Thursday, November 20, 2008

RIP: Noble Causes

Last night I finished the first draft of the script for the final issue of Noble Causes. I pitched the book in December 2000, and received the green light from Jim Valentino just days before Christmas that year. It was the best Christmas present I've ever received. The script for the very first issue is dated 03-21-01, so I've been writing the book fairly consistently for over 7 years. That's a pretty significant chunk of time.

Due to the soap opera nature of the book, there was never any "planned ending," like you see in other books like 100 Bullets or Y - The Last Man. Our last issue will bring some closure to some events, but I warn you -- it remains true to its soap opera roots, and the last page will likely provoke some pretty extreme reactions.

It's been a crazy 7+ years, and I don't think it's even begun to set in that I won't be writing these characters each month anymore. But I accept that this is my doing. I chose to end the book, since I was starting to feel like I had less and less to say about the Noble family. But that doesn't mean I won't miss it.

Fortunately, most of the characters will remain available for guest appearances in Dynamo 5, if I ever want to take them off the shelf again. I'm sure that will happen, but I'll probably keep my distance for awhile, just to cleanse the palate.


BrikHed said...

I was late to the party on this book but I am glad to have found it for the final 9 issues. I will add the trades or archives to a list of books to check out in the future.

Looking forward to the next big thing

Z said...

Or... you could keep the franchise alive by letting another writer who has tons of ideas and things to explore play in your sandbox. Worked for McFarlane. Just saying.

Greg said...

Man... I'm in grief! Darn it! :(