CREATORS REACT TO MARVEL CHANGES:
QUESADA IN, HARRAS OUT AS EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

In a move all but guaranteed to affect comics for years to come, Marvel Comics announced yesterday that Marvel Knights editor Joe Quesada would be replacing Bob Harras as the company's editor-in-chief, effective immediately.

Exactly what that means for Marvel Comics, those who create comics and those who read them, remains to be seen, of course, but the creators who know and have worked with Quesada or Harras or both often had strong feelings on the subject Wednesday.

"Without sounding like I'm dancing on Bob's grave, I think this is a great opportunity for both Marvel and for Joe," Mark Waid, former Marvel writer and editor, told the Comic Wire ...

'EXTREMELY GRATIFYING'
CASEY ON POST-'SPANDEX NIGHTMARE' WILDCATS
PREVIEW: 'WILDCATS' ANNUAL 2000

One flagship franchise isn't big enough for Joe Casey.

The Internet was abuzz earlier this week with the news that Casey was replacing J.M. DeMatteis as the writer of DC Comics' "Adventures of Superman." While DeMatteis' last issue will reportedly be December's #588, the assignment's too new for Casey to talk about when he's coming on board or what fans can expect.

"Yes, I have the gig, but that's all I can say about it for now."

What he can talk about is his work on the flagship title for one of DC Comics' subsidiaries, Wildstorm's "Wildcats," which Casey and artist Sean Phillips have been moving in a very different direction from its origins in the early days of Image Comics.

"Well, it's been a tricky situation," Casey told the Comic Wire on Tuesday. "Fans who have a vice-like grip on the original Spandex nightmare versions of the characters are having a tough time of it ..."

THE BOOK OF MAGIQUE GETS A NEW NAME,
RAAB EXPLORES TERRA INCOGNITA

Fans of supernatural adventure comics can tell you: Names have power. If nothing else, the wrong one can land you in trouble with your competition's lawyers.

This fall's DC/Wildstorm annuals focus on the supernatural side of the Wildstorm Universe and also serve to introduce a teenage magic-slinging heroine to the line. The company had already announced that "Magique" would be receiving her own monthly title when it was pointed out that Marvel Comics had their own teen sorceress, coincidentally stepping back into the spotlight after several years, well, dead, named "Magick." Oops.

But the erstwhile-Magique has gotten a new name and her book -- now a six issue miniseries -- will be coming out this winter ...


DEVIN GRAYSON AND THE SECOND LIFE OF DR. HUGO STRANGE

Readers of DC Comics' "Gotham Knights" series have been wondering who the mysterious narrator of the series has been. They seem to know all about the Batman family, including secret identities and their personalities and motivations.

So when series writer Devin Grayson sprung the presumed-dead psychologist Hugo Strange on fans, that, in some readers' minds, was that. After all, Hugo had made his mark in the Batman mythos by deducing who was under Batman's cowl and striking at him through his Bruce Wayne identity.

Nice theory, but wrong ...

THE TALENT DESERVING OF ANOTHER DRINK:
TONY MILLIONAIRE MEETS (AND PARTIES WITH) HIS PUBLIC

Seattle-area fans of Tony Millionaire's "Sock Monkey" can congratulate him on his recent Eisner award win as Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition this Saturday ...

AND FINALLY

Comic Wire readers who only check in on Mondays and Thursdays miss the daily Comic Brief press releases and previews, and this week, they missed ...

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