TIME NOT UP FOR 'CHRONOS'
With the spate of DC Comics series ending with their tie-in issues to the
upcoming DC One Million crossover event this fall, one series has been
repeatedly rumored to be teetering on the precipice itself.
But "Chronos" artist Paul Guinan says that reports of the new series'
demise have been greatly exaggerated.
"'Chronos' has been renewed for a second season, as they say in TV-land,"
Guinan told the Comic Wire Friday. "In fact, Mike Carlin will take over as
editor after Dan Thorsland leaves, which is a welcome show of support. So
much for rumors!"
Although the series has attracted a hardcore audience, it's not a
particularly large one (which was the basis of the cancellation rumors).
Guinan says DC hasn't been breathing down his neck or that of the series'
writer John Francis Moore.
"I mean, sure, we'd like to reach as large an audience as possible, but
from the start we've tried to make 'Chronos' accessible, compelling, and
fun. That's not going to change," he said. "With Carlin at the helm, it'll
be easier to tie Chronos more heavily into the DCU, so we may see more
cross-pollination in months to come."
DC is also pushing the series in several ways over the weeks and months to
come. The lead character, Walker Gabriel, will appear in a framing sequence
in the "Legends of the DC Universe" 80 Page Giant special, DC will be
shipping an extra-large order of issue nine in an attempt to get more
readers to pick the series up, and Gabriel plays an important part in the
aforementioned DC One Million crossover.
As for the near future of "Chronos," Guinan was willing to let a few hints
"You've no doubt seen the scenario of a dystopian, fascistic,
alternate-reality present created by a screw-up in the past. Well, just
such a scenario is coming up in CHRONOS - but when Walker tries to fix the
screwup, there are some nasty consequences for him.
"'Chronos' #9 and the DC1M issue are both self-contained stories. After
those, we'll follow up on earlier story lines and tie up loose plot
threads, then take the series into new territory. And don't worry about the
'cliffhanger' ending of #8 -- we'll get back there.
"Funny thing about the 'One Million' issue of CHRONOS ... Because I didn't
pencil it, I had just enough time, at just the right point in my schedule,
to finish work on the new 'Heartbreakers Superdigest' book I produced with
my wife, Anina Bennett. I hope 'Chronos' readers will check it out;
'Heartbreakers Superdigest' is a unique publication, due out in late July
from Image Comics. It's tough even to come up with comparisons -- the best
I can do is that HB 'Superdigest' is kind of a cross between 'Disney
Adventures' (mixed-media, square-bound anthology) and [Dark Horse Comics']
'Martha Washington' (female hero in science-fiction action stories). … It's
got Heartbreakers stories, crossword puzzle, maze, fumetti, text features,
lettercol, and more, in a 104-page, paperback-sized book."
And Guinan had a special message for "Chronos" fans at the Comic Book
Resources message boards, who are afraid of "Chronos" following "Major
Bummer," "Young Heroes in Love" and "The Creeper" into oblivion, and who
sign their posts with the phrase "BUY CHRONOS!":
"Please pass along my heartfelt thanks to all those vocal readers. Anyone
who liked Christopher Jones' work in YHIL will be glad to know that he
contributed a wordless, 8-page Heartbreakers story to HB 'Superdigest.'"
"Legends of the DC Universe" 80 Page Giant #1 is scheduled to be in stores