Grant Morrison is putting his stamp on Hollywood with Annihilator, a new creator-owned comic mini-series from Legendary Comics, the comics division from Legendary Entertainment.
Legendary is announcing the new book at an event at New York Comic Con, which began today, along with a graphic novel based on its upcoming Guillermo del Toro tentpole, Pacific Rim.
“This is my big L.A. story,” Morrison tells Heat Vision exclusively. “It’s a devil’s deal story, it’s a science fiction story, it’s a horror story.”
The comic miniseries, which be published in six 32-page installments, tells the story of Ray Spass, a tentpole screenwriter on the ropes, uninspired, on a deadline for a sci-fi movie, and dealing with a brain tumor.
The plot of the movie Spass is working on involves an anti-hero named Max Nomax who is in a haunted prison on the edge of a black hole after losing his battle with an artificial life form.
Spass’ life changes drastically when the real Nomax suddenly appears, worldwide destruction is imminent, and the tumor, which somehow contains key information, is key to the fight.
Morrison, of course, is the Scottish author who has charted best-selling runs for Superman, Batman, and X-Men, among other heroes. But for the last several years he has been spending time in Los Angeles, working on adaptations of his creator-owned work and even at one point acting as a consultant on DC’s film slate.
His time in L.A. got him jonesing about writing about what he calls “a peculiar world.”
“At first I didn’t like the city but I’ve latched on to the superficiality of it. There’s a lot more going on under the surface,” he says. “To me it’s a very magical town. It’s a very magical act in creating stories out of nothing that inspires people and the world.”
However, the weirdest thing, he says, is how much he’s grown to like the city.
Annihilator puts Morrison back in business with Bob Schreck, who runs Legendary Comics and who was Morrison’s editor on the acclaimed All-Star Superman mini-series.
The title, by the way, comes from a name of a giant black hole in the centre of the Milky Way galaxy, which Morrison says has been nicknamed by scientists as “the Great Annihilator.”
The Pacific Rim graphic novel, meanwhile, will be written by Travis Beacham, who wrote the initial script for the monster movie. It will serve as a prequel to the movie and giving backstory to when the monsters first attack the world’s cities as well as on the character played by Idris Elba.
Morrison is repped by ICM Partners.