Previously … On Comics: Passings, Reincarnations, and Promotions

In an impromptu Twitter chat some time ago, I learned about Amethyst. Today, I’m starting off this Previously on a sad note with the death of her co-creator, Ernie Colón, who passed away at the age of 88 following a long battle with cancer. Aside from the Princess of Gemworld, Colón leaves behind a creative legacy that spans over six decades and includes not only comics, but sculpture, writing, and painting as well.

The First Ten Lives of Moira MacTaggert

In a 2016 interview, architect of the X-Men’s new world order, Jonathan Hickman praises the novel The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North. Now, three years later, his House of X #2 reveals a very similar plotline for Moira MacTaggart, where she relives several lives from birth and shares her knowledge with Charles Xavier in order to manipulate the future of mutantkind. The concept is not the least bit new or proprietary to North’s work, but notably, this issue offers several easter egg references to Groundhog Day, the Möbius strip, and the title of the issue, “The Uncanny Life of Moira X,” calls back to the 1915 novel, Strange Life of Ivan Osokin by P. D. Ouspensky. No such acknowledgement of North’s work seems to exist on the pages, despite Hickman expressing his interest in the book on record.

Marie Javins’ Well-deserved Promotion

The Justice League’s Group Editor, Marie Javins has been promoted to the position of DC’s Executive Editor of New Publishing Initiatives. Javins will be heading up a new internal division that promises a renewed focus on international efforts that, according to Newsarama’s sources, is a “a big deal to Warner Bros. and AT&T.”

Quick Hits

Rob Liefeld will be launching a comic book insider YouTube channel.

UK comic prices will rise after Diamond’s recent announcement, as reported by Bleeding Cool.

Mariko Tamaki and Gurihiru are giving Venom and Spider-Man the Freaky Friday treatment in a new title.

Despite four accusations of sexual assault, there’s been no arrest for Jai Nitz, though the writer has been banned from the University of Kansas.

Webcomic Librarian Luma Lilac continues efforts to catalogue stories featuring LGBQT characters and more.

BREAKS creator Emma Vieceli reports that the comic is being hidden in the Tapas app because Apple has deemed it overtly sexual.

Dan Didio is concerned about the nostalgia that drives the comics book industry. Mhm. Really, Dan. Really.


Wendy Browne

Wendy Browne

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