Matt Fraction, Chip Zdarsky and Annie Wu are still collaborating on a new creator-owned superhero series, but it’ll arrive with a different title than previously announced. During the Milkfed Criminal Masterminds (Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick’s studio) panel Friday afternoon at Emerald City Comicon in Seattle, Fraction disclosed that the series originally announced as “The Recidivist” is now titled “Mr. Recidivism,” as cartoonist Zak Sally has been publishing comics under the title “The Recidivist” for years.
“It’s a superhero book, but it’s me and Chip and Annie, so y’know,” Fraction told the crowd of “Mr. Recidivism.” “It opens in 1987 when the world of crime is very prop oriented, very conceptual, very sweet and very innocent.”
Things change after the criminal at the center of the series is caught, and imprisoned for 30 years. When he’s released, Fraction said, he discovers the world he knew has been “replaced by something dark and horrible.” To illustrate this change, Fraction showed an excerpt of Wu’s art from the series, which shows the town’s Batman-esque hero The Knight in 1987 on a friendly poster that reads “Be Good,” which in 30 years evolves into “Be Good or I’ll Kill You.”
The main character then realizes he’d make a “perfect rat,” and as Fraction put it, he becomes “like a Donnie Brasco for a psychotic superhero.”
“Mr. Recidivism” was first announced at HeroesCon in 2016. The series will be co-written by Fraction and Zdarsky, and illustrated by Wu. Fraction and Zdarsky are the writer and artist, respectively, of Image Comics’ Eisner Award-winning “Sex Criminals,” and Fraction and Wu worked together at Marvel on the Kate Bishop-centric issues of “Hawkeye.” A release date has not yet been announced.
At the panel, Fraction also shared information on more new projects, including a series of “Sex Criminals” annuals that will be released between arcs. The first — which will be out after the current fourth volume, “Fourgy,” wraps — will be illustrated by Rachael Stott, of Titan Comics’ “Doctor Who” series, and will star the character of Sexual Gary, revealing the oft-wondered question of “how he became sexually famous.”
Fraction also talked “Solid State,” a graphic novel tie-in to a Jonathan Coulton concept album of the same name, illustrated by Albert Monteys. “It’s a graphic novel I wrote that dances around the raindrops of the record,” Fraction wrote in the Milkfed Criminal Masterminds newsletter. “It was a chance to superimpose my work over someone else’s and see what we could find together.”
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