No one can ever accuse Mark Millar of not having hellishly good success in the media markets, especially as concerns synergizing his comics properties with Hollywood. His latest is apparently meant to be a series, set in Detroit, about folks with super speed. The cover appears to feature one of the young speedsters in action:
Hm… An African-American super-speedster working out of Detroit named MPH. Where have I heard that before? Oh, that’s right, it’s a character who’s been established for nearly 20 years. He’s a recurring character in Kurt Busiek’s Astro City.
I thought for a hot second that maybe Millar had already talked to Busiek. I mean, it’s not like the writer’s some little-known, corner schmoe publishing things out of his garage or something. He’s Kurt Busiek, made of awesome. Alas, it appears, no:
@mrmarkmillar Aiee! Wish you hadn't named your new book after an Astro City hero!
— Kurt Busiek (@KurtBusiek) September 13, 2013
Sigh. Of course, since at least two comics news sites reported on the series without making the Astro City connection (though both have run recent stories on the recently-relaunched title, which should have lead to a modicum of freshness in the research department), I suppose I can’t be too surprised, though of course I’m disappointed.