Saturday, February 20, 2010

Comics and Book News: Atlas, Avatar prequel, and Space Dock 7


Marvel's rebooting Agents of Atlas again, calling it just Atlas now. I'm not so excited about the inclusion of 3D Man, but as long as it still has a talking gorilla, a mermaid, a spaceman, a super spy, a killer robot, and Jeff Parker's writing it, they can call it whatever they want. CBR's got an interview with Parker about the whole deal.

Avatar prequel

James Cameron's writing a prequel novel to Avatar to tide us over until the next movie. I suppose that's pretty cool, except that the plot sounds a bit over-ambitious to me. Avatar-producer Jon Landau described it as going "into much more depth about all the stories that we didn’t have time to deal with — like the schoolhouse and Sigourney [Weaver's character] teaching at the schoolhouse; Jake on Earth and his backstory and how he came here; [the death of] Tommy, Jake’s brother; and Colonel Quaritch, how he ended up there and all that."

Now, James Cameron isn't Matthew Costello, but this reminds me a lot of Costello's King Kong: Island of the Skull prequel novel to Peter Jackson's King Kong. That novel also tried to follow several different plotlines leading up to the movie (Carl Denham's, Ann Darrow's, and the guy who discovered Skull Island) and never did figure out how to merge them all together to tell a cohesive story. Which, of course, is because that was the movie's job. I'm not sure how Cameron is going to do that with Avatar either though and I'm skeptical.

Space Dock 7

I don't know anything about this except that it's coming in April and some of my favorite cartoonists are doing it (Grant Gould, Katie Cook, Otis Frampton, and Mike Maihack to be exact). I'm guessing it's a webcomic and with a name like Space Dock 7, it sounds pretty cool. The teaser page is here.

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