Sunday, November 04, 2007

The Death of the New Gods, Part 1 of 2

Lightray is gone. So is Big Barda. Soon, they'll all be gone. The death of the New Gods.

I watched as writer-artist Jim Starlin was asked at WizardWorld Chicago this summer whether one particular New God or another would still be standing after this mini-series concluded. His response was that the title of the series was not The Death of Some of the New Gods. Look here if you'd like to see the two versions of the cover of the first issue.

It has been my pleasure to be acquainted with these Jack Kirby characters for over 75% of my lifetime. I've blogged previously about how important Forever People #1 was to me (look here) and I even once commissioned Fred Hembeck to draw his interpretation of the cover of that comic (look here and here). I wish that this wholesale slaughter were not occurring, but I have no control over that.

At least it's being done well. Apparently John Byrne is upset that he wasn't asked to be involved with the project (look here), but I'm very pleased with the job that Jim Starlin is doing. I've read only the first issue so far; I will have more to say and be able to deliver a proper eulogy after all eight issues of the series are published.