In an article that caused irate Comic Book Resources editors to hastily scrub the word "exclusive" from the seventeen places it would have appeared in this article, Bleeding Cool revealed this morning that Warren Ellis and Tula Lotay will be relaunching Supreme, the 1990s smash hit Image comic created by superstar artist Rob Liefeld that was about... I dunno, an EXTREME version of Superman or something like that. The new series will launch in July, and at least one person is EXTREMEly excited about the whole thing.
"It's an honor for Warren Ellis to get a chance to follow in the footsteps of one of the greatest comic book creators of the modern era," explained superstar artist Rob Liefeld, creator of Supreme, in a fictional interview with The Outhouse. "And also, Alan Moore and Erik Larsen."
Moore had a famous stint writing Supreme in the nineties, and Larsen brought back the book in 2012, but according to superstar artist Rob Liefeld, it was superstar artist Rob Liefeld who really left his mark on the property. Still, it couldn't hurt to be humble about it.
"I'm honored, of course, that Warren Ellis will be honored to work on a comic I created," Liefeld admitted. "Who wouldn't be flattered by that."
"I mean, he's no Rob Liefeld," Liefeld pointed out. "But then again, who is?"
According to Ellis, one day he "woke up with an idea, that came out of nowhere, for how to extend this most strange and storied of ‘analogue’ properties into a new space. A new floor on top of Alan Moore and Rob Liefeld’s house." Ellis wouldn't be the first to reinvent the franchise. Moore famously agreed to work on Supreme only if he could disregard the previous 40 or so Liefeld issues of the comic, citing the fact that the comic was "not very good" as the reason.
"Moore knew he couldn't follow what I'd created," Liefeld told The Outhouse. "So it was best to just start over. No need to embarrass himself. Alan Moore is a great wizard, and his beard is long and majestic, but when it comes to creating comics, there's only one Rob Liefeld."
And thank God for that.