Disgraced Micah Wright Staging Comeback On Kickstarter
Except Wright was never an Army Ranger, and stories like the introduction to You Back the Attack, detailing his participation in the 1989 invasion of Panama, were completely false. The truth came out in a 2004 Washington Post article, and according to his subsequent apology, Wright had never gotten further in the armed services than Army ROTC.
The news brought a swift end to his comic book career, with both Stormwatch: Team Achilles and a planned update to DC's Vigilante canceled, and word that he had been essentially blacklisted from the industry. In the interim eight years, Wright has worked steadily as a video game writer, but is now attempting a comic book comeback via a Kickstarter-funded original graphic novel titled Duster.who advised him, "Stop defending yourself. It only makes it worse." Nearly a decade later, Busiek is quoted on Duster's Kickstarter page, calling the work "a gripping, compelling story."
Busiek isn't the only well-respected comic book professional who has given his endorsement to Duster. The Walking Dead's Charlie Adlard, Finder's Carla Speed McNeil and Hitman's John McCrea are all providing covers or chapter illustrations. The main cover is by veteran creator Howard Chaykin, who Wright says he's known since 1995.
Duster has been in the works, in its very earliest form, since Comic-Con in 1995, where Wright says he had a particularly vivid dream about Nazis arriving on his grandparents' farm.
"At the end of the dream, my grandmother had gotten on board the Nazi's plane and discovered that their big secret was that they had smuggled Hitler out of Nazi Germany," Wright said.
"It's mostly funny stuff," said Lender, the book's co-writer, of his past work, "but Duster has an enormous amount of funny stuff in it. Micah and I both feel that in order to have the darkness, you have to have the light."
"This particular story can't be told with a male protagonist," Lender said. "The text of the story is people fighting Nazis in West Texas just after the close of World War II in Europe. But the subtext of it is about the changing roles of women in that era, because they're getting out of the home, and into the workplace, and that's more than accepted, it's necessary. And after that, the jobs and opportunities that are available to women completely changed. That's really what the story is about."
[Full disclosure: Wright was a family friend when the author of the article was a child, but has had only limited interactions with him in the past 15 years.]Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's FACEBOOK and TWITTER