As both you, our faithful readers, and we, Multiversity Comics, know, Jonathan Hickman is the bee’s knees. The guy showed up into comics like a wrecking ball several years ago, and in the process created some of our favorite creator-owned titles like “The Manhattan Projects” and “East of West” while also reinventing both the “Fantastic Four” and “Avengers” for Marvel. Hell, even his less celebrated work like “Secret Warriors” at Marvel, was still awesome and has impacted both the Marvel publishing universe and the Marvel cinematic universe ever since.
But now it appears he’s going to dial things back after a busy few years, and that means less of the latter and sticking around on the former.
I do think that going to Marvel is a very good move for some creators to make. It’s certainly been good for me. And because they’re double-shipping, you really can’t simulate the volume and velocity of the work – it’s like getting live reps in sports. Going to press isn’t something you can practice.
Saying that, I’m on my last couple of issues of Avengers and I’m into the eight issues of Secret Wars, and after that I’m taking a bit of a break. I need it. The Image work will, however, endure nap time.
That’s from an interview Newsarama put together with him about his upcoming Image series, “The Dying and the Dead”, with his “Secret” collaborator Ryan Bodenheim. We all know you’re excited for “Secret Wars” and for how his “Avengers” and “New Avengers” work will wrap, but you better drink that in and make it last a while, because you won’t be getting any more sweet, sweet Hickman action at the House of Ideas at least for a little while, and that’s at least partially because the intensity of the experience of working on books there. We will be getting his work from Image, however, so if you still want that loving Hickman feeling, make sure to check his work out over there.