Hot Picks Top 5 #77

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Every  week before new comic book day, here are the Top 5 NEW comics to speculate/read from this Wednesday. This list is pulled straight from the latest (weekly) InvestComics Hot Picks article. Hot Picks Top 5 based on InvestComics Hot Picks #439 and new comics coming this Wednesday 8/31/16.

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Jill Thompsons Killer Inside Me #1 – IDW Publishing has a hit on their hands here. Completely sold out. 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #1 – Top name creators in the industry lend their creative talents to this new monthly Turtles book. It’ll have various stories in it from various talents. The first issue features a story from Kevin Eastman and Bill Bill Sienkiewicz. Lovely.

Amazing Spider-Man #17 – This comic will have the debut of Electro. The female one. 

All-New Wolverine Annual #1 – Wolvergwen and Spiderine make an appearance. Who are they? Who knows? Find out in this issue.

Harley Quinn And Her Gang Of Harley’s #5 – The origin of Harley Sinn.

Amazing Spider-Man #17

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All-New Wolverine Annual #1

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Jill Thompsons Killer Inside Me #1

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #1

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Harley Quinn And Her Gang Of Harley's #5

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Here are the rest of the comics appearing in this week’s InvestComics Hot Picks #439. Click the link to read now!

Justice League Of America #9

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La Muerta Last Rites #1

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Old Man Logan #2

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IC 100 Club Pick: Ms. Marvel #1 (1977) 8.0.

Suicide Squad War Crimes Special #1

Future Quest #4

Gotham Academy Annual #1

DC Comics Bombshells Annual #1

Justice League Of America #9

Old Man Logan #2

Silver Surfer #6

Witchfinder City Of The Dead #1

World Of Tanks #1

DC Comics Bombshells Annual #1

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Spawn #265

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Spawn #265

Ant #1 (2012)

Savage Dragon #180 (2012)

Monty The Dinosaur #1

La Muerta Last Rites #1

Skip To The End #1

Henchgirl #10

Edens Fall #1

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InvestComics Hot Picks #439

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Each week InvestComics seeks out a comic(s) on Ebay for $100 or less and then brings it to the attention of our fans. We call it IC 100 Club Pick. The idea is to get a great book at a great price. We do not own nor are we selling these comics. The comics are found by a random process. We do not know the ebay seller(s), nor are we promoting the Ebay seller. Any knowing from the Ebay seller of InvestComics or its affiliates is purely coincidental. (See disclaimer for more details).

Ms. Marvel #1

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IC 100 Club Pick: Ms. Marvel #1 (1977) 8.0. When Marvel Studios hits theaters with their first female lead comic book movie, it’s going to be huge. It will make movie goers and comic fans forget about the Wonder Woman flick very, very fast. How can we say this? Well first and foremost, it’s an opinion. Secondly, Warner Bros. has not yet had an answer for any of the Marvel movies as far as the “level” goes. Will the Wonder Woman movie be good? Probably, but Marvel will out-do DC with their female lead movie Ms. Marvel. It will be set in modern day and appeal radically to the younger and older female audiences as Disney KNOWS how to do. It will happen. Disney KNOWS marketing. So with that confidence stated, this week’s IC 100 Club Pick is Ms. Marvel #1 (1977) graded at a low 8.0 and the low price of $79.99. This low grade will not matter once the movie hits and the popularity of Ms. Marvel is at its peak. This movie will be huge. This first appearance of Carol Danvers as Ms. Marvel will be untouchable. 

Before reading ahead, we feel we need to warn you that our articles contain very harsh truths in them. Not vulgar language, just a good solid dose of honesty. They always have, they always will. If you are easily offended, cannot come to terms that other people have opinions too beside yourself and especially if you’re a fanboy, discontinue reading. Go back to the other places selling you the farm. This is NOT the place for you. We’re here to have fun and not lie to you. Thank you and enjoy!

