There have been some truly great, legendary comic runs. From Stan and Jack on the first hundred issues of <i>FF</i>, to Waid and Ross's <i>Kingdom Come</i>, there are certain collections that truly define the comic book culture of their time. But sometimes, great runs are cut short, or never even come to fruition, leaving us to wonder at what might have been. <p>It's hard to think of many of these series and not wince at the thought of so many seemingly great stories 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 <i>STILL</i> Waiting For…
<b>Originally announced</b>: August 2007 <p><b>Current status</b>: 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 <i>The Infinite</i>, on Marvel's post-apocalyptic freedom fighter. <p>With Kirkman and Liefeld both busy on other projects, and their collaboration <i>The Infinite</i> ended due to reported creative differences, this one will likely never see the light of day.
<b>Last seen</b>: August 2010 <p><b>Current status</b>: 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), <b>Image United</b> 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. <p>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. <p>Larsen has been the most vocal about the series' progress, telling <i>Bleeding Cool</i> last January 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.'" <p>In other words, don't hold your breath on this one.
<b>Originally announced</b>: August 2007 <p><b>Current status</b>: Announced in WizardWorld Chicago 2007, this 70s-style mini-series simply titled <b>Cage</b> was to be written and illustrated by the creator of <i>Dexter's Laboratory</i> and <i>Samurai Jack</i>. The comic was to debut in 2008, but as of February 2012 there hasn't been a peep about the project in years. Marvel chief creative officer (and then editor-in-chief) Joe Quesada gave <i>CBR</i> an update in June 2009, saying that the project was still a go, though the delay was due to Tartakovsky's busy schedule. <p>Back in 2011, Tartakovsky, while promoting his film <i>Hotel Transylvania</i>, stated that the comic is written and drawn, but needs to be inked and colored – something he still hasn't been able to do as of 2014. <p>With Luke Cage co-starring in Netflix’s <i>A.K.A. Jessica Jones</i> later this year and then headlining his own series in 2016, there might still be slim hope for this one.
<b>Last seen</b>: October 2009 <p><b>Current status</b>: Billed as "what Mark Millar had planned for <i>Ultimates 3</i>," <b>War Heroes</b> started in June 2008, with <i>Ex Machina</i> 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 <b>War Heroes</b> feature had interest from Universal. <p>The last word we've heard is that Tony Harris "can't draw scripts he doesn't have." As of 2014, the scripts still aren't in his hands - at least as far as we know.
<b>Last seen</b>: September 2006 <p><b>Current status</b>: A comic written by Grant Morrison and drawn by Jim Lee. How awesome does that sound? The fourth volume of <b>WildCats</b> 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. <p>Any hopes of it picking back up were seemingly dashed in the summer of 2008 when a new <i>WildCats #1</i> 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.
<b>Originally announced</b>: March 2008 <p><b>Current status</b>: <b>Captain America: White</b> was to be the next in Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale's acclaimed <i>Daredevil: Yellow</i>, <i>Spider-Man: Blue</i> and <i>Hulk: Gray</i> series of mini-series. This one even got a #0 issue in stores back in July of 2008. Subsequently, <b>Captain America: White #1</b> was solicited for October 2008, but that didn't happen, and sightings have been as scarce as the buffalo it shares a predominant color with. <p>In interviews a few years back, Loeb frequently mentioned that the series was still in the works – though most of his time these days is dedicated to his job as the head of Marvel's TV division and he doesn't mention so much anymore.
<b>Last seen</b>: November 2005 <p><b>Current status</b>: J. Scott Campbell's long-brewing <i>Spider-Man</i> book with Jeph Loeb will be heard from later on this countdown, and here he's representing with creator-owned WildStorm title <b>Wildsiderz</b>. <p>The series reunited Campbell with his <i>Danger Girl</i> collaborator Andy Hartnell, and featured a team of teen superheroes, not entirely dissimilar to what made the artist wildly successful with <b>Gen 13</b>. <p>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. <p>On his official website bio, the "final two issues" are dubbed as on track for "this coming year," though it's said that since at least 2010. Now, with nearly a decade since the last issue hit stands, it seems less and less likely we'll ever see issue #3.
<b>Last seen</b>: May 2004 <p><b>Current status</b>: 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 <i>Sojourn</i> and universe-spanning miniseries <i>Negation War</i> completely unfinished. <p>Marvel now owns the CrossGen properties, and in 2011, revived <i>Ruse</i>, <i>Sigil</i> and <i>Mystic</i>, albeit with very different directions for <i>Sigil</i> and <i>Mystic</i>. Two more CrossGen titles, <i>Kiss Kiss Bang Bang</i> and <i>Route 666</i>, were solicited, but cancelled due to the poor performance of the three series that did make it to print. <p>As of 2014, CrossGen remains, once again, dead in the water.
