We've talked to Brian Reed a lot lately about all the work he's doing for Marvel, from his Secret Invasion: Spider-Man mini-series and Ms. Marvel Annual to his street-level stories in Secret Invasion: Front Line .
Newsarama has also talked with the writer about his universe-shaking work on Red Sonja for Dynamite Entertainment.
But a couple weeks ago, we noticed his name on the October solicitations for a different title. And more importantly, for a different company.
So when we saw Reed as he was leaving his scheduled signing at the Marvel booth at San Diego Comic-Con, we asked him about the gig for DC Comics and caught up on the latest issues of his comics that had hit shelves since the last time we talked.
"I'm writing a fun little story for the DC Universe: Halloween '08 special," Reed said. "This came about from talking to DC about doing other things with them that were bigger, but never came together."
Although Reed wouldn't say what those "bigger" things were, he said his idea for this Halloween special was the only thing that ended up happening with the company -- so far, anyway.
"What was really funny was, the last thing had just kind of not happened, and the very next day, I get a call from DC saying, 'OK, look, this Halloween thing is already approved. Do you want to do this?'" Reed said.
DC Universe: Halloween '08 will feature stories by Reed, Mark Verheiden, Jai Nitz, Mike Johnson and others, and will include stories about Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Titans, El Diablo and Faust. The issue's solicitation says that "evil has won," so Reed's story, which is eight pages, may have something to do with that big Crisis everyone's talking about at DC.
"I don't know how much I'm allowed to say yet. My story takes place in Gotham City on Halloween night. And if you know how I write things, you can probably figure out what it's about," he said.
Knowing how Reed "writes things," we took a stab and guessed it was a street-level story, like his Front Line title.
"There's a little bit of that. There's a little bit," he said with a laugh.
Reed said that, although the perception among readers may be that he is a Marvel exclusive writer, he's not currently under contract with the company.
"I am not. I'm not saying I wouldn't like to be. But I'm not," Reed said.
Having just finished a signing, we asked Reed how the reaction had been to his first issue of Secret Invasion: Front Line.
"Everybody seems to like it. Everybody's told me they love it because it's so different. They say, 'This isn't what I'm seeing everywhere else,'" the writer said. "It's funny that the thing I thought was cool about it -- to look at Secret Invasion from the view of people on the street -- is what people are liking about it. They're saying this is something they wanted to see. Which is cool! It's nice to be right every once in awhile."
We also asked what people can expect from upcoming issues of his Red Sonja series, which still has readers asking a lot of questions since it "restarted" Sonja's life in a whole new direction.
"Coming up in Issue #36, we have more questions than answers," he said with a laugh. "But the answers start coming in Issue #37. But without Issues #35 and #36 asking all of the questions first, those answers aren't that interesting.
"We start to learn more about who this old guy was we saw in Issue #35," Reed said. "We start to learn more about what the hell's going on, and why Sonja's a noblewoman who has a husband and seems to be living quite happily when we thought she was dead. And if all these years have passed, why is she still the same age? And so we start getting a lot of those questions answered, but we still get a lot of questions asked."