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DC Comics Bombshells Annual #1

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Harley Quinn And Her Gang Of Harley's #5

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Justice League Of America #9

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Suicide Squad War Crimes Special #1

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Want to know the real deal with Harley Sinn? Where she came from, how she became a villain, etc. Well find out in Harley Quinn And Her Gang Of Harley’s #5 this Wednesday! The origin of Harley Sinn.
The premiere Suicide Squad writer returns for a one shot. Suicide Squad War Crimes Special #1 by John Ostrander.
The introduction of a new hero will happen in Future Quest #4. Writer Jeff Parker and artist’s Steve Rude and Aaron Lopresti are bringing it.
Two DC annuals to check out. First annual ever; Gotham Academy Annual #1 from Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher. The origin of the first Bombshell; Batgirl in DC Comics Bombshells Annual #1 this Wednesday.
As Warner Bros. is a bit late to the superhero movie party, DC is a bit late on the variant cover theme too. Justice League Of America #9 has a Batman v Superman Dawn Of Justice Cover. Who cares right? Well not only is the cover bad as*, it’s drawn by (insert sarcasm) some artist named Jim Lee. $3.99 cover price. We’ll take one please.

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All-New Wolverine Annual #1

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Amazing Spider-Man #17

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Future Quest #4

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Gotham Academy Annual #1

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The “new” female comic character is still a hot commodity. Mostly hot for a minute, then cools off, but then there are ones that catch on. Will the first appearance of the female Electro in Amazing Spider-Man #17 be a hot ticket? We’ll have to wait and see for about a minute…..or maybe longer.
Marvel will go to the well once again regarding their success with Gwenpool and Spider-Gwen. In All-New Wolverine Annual #1 we’ll see Wolvergwen and Spiderine. Newer mash-up’s here but this time with the all-new Wolverine character. Although the Wolvergwen character looks like a first appearance, a “Gwenverine” character popped up on a variant cover back in August of 2015. Old Man Logan #2 gets the dubious distinction of being that first appearance issue. Seems to be much like the first appearance of Gwenpool, cover only. So is Gwenverine and Wolergwen the same character? We don’t make this stuff up, we just report it. 
We’re loving the cover to Silver Surfer #6. It’s the 200th overall issue of Surfer comic book issues. The cover shows many awesome past Silver Surfer comic books surrounding him. It’s neat.

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Spawn #265

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Savage Dragon #180

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Ant #1

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Silver Surfer #6

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Dark Horse Comics offers fans two number one comics written by two fan fav’s of the industry this week. Witchfinder City Of The Dead #1 will be written by Mike Mignola and World Of Tanks #1 will be written by Garth Ennis. World Of Tanks #1 will be based on a game that has an audience of 110 million players. That’s a whole lot of possible built-in audience to reach! Two debut Dark Horse Comics to pick up. That’s some nice debut reading material here.
IDW Publishing’s Jill Thompsons Killer Inside Me #1 is sold out. A lot of buzz surrounding this book. Look for a possible bounce in the aftermarket as readers latch on to this classic story put into comic book form. They’ll be delighted and the bounce may happen.
It looks as though IDW has an answer to DC’s All-Star Batman. It’s called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #1. Various A-list creators will contribute to this new on-going TMNT series. Look for possible introductions in this first issue and as the series progresses. This first issue features a back-up story from Kevin Eastman and Bill Sienkiewicz. Now that’s some serious duo firepower. Count us in on this series and especially this first issue.
Spawn #265 will introduce a new character and will also have Ant make an appearance. Ant was introduced in Ant #1 (2012) from Arcana Studio. HER last known appearance of Ant was in Savage Dragon #180 (2012). Will Erik Larsen bring back Ant for good? Hopefully we see more. We’ll wait and see.   

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #1

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Jill Thompsons Killer Inside Me #1

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La Muerta Last Rites #1

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Henchgirl #10

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There are many indie books to definitely check out. Here are some of our highlights.
Monty The Dinosaur #1 (Action Lab Entertainment) will catch on with the kiddie’s. Make sure your kids read one or buy one a give it to a child to read. Get them reading!
Writer Brian Pulido is back with the latest in the La Muerta series; La Muerta Last Rites #1 (Coffin Comics).
Two offerings to check out from Heavy Metal this week; Reincarnate #1 and Skip To The End #1.
Scout Comics is winding down their extremely popular Henchgirl run before it moves on over to Dark Horse. Check out Henchgirl #10.
New Image Comic, Edens Fall #1.

