Wednesday, March 18, 2009
The Adventures of Gabriel Hunt
Who is Gabriel Hunt? Well, here's the flack from the website:
The announced titles, all of them with Glen Orbik covers and apparently "cowritten" by Gabriel Hunt, will be from the keyboards of James Reasoner, Charles Ardai, Nicholas Kaufmann, Christa Faust, David J. Schow, and Raymond Benson, and are scheduled to come out in mmpb every few months starting May 2009.
From Charles Ardai, Edgar Award-winning author and creator of the acclaimed pulp mystery imprint HARD CASE CRIME comes a thrilling pulp adventure series in the tradition of H. Rider Haggard, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and the immortal Doc Savage.
Perennially popular at the movies—from the old black-and-white serials of the 1930s to their latter day descendants starring Harrison Ford—adventure fiction used to be just as popular at bookstores and newsstands. But in recent years, the old-fashioned tale of high adventure has almost entirely vanished from bookstore shelves.
And like any other lost treasure, it's going to take a great adventure hero to find it and bring it back.
Enter Gabriel Hunt, world traveler and man of action, a strapping six-footer with a classic six-shooter in a holster on his hip and an insatiable hunger for discovery. And just what does he discover? Lost cities...ancient artifacts...deadly peril and dastardly adversaries...all the stuff of classic adventure fiction, complete with horses, snakes, shovels, pickaxes, torches, traps, bottomless pits, barroom brawls, jungles, jewels, and just about everything else that’s ever made your heart beat faster.
I am very intrigued by this.
And darnit for finding me more things to spend my sadly-dwindling greenbacks on.... ;)
I read some of the Shadow and Doc Savage after reading "Chinatown death peril" and, although The Shadow books were fun, the Doc Savage book didn't seem all that well written and the "give criminals lobotomies" was really creepy.
I know that Farmer was a big fan, are you as well?
Anyway, I'm looking forward to that idea done with a modern point of view.
It may be, though, that Doc Savage is one of those characters who are better in concept than in execution. That is, characters that haven't yet appeared in stories that realize their full potential. I'd argue, for example, that with a few notable exceptions (All Star Superman, Secret Identity, any Superman story written by Alan Moore, and a few others) Superman is a better character in concept than in execution, as was Doctor Who in the years before the RTD relaunch (on television, at least, unlike novels which realized his full potential years before). I'd have to reread the Doc Savage novels to say for certain, but that certainly seems a possibility.
I love the Superman stories you referenced too, but I'm sure 20 years down the line someone will have written the new "perfect" Superman story and those will be looked at as quaint relics of a bygone era of comics.
Perhaps Doc suffers the most because no one has done anything with him lately.
On a completely different topic, I finished reading End of the Century a week or so ago and really enjoyed it. I was a bit skeptical about rotating between three narratives but they flowed together quite nicely. I appreciated all the cameo appearances from previous books.
POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T READ END OF THE CENTURY
Will we see our new crew in future outings? Having read Cybermancy Inc. I'd love to see them go up against that group when JBC tries to refashion society in his own image.
I remember reading awhile back that you were looking to focus more on projects that interest you rather than others. Does that mean more or less books set in that universe or less?
Ok, one last thing, I know you were throwing out some sort of all encompassing names for your overlapping stories, but personally I think of them as your Sophia-verse, that is the one thing that can cross all the boundries right?
Whoops, all the sudden this post got very long!
As for the kinds of writing projects I'll be focusing on, in a perfect world I'd be writing nothing *but* Bonaventure-Carmody stories, so far as I'm concerned.