Ellis ends NEXTWAVE, picks up THUNDERBOLTS
Well, Warren Ellis’ brilliant NEXTWAVE is coming to an end with issue #12.
Here Ellis explains that he chose to end the book rather than have a new artist come in. Marvel didn’t want to pony up the dough to keep Stuart Immomen on the book, so that’s that. And I agree with it. This book has been such a gorgeous, mind-bendingly hilarious duet between writer and artist I really wouldn’t want to see someone else do it — and, as Ellis said, it’s hardly fair for them to put Immomen on something else while he continues to do it, essentially firing the poor guy because he did his job so well.
Good news (maybe…) is that Ellis is taking over THUNDERBOLTS - a book I’ve never really liked but trust Ellis can make good.
My problem with THUNDERBOLTS (a book about villains who become heroes) has always been that it’s one of those books that you have to be a real Marvel comics nerd to properly enjoy.
Ellis took STORMWATCH, a really terribly little superhero book, and made it great – transforming superhero fiction until it morphed into THE AUTHORITY, which is still running today, and drawing great talent to the property, which he completely transformed.