The Outhouse has reported before on superstar writer Matt Fraction's son, Henry, and how power couple Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick had used their influence and connections to score the six-year-old a cushy writing job on BOOM! Studios' Adventure Time comic. But while we were, at that time, looking at the story from the angle of comics nepotism out of control, it turns out that Henry may actually be a victim in this depressing saga. In an interview with Comic Book Resources on Monday, superstar Marvel writer "The Great One" Brian Bendis revealed that not only has he personally stolen an idea for a Marvel comic story from Henry Fraction, but that it is apparently common practice among the acclaimed Portland comics scene, which refers to Henry as its "muse." From the interview:
It's very funny. Matt Fraction's six-year-old boy Henry Leo, who is the muse for many comic book writers in this city [Portland], has a ferocious imagination and is a super, super kid. He loves the "Guardians of the Galaxy" comics so much, and he loves Venom as a hero only. He can't even perceive of him as antihero or a villain, because he's six. So after the Free Comic Book Day Issue, where Tony Stark warns Peter Quill that if anything goes wrong with Venom, here's something you can do, Henry asks me, "What could go wrong with Venom? What do you mean?"
I started to say, "Well... " and then Matt made a face at me that said, "Don't go down this road with him. He's not ready yet." So I said, "Well just because he's one way on Earth doesn't mean we know what's going to happen in space." He said, "Well where's he going to go in space?" I said, "The planet of the symbiotes." And he was like, "Ohhh!" I then flat out asked what he thought was on that planet. He just walked away from me in silence. He was lost in thought. He never came back to me, and I flat out was going to steal whatever he came back to me with.
So Bendis, thwarted in his attempt to corrupt Henry with notions of anti-heroes and moral relativism, instead attempted to pilfer ideas for his Guardians of the Galaxy comic from him. For shame, Brian Bendis! For Shame!
In case you're not sufficiently enraged, here are several other quotes from the interview taken completely out of context and open to misinterpretation:
I will say though that it is one of the movies I was consulting on from its earliest germination, years before James Gunn was even part of it, and all the way through.
There would be no more Richard Rider stories at all if I wasn't writing one. So I don't know how else to put it.
With Ed McGuinness, it's funny. He's been at Marvel around the same time I've been with Marvel and that entire time Jeph Loeb had his claws in Ed. We weren't even allowed to look at Ed McGuinness! Don't even think about getting a cover out of Ed McGuinness! This is Jeph's guy!
[...] now that we know "Guardians" made $300 million dollars in less than a week we know that anything can be made into a blockbuster movie!
I'm also excited about the Squirrel Girl/Rocket Raccoon marriage issue that's coming up. It's drawn by Todd McFarlane.
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