Monday, June 06, 2011

Ask Me Anything #10

Do you have any burning questions you'd like me to answer? Something bugging you about Xombi?  Well, now's your chance to find out the answer. It's the first Monday of the month which means it's time for "Ask Me Anything," where you can in fact ask me anything. Anything at all. Whether you want to know what I'm reading, what I'm writing, what I had for lunch, or really anything at all, here's your opportunity to find out the answer to whatever question you have for me.   Head down to the comment section and post your question. I'll either post my answer in the comment section as well, or answer it in a special post all its own sometime later in the month.

Please take the time to view the previous questions so that we don't wind up with a lot of repetition. You can see the previous questions by visiting Ask Me Anything  #1#2 ,  #3#4#5#6 , #7 , #8 and #9.  Answers not found following the questions can be found in the archives section for each associated month.

Now ask away.


Michael May said...

Forgive me if you've answered this before and I missed it, but as the world's biggest Halloween fan, what's your opinion on each of the ten Halloween movies?

another john said...

What's next for Xombi? Fingers crossed that it is one of the 52 titles re-launching from DC in September. You are doing a great job!

Ken H. said...

I'm knocking on wood and hoping that Xombi is one of the relaunched titles. I'm guessing you can't confirm yet, but if you can.. please do!

Also, during you Xombi pre-launch hype you mentioned working on another first issue for DC.. can you say anything about that yet or...?

Thank you!

Robert Pope said...

You (Xombi, that is) got a damned stellar review on Ain't It Cool News last week that pretty much laid out the case that you're the cream of DC's crop at the moment. If you could write (regularly, for at least 12 to 24 months) one of the "Big 3" characters, which one would it be and why?

John Rozum said...

Michael - I've only seen the first three and the 1st Rob Zombie remake.

The original Halloween is pretty decent, but not the be all end all horror movie so many make it to be. I never found it to be particularly scary. It has a real made for tv feel to it and some glaring story holes. I wrote about it more extensively during one of the last Halloween Countdowns.

I haven't seen the second installment since it first came out. All i remember was someone slipping and falling on a floor covered in blood in the world's most empty hospital.

I really like Halloween III: Season of the Witch and feel that this is the direction the franchise should have taken. Having stand alone movies using the holiday as a back drop still seems preferable to a series around the same masked killer. The line about how they got the rock from stonehenge to the U.S. is my favorite way to deal with exposition for something unexplainable, and I use it regularly.

I actually liked the Rob Zombie remake. Yes, it is plenty flawed, but I thought it was more successful in many ways than the John Carpenter version. Involving the parents as victims made everything seem more brutal, and it was plenty brutal to start with. I just wish the characters were more engaging.

John Rozum said...

Thanks for all the kind words regarding Xombi. I cannot comment on anything to do with the September reboot until DC has made their announcements about what titles will be appearing.

Whether Xombi will be continuing or not, the best way to keep it coming is to write the powers that be at DC a letter that you send them via snail mail. This means that you took the time to let them know, and therefore you really must care. The same goes for any other title you enjoy.

Robert, I'd really like to devote some time to Batman. He, and Spider-Man, were the first actual superheroes I took an interest in along with all the monster, dinosaur and Disney comics I read as a kid. The thing that appeals to me about Batman is its a series that's really psychologically oriented. Not only are all of Batman's villains messed up mentally, but Batman's pretty much a wreck as well. I always liked the idea that Bruce Wayne is who Batman dresses up as to go out into a world that he's not comfortable in. Also, you can do some pretty creepy stuff in Batman.

Chris Gumprich said...

Trying to find the best way to phrase this as a question...

Now that you've been named the writer for the revived STATIC SHOCK comic, what can you tell us about your plans for the title? Was the switch to New York City editorially mandated?

Congratulations on the new gig, and I really hope it's not at the expense of XOMBI.

Ken H. said...

Congrats on Static!

John Rozum said...

Yes, the switch to NYC was editorially mandated and scrapped carefully formulated plans with the city of Dakota and other Milestone characters.

I can't say too much now, but will say that an all new batch of villains have been created for Static, and Scott and I have been working on giving him a defining set of opponents in much the same way that Batman and the Flash have theirs. Beyond that I will just say that the intention is to bring quality storytelling that builds on the Static legacy rather than replace it.