LOST & FOUND1 of 15It’s time we marked a few more of our Comic Book Cold Cases as closed, with one finally having been completed and another finally having been solicited.
The long-awaited Batman: Europa was finally published in 2016, while Genndy Tartakovsky’s long in-development Luke Cage story Cage! will hopefully ee printfrom Marvel starting in October.
Still, it's hard to think of these revived projects and not wince at the thought of so many seemingly great stories still untold, or for the completionist itch that drives many collectors not to flare up. And so, without further ado, here is a collection of Comic Book Cold Cases: Projects We're STILL Waiting For…
KIRKMAN AND LIEFELD'S KILLRAVEN2 of 15Originally announced: August 2007
Current status: Announced at Wizard World Chicago 2007, this five-issue miniseries was to pair writer Robert Kirkman and artist Rob Liefeld, who worked together on Image's The Infinite, on Marvel's post-apocalyptic freedom fighter.
Both Kirkman and Liefeld have stated that they've long since turned in the last of their work for this project, but Marvel has made no moves in publishing this miniseries.
IMAGE UNITED3 of 15Last seen: August 2010
Current status: Written by Robert Kirkman and illustrated by original Image founders Marc Silvestri, Todd McFarlane, Erik Larsen, Whilce Portacio, Rob Liefeld and Jim Valentino (with Jim Lee providing covers), Image United was an ambitious project from the start. It's also one that's only managed to get three of its six scheduled issues in stores.
In March 2011, Larsen gave Newsarama an update on issue #4, saying, the issue was "about 60% done," though no issues have been solicited since.
Larsen has been the most vocal about the series' progress, telling Bleeding Cool that "nothing ever happens on that, ever," elaborating by saying "I frankly think we should just say ‘You know what? It’s never going to happen.'"
In other words, don't hold your breath on this one.
WAR HEROES4 of 15Last seen: October 2009
Current status: Billed as "what Mark Millar had planned for Ultimates 3," War Heroes started in June 2008, with Ex Machina artist Tony Harris in tow. Three issues were released in 16 months, and with Millar now fully concentrating on creator-owned work, the comic might have a better shot now than it did in recent years especially since news broke a couple years ago that a War Heroes feature had interest from Universal.
The last word we've heard is that Tony Harris "can't draw scripts he doesn't have." As of May 2016, Tony Harris said Mark Millar still hasn't supplied any more scripts despite his continued interest in finishing it.
WILDCATS (Vol. 4)5 of 15Last seen: September 2006
Current status: A comic book written by Grant Morrison and drawn by Jim Lee. How awesome does that sound? The fourth volume of WildCats debuted in September 2006 as part of the imprint's "Worldstorm" reboot, with the high-profile creative team taking on the classic roster... and only getting one issue out.
Any hopes of it picking back up were seemingly dashed in the summer of 2008 when a new WildCats #1 debuted with a different creative team, and destroyed altogether when WildStorm was folded into the DC Universe with the dawn of the "New 52" in September 2011. The only WildStorm heroes confirmed to be a part of the current Rebirth ear are Midnighter and Apollo, so a revival at this point seems unlikely.
WILDSIDERZ6 of 15Last seen: November 2005
Current status: J. Scott Campbell's long-brewing Spider-Man book with Jeph Loeb will be heard from later on this countdown, and here he's representing with creator-owned WildStorm title Wildsiderz.
The series reunited Campbell with his Danger Girl collaborator Andy Hartnell, and featured a team of teen superheroes, not entirely dissimilar to what made the artist wildly successful with Gen 13.
Slated as a five-issue limited series, two issues (three counting a #0) have been released, with nary a peep in the last half-decade.
For years, Campbell's official website bio listed the "final two issues" as on track for "this coming year," starting in at least 2010. Now, in 2016, even that trace of the project seems to be gone.
CROSSGEN TITLES7 of 15Last seen: May 2004
Current status: The abrupt bankruptcy of CrossGen led to, as tends to happen, the cancellation of all of the publisher's remaining titles. That left a lot of series like fan-favorite Sojourn and universe-spanning miniseries Negation War completely unfinished.
Marvel now owns the CrossGen properties, and in 2011, revived Ruse, Sigil and Mystic, albeit with very different directions for Sigil and Mystic. Two more CrossGen titles, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Route 666, were solicited, but cancelled due to the poor performance of the three series that did make it to print.
As of 2016, CrossGen remains, once again, dead in the water.
19638 of 15Last seen: October 1993
Current status: Here's something that may sound familiar: A comic book written by Alan Moore and drawn by Jim Lee. How awesome does that sound?
