generally lives the life of Riley.

Larsen’s new series will feature Rider and his roommates, all of whom
split their time between community college and finding ways to use the
Nova abilities in entertaining ways.

“This is just the kind of book I’d love to do. Naturally there will be tons
of cool bad guys both old and new but the drive of the book is these 3
idiots trying to share an apartment and a secret.”

Larsen reiterated that no artistic team has been chosen, although Glenn
Greenberg will edit it.

In other Larsen news, the long-awaited official “Savage Dragon” Web
site is now online at savagedragon.com.

NEW LSH PAPERBACK TO COLLECT SERIES FROM THE
BEGINNING … SORT OF


Loyal Legion of Super-Heroes fans have meant that DC Comics has
produced more Archive editions of the future team’s early adventures
for any of its other characters, even superstars like Batman or
Superman. But fans who want to read the massive team’s adventures
from the beginning don’t need to shell out the $400-plus it’d take to
pick up all the collections.

During Tuesday’s LSH Chat at America Online, colorist Tom McCraw
and penciller Jeff Moy announced that a paperback this winter will
reprint the team’s adventures from the beginning. Their second
beginning, that is. Just as Superman restarted from square one after
DC’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” the Legion was “rebooted” following
DC’s “Zero Hour” event.

The new paperback, expected in November, will reproduce
approximately a year of LSH stories from the two Legion books,
through the “White Triangle” climax. And unlike recent omnibus editions
from Marvel and Wildstorm, the paperback is expected to be printed in
color.

In other news from the chat session, it was announced that Kevin West
will be pencilling the LSH story in the forthcoming “Adventure Comics”
80 Page Giant. West is best known for handling the art chores on
Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” series, a book about space-faring
superheroes in the far future widely regarded as being inspired by the
Legion.

MARVEL/CHAOS ‘SUPERNATURALS’ PREVIEW ONLINE


The third of Marvel Comics’ collaborations with smaller comic book
companies is this fall’s “Supernaturals” series, featuring Marvel
characters including the Black Cat, Brother Voodoo and Doctor
Strange, done by the company behind Lady Death and Evil Ernie,
Chaos Comics.

Fans who don’t want to wait that long to see what the horror-toned
alternate Marvel Universe will be like can check out the exclusive
preview pages at the 4-Color Review Web site
(http://4colorreview.simplenet.com/supernatural/supernaturals.html).

Marvel’s first collaboration with a smaller company was
Marvel/Wildstorm’s “Heroes Reborn” year-long event, which took a
fresh look at Captain America, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four and the
Avengers. And later this year, Event Comics takes on Daredevil, the
Black Panther, the Inhumans, the Punisher and – as reported here
Monday – the Black Widow in the “Marvel Knights” series of books.

Also at the 4-Color Review site is lush artwork by Paul Lee for
Marvel’s upcoming “Strange Tales” series.

MOORE EQUALS LESS FOR ‘MARSHAL LAW’ FANS


Although still a fan favorite, Kevin O’Niell’s and Pat Mills’ “Marshal
Law” series has come in fits and starts from the beginning, when the
series started in the 1980s at Marvel’s Epic Comics imprint, when a full
year went by between the fifth and sixth issues, with only eight more
issues appearing before 1997. (The two also collaborated on a pair of
“Dark Mite” stories for DC Comics in that time.)

So when fans of the dark superhero satire were bombarded, relatively
speaking, with four issues in 1997 and 1998, some might have thought
the series was finally going to be coming out on a more regular
schedule.

But then along came Alan Moore.

Moore’s forthcoming “League of Distinguished Gentlemen” from
Homage Comics, starring the fictional heroes of the 19th century, will
be pencilled by the idiosyncratic O’Niell. And that ties up half the
“Marshal Law” team until 1999, according to Mills.

But Mills isn’t sitting on his hands in the meantime: Look for an
announcement about a project at one of the majors soon.