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World Of Tanks #1

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Monty The Dinosaur #1

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Reincarnate #1

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Skip To The End #1

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Witchfinder City Of The Dead #1

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These articles focus on comics that no one is talking about or speculating on anymore. Sometimes for good reason though. There are some hidden gems among the non-elite here, but that said these are comics that have been long forgotten and simply not thought of anymore. Most of the comics in the article here are comics to be found in long box sales, but so much fun nonetheless. Some are actually a little tough to hunt down and worth some extra cash in the aftermarket, but isn’t the hunt fun too? If interested in any of these comics, most can be found by clicking the red links provided in this article or comic cover, that’s if you don’t feel like hunting or you simply cannot find it. Will any of these comics ever be of monetary value? Or again? Probably not, but with the influx of television and movies these days you never know. Here are a few InvestComics oddities to check out. Enjoy and happy hunting/reading!

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Quasar #1 (1989) Mark Gruewald writes. Origin of Quasar. Last 60 issues.

Pitt #1 (1993) Dale Keown pencils, cover art. 20 issues. This would be a fantastic movie one day if ever made.

Iceman #1 (1984) Four issue mini-series. J.M. DeMatteis writes, Alan Kupperburg pencils. Mike Zeck/John Beatty covers. Lots of creative firepower here.

Love and Rockets (1982) This critically acclaimed series is often forgotten. Fantagraphics Books. The Hernandez brothers brought a different way of comic book reading and vibe. They were way ahead of their time. The series was nominated for multiple awards throughout its 50 issue run. An ultra rare B&W cover (number one) is a hard get.

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Grim Jack #1 (1984) The creative team of John Ostrander (writer) and Timothy Truman absolutely killed it here in the first 19 issues. John went on to write the rest of the series with various artist at the helm and continued to give comic book readers a great read month after month. The series lasted 80 issues.

Starriors (1984) This long forgotten four issue series was a fun read back in the day. Written by Louise Simonson, art by Michael Chen, and all covers by Bill Sienkiewicz. Probably just a matter of time before the Starriors make a comeback.

Elementals #1 (1984) Talk about a great series. This team was Comico’s version of the X-Men. The first 25 issues; written, penciled, and cover art (most) by Bill Willingham. The series ended after 29 issues. The Elementals first appeared in Justice Machine Annual #1 (1983) Texas Comics. Bill Reinhold penciled and Michael Golden provided the cover. The Elementals were fabulous.

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InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 7-25-12

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Michael Avon Oeming and Brain Michael Bendis first released their much beloved Image Comics Powers series in 2000. Now the powers that be (pun intended) have taken this series to its first new spinoff number one issue. Powers FBI #1. Not so much a spinoff actually, but a new title name. Either way this is quite awesome for all comic book fans and they should eat this up. Expect sellouts quickly. The Powers #1 from 2000 will cost only $12 to buy, not a bad deal at all.

Desconsecrator is causing all sorts of havoc within the pages of The Mighty Thor #17 this week. Catch this characters first appearance two issues prior in The Mighty Thor #15.

….and wrapping up Marvel here, the newest X-book X-Treme X-Men #1 debuts.

DC’s Flash #11 re-introduces fans to Heat Wave. Heat Wave first appeared within the pages of the Flash #140 back in 1963. The legend Carmine Infantino graces us with the cover to this beauty. A cool $300 gets you this first appearance.

Fans find out secret origin of Pozhar in The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men #11 this week. Check out Pozhar’s debut in The Fury of Firestorm #62 from 1987. The wonderful talents of John Ostrander (writer) and the late great Dick Giordano (inks) are on this comic for only $3.   

Kid Eternity returns this week. National Comics Eternity #1 (what’s with the title?). If you’re in the market for a first “slow trending” first appearance comic, this would be the one. Hit Comics #25 from 1942 will hit your wallet for only $2000. A first appearance of a character from 1942 for only $2000? It’s not like we all don’t know who Kid Eternity is, apparently not much of a demand for the Kid. And indecently, the first post crisis Kid Eternity appears in Kid Eternity #1 from 1991. You could probably find this comic (along with The Fury of Firestorm #62) hiding out in some one dollar boxes at your local comic shop.

Batman Incorporated #3 debuts the New 52 Matches Malone. Find his first appearance in a backup story from Denny O’Neil in Batman #242 (1972). A $100 comic and a nice buy here.   

…And staying on the backup story theme here, All-Star Western #11 introduces Terrence 13 in a backup.

Superman #11 introduces fans to some sort of new alien that will be a thorn in his side for a few issues.

The Savage Hawkman #11 Introduces a villain named St. Bastion.

Image Comics’ Superman; Supreme is making a little bit of noise with his comeback. Supreme #66 comes out this week and his first appearance is in the overprinted 25 cent bins Youngblood #3 (1992). Rob Liefeld all over this comic…

Also from Image this week a new number one issue to check out; Debris #1.

