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Queen & Country film finds new writer

Queen & Country Definitive Edition Vol. 4

Queen & Country Definitive Edition Vol. 4

The first film adaptation of Greg’s work, Whiteout, will arrive in theaters in two weeks. Now, The Hollywood Reporter is sharing the news that Ryan Condal is penning a new draft of Queen & Country for Fox.

Previews of the Queen & Country graphic novels, and excerpts from the novels can be found here on the site.

Whiteout spreads across the ‘net

ITEM! New clips from Collider.com. SPOILERS!

ITEM! IGN happened to visit the Whiteout set on the day that Greg arrived, and, in addition to talking to director Dominic Sera, and leads Kate Beckinsale and Gabriel Macht, talked to him about the creative process:

“When [artist] Steve Lieber and I were working on it and I was writing the original scripts for the graphic novel, we’d put out stuff saying ‘this type’ and ‘this type’ [for the characters],” recalls Rucka. “And I think the Carrie type that we put down was Janeane Garofalo, that look, so clearly we were going for something very different than what they’re filming! It still works, having read what they’re shooting. And I’ve never had any illusion. I wrote a graphic novel, Steve drew the graphic novel, and they’re making a movie, and that’s different. I’m not actually a slavish adherent to be true to the text because I didn’t write a movie, I wrote a comic. And you cannot, with some recent notable exceptions, say you’re going to be able to make this into a movie verbatim and it will work. And you might even argue that could you do it verbatim, it wouldn’t work. It’s different mediums and I think it’s kind of ignorant to say, ‘Well, no it’s not the comic.’ Of course it’s not! There’s no paper. It’s on film.”

Greg talks Whiteout on a boat with Comic Book Resources

Art by Steve Lieber

Art by Steve Lieber

Comic Book Resources interviewed Greg aboard their yacht at Comic Con International last month and have kindly provided a video of their discussion which has just gone live at CBR.

In this exclusive on-camera interview conducted aboard the CBR Yacht at Comic-Con International, Rucka discusses the long road “Whiteout” took from page to screen, including three different options. The writer also details some of the differences between the graphic novel and the finished film. Later, Rucka talks about his long awaited “Stumptown” project with Matthew Southworth and, of course, “Detective Comics” with J.H. Williams III.

CBR also has a series of stills from the movie, as does Empire Magazine. Whiteout hits theaters on September 11.

Superman: World of New Krypton

Superman: World of New Krypton is a twelve-part mini-series written by Greg and James Robinson that coincides with Greg’s run on Action Comics.

Superman: World of New Krypton #12

Art by Gary Frank

Art by Gary Frank

February 2010

Written by Greg Rucka and James Robinson; Art by Pete Woods and Ron Randall; Cover by Gary Frank; Variant cover by Ladrönn

Now that the conspiracy involving New Krypton’s council has been brought to light, can Superman keep his people from tearing each other apart? And what does a skull-shaped ship flying towards New Krypton mean?

Superman: World of New Krypton #11

Art by Gary Frank

Art by Gary Frank

January 2010

Written by Greg Rucka and James Robinson; Art by Pete Woods; Cover by Gary Frank; Variant Cover by Victor Ibanez

“Mystery in Space” Part 2! As the murder mystery on New Krypton deepens, Superman and Adam Strange’s investigation leads them to uncover a conspiracy involving all five Kryptonian guilds that threatens to devastate the entire planet. This chain of events will touch everyone – Alura, Zod, even General Lane – and will lead directly into next month’s explosive finale!

Superman: World of New Krypton #10

Art by Gary Frank

Art by Gary Frank

December 2009

Written by Greg Rucka and James Robinson; Art by Pete Woods; Cover by Gary Frank; Variant cover by Dustin Nguyen

New Krypton is a planet so fresh, it’s experiencing countless things for the first time. Its first spring. Its first blooms. Its first birth of a child. And now its first homicide. When an important figure in Kandor is murdered, the suspect seems obvious to everyone but Superman. But can he make Zod or the Council believe this is more than an open-and-shut case? And can he uncover the real killer in time to save the life of the accused? It’s a dark mystery, but R.E.B.E.L.S. star Adam Strange arrives in time to help find answers…even though the truth may blow apart the civilized trappings of Kandorian society in the process.

