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Welcome to the most popular and longest running comics column on the internet. In its various forms, Lying In the Gutters has covered rumours and gossip in the comics industry for twelve long glorious and quite scary years. All stories are sourced from well connected sources and checked with respective publisher representatives before publication. The veracity of each story is judged by me and given a spotlight – Green is the most reliable, Amber means there’s likely an interest involved or the likelihood isn’t set and Red means even I can’t quite bring myself to believe it.

Lying In The Gutters is for your entertainment. Neither Fair Nor Balanced.

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Told ya.


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The final Batman story arc that leads into “Infinite Crisis,” and out the other end with the One Year Gap (including that spoiler I was so careful to whiteout – and then you bastards went and put up on your own message boards without spoiler warnings).


The story arc, which wraps up Batman and the Red Hood, was supposed to be called “God Only Sees Us Kill.”

I understand that DC’s legal department took issue with the title at the 11th Hour The whole “God” thing. So Winick proposed “the gods only see us kill” in nice small letters. Still no. Too reminiscent of the first. So Winick went with “They Only Watch Us Kill.” He got a “no” again, this time the “shooting” aspect was the problem.

Dan DiDio told legal to shut up and let the last one stand. He offered to go back to the second one, but Winick let it go.

The arc is meant to be quite the doozy. Lots of positive murmurings around DC. And remember, Winick is on the dark side of the DC Universe… and who tipped off legal about the title, anyway? Not usually their area of interest…


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Marvel is exploring the publication of a line of Western comics. Not in the recent “Rawhide Kid” vein, but a mix of reboots of existing Marvel characters, and new concepts. Steve Englehart and Marshall Rogers are working on a “The Black Rider” proposal, reviving an Atlas character from the 1950s.


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This will replace the sequel to “Batman: Dark Detective” in their schedule that had been greenlit for them and Terry Austin to work on, but recently put on hold. Going against Mark Waid’s (light side) recent statements about Batman reported by LITG, their more “upbeat” Batman from “Dark Detective” was declared not in keeping with the current incarnation, as seen in Judd Winick’s (dark side) work, the darker, more brooding character. Bruce Wayne, post-Crisis, is completely the opposite of Englehart’s version of the character. Mind you, when Grant Morrison (light side) gets his fingers on it, this should change. So hold on, “Dark Detective” fans, your moment may still come!


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Animated series based on “Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse.” To be written by Warren Ellis. Designed by James Jean.

I played a Castlevania thing once. Was killed very quickly. There were bats.

I tracked Warren down. He told me “I’m not able to comment at this time, sorry. They have my daughter.”

I feel sorry for them. Maybe Warren can pick up the pieces.


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Frank Cho has extended his exclusive contract with Marvel until March 2008.

Here’s a page from his “New Avengers” issue #15…


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Take One Spidey

Add One Shadowhawk. Mix.


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As well as a number of covers for “X-Men: The End,” “Fantastic Four Wedding” and 4-5 pages for “Young Avengers,” Gene Ha is working on an unannounced Wildstorm project. May be a while. The 49ers took almost four years.


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For those of you scouring the shelves for adult entertainment, be warned of “The Fantastic Whores” brought out to coincide with Marvel’s movie treatment of their own first family.

The comic conection is very vague– it consists of a comic fan leaving a comic shop with the big “4” logo, then reading a copy of “Identity Crisis” (the one with the Wonder Woman bondage/rope cover). Panels are then recreated by “actors” who then have sex.



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DC Comics visit MacGuire Air Force Base! They may spell it “McGuire,” but they really did!

Nachie Castro, Associate Editor and Jeanine Scjaefer, Assistant Editor.

Mike Zagari, Designer and Maria Cabardo, Art Director.

Using Nachie as bait. That’ll serve him right for “Batman Strikes!

Maria’s got a toy to play with. Run.

Bill Rosemann imagines this robot is Bill Jemas. Bill fights Robot Bill. Ah, that takes me back.

Dave McCullough, Manager, looking a little too pleased.

Ivan Cohen, Coordinating Editor. Glad he wasn’t wearing a cape today.

Mike? Or The Atom,? You decide.

Stuart Moore! At War!


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All right. All right. Who set the deer on John Layman?


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Order deadline is getting closer for this month’s Previews. So a quick run down.

“The Flying Friar,” written by me, drawn by Thomas Nachlik and lettered/edited by Thomas Mauer, is published by Speakeasy in Decemeber. But preorders have to be in now, and hey, if you want to try it, preordering is probably the only way.

So I’m offering a money back guarantee. Email me on and tell me which shop you preordered the book from, and I’ll refund your money if it doesn’t meet your exacting standards. Just post it back to me and I’ll give you a full refund. You’ll need the order code, OCT

For retailers, I’ll give you money back on three shelf copies. Again, just email me at the above address.

On publication date, I’m going to print up strips of paper with a Flying Friar design by myself, signed, numbered and suitable as bookmarks. They’ll be sent to shops and readers who support the book.

“The Flying Friar” is the true story of St Joseph of Copertino, a young religious man who found he could levitate whilst in prayer or worship. In the style of “The Name Of The Rose,” this gets a cultural filter, in terms of his best friend and companion, Lux, descendant of Martin Luther. Religion vs Science. Good Vs Evil. Friend Vs Friend. And only one can come out the other side.

“The Flying Friar,” a 48 page graphic novella, out in December.

Order the fucker.


I’m on holiday in Weymouth this week. But I’ll be checking e-mail at times. Discuss this column at the Lying In The Gutters Forum.

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