Looks like Boom! Studios will try out a “Spider-Man” “Invincible” type of genre with Michael Midas Champion #1. Check it out to see if they nail it.

Mad Magazine Batman collects all of the craziness of their Batman stories in a special. If you’re a Mad fan this is for you. If you’re not a Mad fans, well you’re missing out.

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That’s it for this week! See you next Sunday with an all new InvestComics Comic Hot Picks!

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John Ostrander

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Interview with fan favorite John Ostrander by David Paul

Anyone following InvestComics and reading our reviews surely knows by now that I previously hated Star Wars. Until I yielded to my curiosity about what Dark Horse was doing and discovered, “Hey, I’m a hypocrite!”

John Ostrander is part of the reason I now find myself looking forward to Star Wars. If you’ve read Star Wars: Legacy you understand perfectly. Ostrander has contributed to expanding the world of Star Wars that others may not have considered. As a result, readers have been pretty happy.

So yeah. I’m all for it. I know you are too. However, the thing that gets me excited about having a chat with John Ostrander is GrimJack. I promise I’ll get to the “good stuff”. But first…

DP

John, so nice of you to let us shamelessly promote you and your current work. *jab-jab*

JOHN

I’m here to shamelessly hype and even pander. Let’s get this bucket in the well!

DP

Let’s start out with little Johnny. Who did you read when you were growing up and what was the moment you knew you wanted to write comics?

JOHN

Little Johnny’s first exposure to comics was in Catholic grade school and the comic was called “Treasure Chest”. Each issue had several features and I remember especially Chuck White and something called ‘1976: Pettigrew for President” which was set in the then far off future of the Bicentenniel year. They left a big impression on me as did the nuns with their rulers.

I read my DCs when I was younger but always had to steal a chance to read them as my mother had read Wertham’s “Seduction of the Innocent” and believed it. The only comics I was (officially) allowed to read was Dell or Gold Key or Classics Illustrated (which provided the veneer of my being well read). However, I did get two giant sized Harvey books of Will Eisner’s THE SPIRIT and that seriously warped me. Oh and Gold Key did some specials of ROCKY AND HIS FRIENDS which should be reprinted ASAP.

My first Marvel was SPIDER-MAN 49 and I was hooked on all things Marvel (well, except maybe Millie the Model). I knew for sure that I wanted to write comic books professionally when Mike Gold (an old friend and then founder of First Comics) offered to pay me money to do so. Big motivator – money.

DP

You started writing for comics back when the indies were still called Underground. Not ashamed to admit that GrimJack was/is one of my favorites. So thank you for that.

 

 

JOHN

You’re quite welcome. Not ashamed to admit I was delighted to warp sensitive young minds such as your own with that series. By the way, Underground comics were definitely different than indies. Underground were characters and comics such as Snappy Sammy Smoot, Fritz the Cat, and the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers. Not exactly the same as the Rocketeer, Sable, American Flagg or GrimJack all of whom were indies.

DP

If you were casting for a live action movie adaptation of GrimJack who would you cast? I know you’ve thought about it!

JOHN

I have thought way too much about it for way too long. I’ve considered who to cast from A listers to B movies to TV series. My main goal out of a GJ movie would be someone who would sell a lot of tickets and spawn at least two sequels with the attendant commercial tie-ins and make me LOTS of money.

Okay, more seriously – actually, I was serious but anyway – I think Viggo Mortensen would do a great Gaunt and so would Daniel Day Lewis. Back when GJ first started, Tim Truman and I liked Jack Palance. Hugh Jackman could do it although he may be too good looking. On the small screen, Edward James Olmos would do well. I’ve also always liked Wes Studi as a possible Gaunt.

DP

Yeah, the only way Hollywood execs would green-light the project with that above short-list would have to be getting Jackman in the beret. But I think Lewis could still knock it out of the park. Anyway! So much has changed since you first started. Your career has seen a lot of success with those changes. Both mainstream and indie. Can you tell us what it’s been like for you, adapting over the years?

JOHN

Work is work really. The rules change a little from publisher to publisher but actually, most days, I have less problems with continuity on STAR WARS than I would, say, on X-MEN or BATMAN. The biggest change is and will be comics going digital. That will be a game changer with creators potentially able to get their creations out to the public without necessarily going through existing publishers.

