A lot of people have been emailing me about the status of the second book, wanting to know if and when it will ever be out. Yes, the second book will be out. I’m way behind schedule on it, but I am putting in time, and hope to have the first draft done by the end of summer. As some of you already know, I’m back in school, which takes up a tremendous amount of time. I also have a lot of freelance work that pays the bills, and several comic book projects, which don’t really pay the bills, but do require my attention. As a result, it might seem like I’m slacking, when in fact I’m working incredibly hard (just not on the continuing adventures of Darius Logan). I appreciate everyone’s patience, and I promise, the wait for the second book will be worth it.
In other news…later this summer I will be re-issuing Darius Logan: Super Justice Force with an all new cover, and a slightly different title. To your left you can see a little bit of the new cover, which should answer any questions as to why there is a new cover in the first place. This new art is amazing, and it will blow people away. Part of the reason for this new image is that too many people were looking at the older cover and thinking DL:SJF was a graphic novel. I wanted something that looked more like a traditional book cover and, to be honest, that was a bit more dynamic. As for the new title, it will be The Adventures of Darius Logan, Book One: Super Justice Force. I’m not going to get into the long, boring explanation for the name change, other than to say that I think with the new cover, slightly re-branding the title of the book, and therefore the Darius Logan series itself, is a good idea.
And finally, with the new cover and the slightly changed title, I will transition to using my full name, David F. Walker, as opposed to D.F. Walker. There were too many people who didn’t realize that D.F. Walker the YA author was the same person as David Walker the comic book writer, as well as David F. Walker the filmmaker. I’m just trying to make it all easier for my dozens of fans to find my work.
I know that it’s be a while since I’ve posted anything, and for that I apologize. Several people have pointed out the deafening sound of my recent silence, and have mistaken a lack of posts with a lack of work on my part. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the reason I haven’t been updating this site is because I’ve been so busy. First, there was NUMBER 13, a comic book mini-series published by Dark Horse Comics. I co-wrote NUMBER 13 along with the supremely talented artist Robert Love, and the final issue just came out last month. You can still order copies of the individual comics or digital versions by clicking HERE. The entire series will be collected into a trade paperback sometime later this year. I’m also writing a new comic mini-series, but I can’t discuss it (other than to say the artist is awesome, and the book will be great). Still plugging away on Darius Logan: No Man’s Land, the upcoming sequel to Darius Logan: Super Justice Force. You can purchase DL: SJF through Amazon. I’m also still writing for MSN Entertainment, which is always fun. And for those keeping track of such things, I’m also back in school (which will wrap up for me in December). All of this stuff has been keeping me incredibly busy, which is why I haven’t been posting as much as I should. But I promise, there’s some great stuff coming up in the near future.
I’m still working on the next Darius Logan Book, tentatively titled, DARIUS LOGAN: NO MAN’S LAND. Still working towards the goal of completing the first draft by the end of this month. Here’s a little taste of what I have so far…
Last year I co-wrote NUMBER 13, a comic book story that was serialized in the pages of Dark Horse Presents. Next month, Dark Horse will collect the entire NUMBER 13 story and reprint it in a single volume one-shot (they’re calling it #0). Click HERE to see a preview of that story. Then, in December, a three-issue NUMBER 13 miniseries will debut from Dark Horse. The story is by me and Robert Love (who is also the artist), and the final script is by yours truly.
I really am working on the new book, tentatively titled Darius Logan: No Man’s Land, and I’m trying my best to have it done and in the first half of next year. After taking a break from the book, I’m to working on it, and I just wanted to share a single paragraph with everyone. There is so much going on in book two, but I think this paragraph sums most of it up (of course, it may not even make it into the final draft).
Trust me, I know that I don’t update this site often enough, and I know that many of you are waiting on the next installment in the adventures of Darius Logan. I apologize for being remiss, but I have a really good excuse. You see, I’m back in college, and the workload is tremendous. I made the decision to go back to school and finally get my bachelors degree just before Darius Logan: Super Justice Force came out. Since then, school has taken up more and more of my time, and I never seem to be able to just sit down and work on Book 2.
