Posts tagged The Shade

James Robinson joined Jann Robinson, and Mark Waid for a discussion on the Word Balloon podcast at the Aw Yeah Comics store in Skokie, IL with John Siuntres. During the chat when James was asked about a follow up to the recent miniseries, The Shade he expanded on his previous explanation of what The Shade/Batman miniseries would be about if he wrote it.

Well, I mean, I have to be inventive to do more. I have to come up with an idea. I mean, it didn’t sell that well. It was sort of over looked with all of the new 52 material that was out at the same time. But I have come up with another story that involves the Shade, and it would involve all of the immortal characters of the DC Universe. It would be the Shade meeting Batman and then you know the Demon, and Ra’s Al Ghul, and all these other characters, Vandal Savage. So hopefully with the Batman element it would make it commercial enough that I might get another chance at doing the Shade. We’ll just have to wait and see. At the moment I’m very busy with Earth 2 and stuff that will be announced soon that I am working on as well.

As usual the Word Balloon episode was great, there was more Earth 2 talk, and you should listen.

James Robinson joined Jann Robinson, and Mark Waid for a discussion on the Word Balloon podcast at the Aw Yeah Comics store in Skokie, IL with John Siuntres. During the chat when James was asked about a follow up to the recent miniseries, The Shade he expanded on his previous explanation of what The Shade/Batman miniseries would be about if he wrote it.

Well, I mean, I have to be inventive to do more. I have to come up with an idea. I mean, it didn’t sell that well. It was sort of over looked with all of the new 52 material that was out at the same time. But I have come up with another story that involves the Shade, and it would involve all of the immortal characters of the DC Universe. It would be the Shade meeting Batman and then you know the Demon, and Ra’s Al Ghul, and all these other characters, Vandal Savage. So hopefully with the Batman element it would make it commercial enough that I might get another chance at doing the Shade. We’ll just have to wait and see. At the moment I’m very busy with Earth 2 and stuff that will be announced soon that I am working on as well.

As usual the Word Balloon episode was great, there was more Earth 2 talk, and you should listen.

James Robinson was at the Emerald City Comic Con earlier this month. He was part of the DC New 52 panel that Newsarama covered. During the panel it was said:

Captain Steel is an important piece to a major event in 2014 and issue #13.

When asked about more Starman spin-offs Robinson responded with:

The problem with The Shade is that it did not sell very well.

CBR reported that he sat down for an intimate chat with Matt Pizzolo. During the conversation the topic of Green Lantern, Alan Scott came up.

There are so few gay characters, I felt like it was a shame to have one of these iconic characters go away. It occurred to me why not make Alan Scott gay, and make him this cool guy?

James Robinson was at the Emerald City Comic Con earlier this month. He was part of the DC New 52 panel that Newsarama covered. During the panel it was said:

Captain Steel is an important piece to a major event in 2014 and issue #13.

When asked about more Starman spin-offs Robinson responded with:

The problem with The Shade is that it did not sell very well.

CBR reported that he sat down for an intimate chat with Matt Pizzolo. During the conversation the topic of Green Lantern, Alan Scott came up.

There are so few gay characters, I felt like it was a shame to have one of these iconic characters go away. It occurred to me why not make Alan Scott gay, and make him this cool guy?

PopMatters has an interview with James Robinson about The Shade series recently collected. The subject matter dives into the character’s relationship with class in society.

PopMatters has an interview with James Robinson about The Shade series recently collected. The subject matter dives into the character’s relationship with class in society.

The Source has a preview of The Shade #12 and talks with Gene Ha and James Robinson about the final issue.
Here is what James had to say about the series.

I’ve loved writing this series; returning to an old friend yet sending him on a new journey that I feel was fresh and unfamiliar for readers and showed the character has more facets than just a shadowy resident of Opal City. I’ve had a blast, not just with the Shade but also all the new characters I’ve created and introduced along the way. I hope you enjoyed them too.

And Gene Ha talked about its origin:

A few years ago at the C2E2 comic convention in Chicago, James walked up to my table. He’d pitched a new Shade series to DC and wanted me to do the last issue, which would also be the earliest story in the Shade’s history. It would be set right before my issue of the 1997 Shade series. I’d return to Victorian England to show how the Shade became the monster we love. I blurted, ‘Yes!!!’ I think he had a longer spiel ready, but I cut him off. This comic book had to be.

The Source has a preview of The Shade #12 and talks with Gene Ha and James Robinson about the final issue.

Here is what James had to say about the series.

I’ve loved writing this series; returning to an old friend yet sending him on a new journey that I feel was fresh and unfamiliar for readers and showed the character has more facets than just a shadowy resident of Opal City. I’ve had a blast, not just with the Shade but also all the new characters I’ve created and introduced along the way. I hope you enjoyed them too.