DP

Think back to the young writer you once were. Ever imagined it could have been the way it is now, enjoying the kind of success you are now?  I mean, we all know you own a house in every country on the planet.

JOHN

And every planet in the solar system. Seriously, success waxes and wanes. I’m mostly interested in telling a good story. I like to think that, in that respect, I am a success. For me, being a success is continuing to make a living off what I love to do – tell stories.

DP

Modern tech is having an effect on comics, no doubt. When you approach a new story are their special considerations toward the artist in scripting?

JOHN

I don’t always know who the artist will be for a given story but I prefer it when I do. It may take a few issues but I try to learn what the artist does well and maybe not so well and what he or she really likes doing and slant the story towards that as best I can. But ultimately, it really is all about the story. You do what’s right for that.

DP

I think it’s safe to say you’re a Star Wars geek. You’ve got like, what? 15 series titles to your credits? Something like that? You’ve made a serious contribution to how readers think of Star Wars now.

JOHN

I’ve deforested small sections of the planet with my output, yes.

DP

Editors and publishers like to spin titles their way. But I want to know how you pitched this new series to Dark Horse. What’s “Agent” about for you?

JOHN

I really DID pitch it as “James Bond meets Star Wars” but it’s more than that. This book is a chance to see familiar faces and settings from a different perspective. If the Empire is evil, can you be a good person and still work for it? IS Jahan Cross a good person? Certainly, he thinks so but who thinks of themselves as evil? The readers will have to make up their own minds.

DP

When you were scripting this did you have a specific artist in mind?

JOHN

No. My esteemed editor, Randy Stradley, found our artist. I think the art looks great.

DP

Okay, so big question here: you a James Bond fan? Because I’m pretty sure I picked up on a little scene very reminiscent of classic Bond.

JOHN

A fan but not of every movie nor of every Bond. I have my faves and my. . .lesser faves. Top ones? From Russia With Love, Casino Royale, Goldfinger and in that order. My two favorite Bonds? Sean Connery and Daniel Craig.

DP

It’s curious to me that you can skip around throughout the time-line in the Star Wars universe. You spent a lot of time defining the future of that universe but what’s your personal favorite time and setting to write in?

JOHN

Honestly? It’s whatever era I’m currently working in. Right now it’s 3 years before A NEW HOPE (the setting for AGENT OF THE EMPIRE) and 24,000+ years BBY which is the setting for DAWN OF THE JEDI that Jan Duursema and I are doing and will be out in February 2012 hype hype hype.

DP

It’s my honor to inform you that the geeks have chosen you as their new Star Wars god. That’s right. Lucas is out, you’re in. But in all seriousness, you write a LOT of Star Wars. You’ve written for other franchises, but is there a franchise you haven’t gotten your hands on yet that you would absolutely love to – and what would you do with it?

JOHN

I really want to know what happens NEXT in Joss Whedon’s FIREFLY/SERENITY series. It has overtones of the Civil War here in America and what happened in the West afterwards. I’m a big fan of that in general and the Whedon series in particular. I’m not sure where I would take it but the nice thing about comics is that the Special Effects budget is unlimited, I’d also love to do a BLACK ADDER comic, keep the comedic tone and take it into the world of superheroes and villains.

DP

Man, we have seriously got to make that happen! Both Firefly and Black Adder. Not sure how popular the latter franchise is here in the states but it would be so worth it. But on a more serious note: when the aliens take over and appoint you their liaison and make you personally responsible for acquiring human flesh to satiate their furious appetites who will be the first to be sacrificed?

JOHN

Grover Norquist. The jerks who did the mortgage derivatives and tanked our economy. Sports coaches who mess around with children. Actually, anyone who messes around with kids. Most of the talking heads and pundits in the media except Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert and sometimes Bill Mahr. And Rachel Maddow and Keith Olberman. Yes, I’m a flaming liberal. And proud of it.

 

DP

Future GrimJack plans?

JOHN

I’m going to wear the new GJ beret that fan Margie Helmuth made for me and that looks KILLER on me. I’d love to do more STORIES when Tim Truman has the time (he’s been working on his new HAWKEN series with his son, Ben Truman, and I am so JEALOUS). Maybe I should try to write a GrimJack novel.

Hmmmm.

DP

John, thanks so much. Best of luck with everything!

JOHN

We now return you to your regularly scheduled mind already in progress.

 

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