<b>Last seen</b>: October 1993 <p><b>Current status</b>: Here's something that may sound familiar: A comic written by Alan Moore and drawn by Jim Lee. How awesome does that sound? <p>In the early days of Image, the legendary <i>Watchmen</i> 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 <i>League of Extraordinary Gentlemen</i> and the occasional other project, 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. <p>Sounds cool, though, right?
<b>Originally announced</b>: April 2006 <p><b>Current status</b>: First announced in <i>Wizard</i>, this was to be sort of the Marvel version of the 12-issue Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee run on <i>Batman</i>. Only problem is, it hasn't come out yet, though, like <i>Captain America: White</i>, Loeb has indicated that it's still in the works in the recent past. In March 2011, Brevoort told <i>CBR</i> 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.
<b>Last seen</b>: November 2002 <p><b>Current status</b>: Ah, <b>Daredevil/Bullseye: The Target</b>. Meant to serve as both Kevin Smith's return to <i>Daredevil</i> and the reintroduction of Bullseye right before the 2003 DD feature film, this turned out to be a one-issue wonder like <i>WildCats Volume 4</i>. <p>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 <i>The Target</i> may be gone for good. <p>Too bad. 2015 would have been a good year for it given the Netflix series on its way.
<b>Last seen</b>: September 2001 <p><b>Current status</b>: Part of the Cliffhanger line along with <i>Danger Girl</i> and <i>Crimson</i>, <b>Battle Chasers</b> 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. <p>The last issue, #9, ended appropriately (and disappointingly) on a cliffhanger. In 2011, Image released a <i>Battle Chasers Anthology</i>, 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." <p>With Madureira's commitment to Marvel's <i>Inhumans</i> now fulfilled, is it finally time for a return to <b>Battle Chasers</b>?
<b>Originally announced</b>: October 2004/April 2010 <p><b>Current status</b>: Let's put this list to close with a Jim Lee two-fer: the artist and DC co-publisher has one more to hopefully not add to this list as we said in our intro, but he's already attached to a couple of unreleased projects. <p><b>Batman: Europa</b> was first announced way back in October 2004, a four-issue miniseries to be fully painted by Jim Lee and three European artists, written by Brian Azzarello. The first issue even got a release date in January 2012, but has since fallen off DC's schedule completely without an issue released. However, as of 2013, Lee said <b>Europa</b> would be his next project to finish after the then-upcoming <i>Superman: Unchained</i>, another nascent cold case that managed to wrap up only months late at the end of 2014. <p><b>Dark Knight: The Boy Wonder</b> was announced at WonderCon in April 2010 as the follow-up to <i>All-Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder</i>, 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 first issue has yet to be solicited. <p>Now, with a rumored possible second sequel to The <i>Dark Knight Returns</i> in the works, and Miller's apparent health problems, the likelihood of seeing a return to <i>All-Star Batman</i> seems to be waning by the day.
<b>Last Seen</b>: July 2010 <p><b>Current status</b>: Kevin Smith's follow up to his 3-part <i>Batman: Cacophony</i> received mixed reviews at best, but with only six issues of its planned 12 published, <b>Widening Gyre</b> remains one of the old DCU's biggest dangling threads. <p>Due mostly to artist Walt Flanagan's commitments to reality show <i>Comic Book Men</i>, the delay between issue #6, and the as yet unpublished issue #7 led Smith to announce that <b>Widening Gyre</b> would be finished with a second 6-part series titled <b>Batman: Bellicosity</b>. But, as <b>Bellicosity</b> was set to happen in 2014, and clearly has not, this remains a cold case.
<b>Last Seen</b>: October 1999 <p><b>Current status</b>: Matt Wagner's magnum opus has been in the works for nearly 30 years, with its first 15 part chapter, <i>The Hero Discovered</i> dating all the way back to 1984. <p>Mage's second chapter, <i>The Hero Defined</i>, was one of the hallmark series of late-'90's third party books.<p>But in the intervening years, there has been almost no movement in the publication, or even scheduling, of Mage's final arc, <b>The Hero Denied</b>. <p>Bad news for fans of Kevin Matchstick and his trusty baseball bat.
<b>Last Seen</b>: August 1993 <p><b>Current status</b>: Neil Gaiman's <i>Miracleman</i> story may be the great white whale of unfinished projects. <p>Cancelled when Eclipse Comics went bankrupt in the early '90's, <b>Miracleman</b> issues #25-34 went unpublished, leaving “The Silver Age,” part two of Gaiman's planned three part epic (along with the preceding “Golden Age,” and planned follow up the “Dark Age”) unfinished. While issue #25 was actually completed, it never saw print, though several pages were seen in a <i>Miracleman</i> companion book some time later. <p>There is good news, however. With Marvel purchasing the rights to <b>Miracleman</b> some years ago, both the publisher and Gaiman maintain that the unfinished issues are just on the horizon, and that the tale will someday be told. <p>Last week’s <i>Miracleman Annual</i>, with a story by Morrison drawn by Joe Quesada may be the harbinger fans have hoped for.