And Gene Ha talked about its origin:

A few years ago at the C2E2 comic convention in Chicago, James walked up to my table. He’d pitched a new Shade series to DC and wanted me to do the last issue, which would also be the earliest story in the Shade’s history. It would be set right before my issue of the 1997 Shade series. I’d return to Victorian England to show how the Shade became the monster we love. I blurted, ‘Yes!!!’ I think he had a longer spiel ready, but I cut him off. This comic book had to be.

CBR spoke with James Robinson about wrapping up The Shade miniseries coming to a close this month with issue #12. During the interview James talked about what he would like to do with Shade next.

In fact I have another idea for the Shade — a Shade and Batman story with little flashbacks to the past. I don’t know if DC will ever let me do it because sales on “The Shade” were not particularly high, but if I ever got the chance my idea would be to have the main story told by one artist for five issues, but then each issue is to have six pages of flashback portrayed by different cool artists. So yes, I like that form of storytelling and I would like to do it again, and if I ever got the opportunity I’d like to do the Shade again. I love writing the characters and I was very relieved after so many years away from him to be able to pick up the “quilled pen” and write in his voice again pretty effortlessly.

Go read the rest of the interview. 

CBR spoke with James Robinson about wrapping up The Shade miniseries coming to a close this month with issue #12. During the interview James talked about what he would like to do with Shade next.

In fact I have another idea for the Shade — a Shade and Batman story with little flashbacks to the past. I don’t know if DC will ever let me do it because sales on “The Shade” were not particularly high, but if I ever got the chance my idea would be to have the main story told by one artist for five issues, but then each issue is to have six pages of flashback portrayed by different cool artists. So yes, I like that form of storytelling and I would like to do it again, and if I ever got the opportunity I’d like to do the Shade again. I love writing the characters and I was very relieved after so many years away from him to be able to pick up the “quilled pen” and write in his voice again pretty effortlessly.

Go read the rest of the interview

The Source has posted the variant cover of The Shade #12 by Gene Ha to their website.

The Source has posted the variant cover of The Shade #12 by Gene Ha to their website.

Bleeding Cool covered the “James Robinson Spotlight Panel” at CCI. There are a lot of good Earth 2 related bits in the article. Here is a quick rundown.
Plans for the first 15-24 issues are laid out with flexibility for a Justice League/Justice Society cross-over.
Robinson has an idea for second Shade series but is unsure if it will happen because of sales
 The Justice Society book was first commissioned when the reboot was just a relaunch. Originally the idea was that the series was going to be set in the 1940s. It was Mad Men like.
We will see the Atom in issue #4
There will be an Asian member joining the team
Terry Slone isn’t going to be is good as he once was.
There is also a suprise black female reporter coming
If Starman does appear he will be a new character.
He is kicking around an idea for an Earth 2 ‘Legion of Super-Heroes’ and calling it Infinity Inc., which could also allow him to bring back Jade and Obsidian.
Geoff Johns has pans for Stargirl.
He has already written a three part golden age Vigilante backup set in Galveston that Darwyn Cooke was going to draw, but he was taken off the story to work on Before Watchmen.
I love the idea of Infinity Inc. as the Earth 2 Legion!

Bleeding Cool covered the “James Robinson Spotlight Panel” at CCI. There are a lot of good Earth 2 related bits in the article. Here is a quick rundown.

  • Plans for the first 15-24 issues are laid out with flexibility for a Justice League/Justice Society cross-over.
  • Robinson has an idea for second Shade series but is unsure if it will happen because of sales
  •  The Justice Society book was first commissioned when the reboot was just a relaunch. Originally the idea was that the series was going to be set in the 1940s. It was Mad Men like.
  • We will see the Atom in issue #4
  • There will be an Asian member joining the team
  • Terry Slone isn’t going to be is good as he once was.
  • There is also a suprise black female reporter coming
  • If Starman does appear he will be a new character.
  • He is kicking around an idea for an Earth 2 ‘Legion of Super-Heroes’ and calling it Infinity Inc., which could also allow him to bring back Jade and Obsidian.
  • Geoff Johns has pans for Stargirl.
  • He has already written a three part golden age Vigilante backup set in Galveston that Darwyn Cooke was going to draw, but he was taken off the story to work on Before Watchmen.

I love the idea of Infinity Inc. as the Earth 2 Legion!

Notes from Wednesday’s Books

Well this Wednesday’s and last. 

The Shade was again Robinson at his best:

This Minutemen Panel made me laugh. It reminded me of the Red Tornado.

Hawkgirl knows when to hit a punchline.

Helena and George Pérez sure know how to shoot an arrow.

Preview: The Shade #10

The Source has a preview of The Shade #10.

James Robinson returns to Comic Vine Podcast

James Robinson is back on the Comic Vine Podcast to talk about Earth 2, “Savage,” The Shade, and He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. James takes questions. And it looks like fans of Fury, Sandman, and Dr. Fate will be happy with upcoming issues. Go listen.