In the early days of Image, the legendary Watchmen writer composed a six-issue miniseries paying tribute to the Silver Age of comics, with many analogues to iconic Marvel heroes depicted throughout the story. Things were intended to wrap with an 80-page annual set in the present illustrated by Jim Lee. Well, that didn't happen for a variety of reasons, and nearly 20 years later, it still hasn't happened, and with Lee clearly busy with his role of co-publisher at DC, and Moore mostly focused on his other projects, it seems like a very, very, very, very (feel free to insert as many "very"s here as you deem appropriate) long shot to ever happen.
Sounds cool, though, right?
JEPH LOEB/J. SCOTT CAMPBELL SPIDER-MAN9 of 15Originally announced: April 2006
Current status: First announced in Wizard, this was to be sort of the Marvel version of the 12-issue Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee run on Batman. Only problem is, it hasn't come out yet, though, like Captain America: White, Loeb has indicated that it's still in the works.
In March 2011, Brevoort told CBR that it's coming "slowly but surely." However, in the years since that interview, none of the involved parties have issued much of a peep on the matter, let alone a solicitation, or even a progress report.
DAREDEVIL/BULLSEYE: THE TARGET10 of 15
Last seen: November 2002
Current status: Ah, Daredevil/Bullseye: The Target. Meant to serve as both Kevin Smith's return to Daredevil and the reintroduction of Bullseye right before the 2003 Daredevil feature film, this turned out to be a one-issue wonder like WildCats Volume 4.
With rare interior art from Glenn Fabry, it's at least a sharp-looking one-issue wonder. For years, Smith contended that the book would be finished, but now, with Smith having revealed many of the book's prospective plot points - such as the titular "target" being Captain America - it seems as though The Target may be gone for good.
Too bad. The time for it would be right given the huge popularity of the Netflix show.
BATTLE CHASERS11 of 15Last seen: September 2001
Current status: Part of the Cliffhanger line along with Danger Girl and Crimson, Battle Chasers disappeared along with series creator and artist Joe Madureira, when he left the comic book industry to work in video games about a decade ago.
The last issue, #9, ended appropriately (and disappointingly) on a cliffhanger. In 2011, Image released a Battle Chasers Anthology, with Madureira telling Newsarama at the time that ending the series is "something I've always planned on doing, but it's really hard for me to commit the time to it right now."
Madureira successfully Kickstarted a video game called Battle Chasers: Nightwar in September 2015, which was also supposed to include new comic books, though nether the game nor the comic books have yet been released.
DARK KNIGHT: THE BOY WONDER12 of 15
Originally announced: April 2010
Dark Knight: The Boy Wonder was announced at WonderCon in April 2010 as the follow-up to All-Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder, set in the same continuity as writer Frank Miller's other noted Batman tales. The first issue of the six-part miniseries was scheduled for February 2011, with DC noting at that time: "Beginning in February, 2011, you will see the remaining six issues ship on time, every month." A issue has yet to be solicited, despite Art Adams revealing he drew one of the issues and turned it into DC years ago.
With a second sequel to The Dark Knight Returns currently ongoing in the form of Dark Knight: The Master Race, and more spin-offs on the way, it seems unlikely that Dark Knight: The Boy Wonder will see print any time soon.
BATMAN: WIDENING GYRE13 of 15Last Seen: July 2010
Current status: Kevin Smith's follow up to his 3-part Batman: Cacophony received mixed reviews at best, but with only six issues of its planned 12 published, Widening Gyre remains one of the old DCU's biggest dangling threads.
Due mostly to artist Walt Flanagan's commitments to reality show Comic Book Men, the delay between #6, and the as yet unpublished #7 led Smith to announce that Widening Gyre would be finished with a second 6-part series titled Batman: Bellicosity.
In a Reddit AMA in October 2014, Smith said of Bellicosity "2015, Walt and I will finish our Batman epic. And this time, no characters will have a 'bladder spasm'." As of 2016, no further word has come down about the series from DC or from Smith.
MAGE: THE HERO DENIED14 of 15Last Seen: October 1999
Current status: Matt Wagner's magnum opus has been in the works for nearly 30 years, with its first 15 part chapter, The Hero Discovered dating all the way back to 1984.
Mage's second chapter, The Hero Defined, was one of the hallmark series of late-'90's third party books.
But in the intervening years, there has been almost no movement in the publication, or even scheduling, of Mage's final arc, The Hero Denied.
Bad news for fans of Kevin Matchstick and his trusty baseball bat.
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