That said, I want you all to know that Book 2 is coming along. The working title is Darius Logan: No Man’s Land, and as of the current draft, it is very different from the first book. As you may imagine by the title, much it takes place in No Man’s Land, which was established in the first book. Much of the new book is actually about other characters introduced in Super Justice Force, and their lives. And then there are the new characters, who will really add depth and dimension to the world Darius lives in. The big problem I’ve been facing, which has slowed the writing process considerably, is that right now more than half the book doesn’t have Darius in it. Trying to construct the narrative so that there is a better balance between what is happening with Darius and what is happening with the other characters has not been easy. And more than anything, I don’t want to write a second book that is just like the first book.
I hope to have Darius Logan: No Man’s Land out by the middle of next year. Again, I apologize for the delay, but trust me when I say, the wait will be worth it. Until then, I’ll also work on having more frequent updates on the site.
I’ve been reading the adventures of Spider-Man since before I could actually read. Back when I was a kid who had not yet learned to read, I studied the pictures in issues of Amazing Spider-Man. As it turns out, I learned how to read through the comic book adventures of Spider-Man, Batman, and the Hulk. Of all the superheroes that populate the pages of Marvel and Dc Comics, Spider-Man and his alter-ego Peter Parker has always been my favorite, occupying a special place in my heart that no other character in the world of fiction could ever hope to occupy. And then along came the new Spider-Man, teenager Miles Morales who took on the crime-fighting identity of the murdered Peter Parker, (NOTE: Peter only died in Ultimate Spider-Man, which takes place in a different universe from all the other Spider-Man comics, so he’s not all dead, just mostly dead), and suddenly I had a new favorite superhero. Continue reading
I pretty much gave up on DC Comics last year when the launched their “New 52” imitative. In fact, I swore that I would not buy any more new DC comics, and with two exceptions, I’ve kept to that oath. But I had decided that I wanted the Batman: Earth One original graphic novel by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank when it was first announced, long before the whole New 52 soured me on all things DC. So, I bought Batman: Earth One, and quickly realized it was a waste of my money. “How quickly?” you ask. It took me all of about thirty minutes—the time it took me to read the entire book—to realize I hadn’t gotten much bang for my buck. This is merely another retelling of the origin of Batman, which has been told in various mediums about a thousand times. And it’s been told better. Sure, Frank’s art is amazing—he’s an amazing artist. But Johns’s story is hackneyed at best. Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know it’s kind of difficult to inject some originality in a story that is more than seventy years old, but there’s something to be said for giving it that extra effort, which Johns doesn’t seem to be interested in doing. Batman: Year One, by Frank Miller and David Mazzuccelli, is a far superior execution of the Batman origin. And the fact that all four issues of the original Batman: Year One mini-series cost me all of $3.00 when they came out, and that the original trade paperback collection was only $9.95, makes the Batman: Earth One price tag of $22.99 all the more insulting. Even with the ridiculous discount I got on Earth One, it still wasn’t worth the price.
Hands down, one of the best graphic novels of 2010 was Brahm Revel’s Guerillas. Set during the Vietnam War, Revel’s story revolves around a group of chimpanzees trained in modern combat as part of an experimental U.S. military program. These gun-toting, cigarette-smoking chimps are highly trained killers, and they’ve gone rouge. They cross paths with Private John Clayton, a newly arrived soldier not yet cut out for the brutality of war, whose platoon has been wiped out. Realizing he stands a better chance of survival with the chimps, John joins them as they cut a deadly path through the jungle, killing all the Viet Cong they see. What John and his simian companions don’t know is that they are being tracked by a group of American soldiers led by Captain Stewart, a German scientist, and a killer baboon, all out to capture the chimpanzees. Continue reading