This action-packed arc leads all the way to the series’ final issue, which itself sets the stage for huge happenings in the DC Universe next summer!

Superman: World of New Krypton #9

Art by Gary Frank

Art by Gary Frank

November 2009

Written by James Robinson and Greg Rucka; Art by Pete Woods and Ron Randall; Cover by Gary Frank; Variant cover by Mark Buckingham
Humans and Kryptonians are the only two races in our solar system, right? Wrong! Jemm, Son of Saturn, ruler of the super-powered Saturnian race, arrives in Kandor demanding answers to New Krypton’s recent actions – answers he intends to get even if he has to fight his way through Commander Kal-El and the entire Kryptonian army!

Superman: World of New Krypton #8

Art by Gary Frank

Art by Gary Frank

October 2009

Written by James Robinson and Greg Rucka; Art by Pete Woods; Cover by Gary Frank; Variant cover by Joe Kubert

On a mission in space, Superman and his fellow Kryptonians encounter the might of the Thanagarian Army. Can Superman keep things peaceful between the two races – or will The Man of Steel discover that Hawkman’s legendary temper is shared by all his people?

Superman: World of New Krypton #7

Art by Gary Frank

Art by Gary Frank

September 2009

Written by James Robinson and Greg Rucka; Art by Pete Woods; Cover by Gary Frank; variant cover by Bryan Talbot

It’s never a dull moment on New Krypton – just when Superman was getting used to his place on his reborn homeworld, he’s thrust into a new position that makes his previous duties look like a cakewalk. And thanks to the fallout from the “Codename: Patriot” storyline, New Krypton’s ruler – and Superman’s aunt – Alura has her hands full keeping the people of Kandor from panicking. So of course it’s the perfect time for an alien threat to arrive and declare war…

Superman: World of New Krypton #6

Art by Fernando Dagnino and Raúl Fernandez

Art by Fernando Dagnino and Raúl Fernandez

August 2009

Written by Greg Rucka and James Robinson; Art by Pete Woods; Cover by Fernando Dagnino and Raúl Fernandez; Variant cover by Eddy Barrows and Julio Ferriera

It’s chaos in Kandor as the 4-part “Codename: Patriot” storyline kicks off here and runs through the August Superman titles! Someone has been shot and Superman will stop at nothing to find the culprit! But when the shooter flees to Earth, can Superman stop him in time to prevent making the two planets even more hostile toward each other? Continued in ACTION COMICS #880!

Superman: World of New Krypton #5

Art by Gary Frank

Art by Gary Frank

July 2009

Written by James Robinson and Greg Rucka; Art by Pete Woods; Cover by Gary Frank; Variant Cover by Tan Eng Huat

Superman is on trial for his life. The crime: Treason! The punishment: Death! But is this a challenge Kal-El can even hope to triumph over when the man pulling all the strings is General Zod? A tale of heroism, evil and base betrayal – on the strange world of New Krypton.

Superman: World of New Krypton #4

Art by Gary Frank

Art by Gary Frank

June 2009

Written by James Robinson and Greg Rucka; Art by Pete Woods; Cover by Gary Frank: Variant Cover by Eric Canete

A new planet suddenly appearing in any space sector would demand the scrutiny of the Green Lantern Corps. When the planet in question is New Krypton and the space sector is 2814, it means Kandor City gets a visit from Hal Jordan and John Stewart, with Daxamite Sodam Yat along for good measure. But what starts as a good-will mission soon becomes a manhunt for some of the Phantom Zone’s most deranged and dangerous criminals and leads ultimately to dire conflict between the Corps and Zod’s Military Guild – with Superman caught in the middle!

Superman: World of New Krypton #3

Art by Gary Frank

Art by Gary Frank

May 2009

Written by James Robinson and Greg Rucka; Art by Pete Woods; Cover by Gary Frank; Variant by Howard Chaykin

With Superman now drafted into New Krypton’s Military Guild, it seems that General Zod finally has the Man of Steel under his control. But when given a command to commit an act of brutality against his fellow Kryptonians, Superman must choose between following orders and following his conscience – at the risk of being branded a traitor by his own people!

Superman: World of New Krypton #2

Art by Gary Frank

Art by Gary Frank

April 2009

Written by James Robinson and Greg Rucka; Art by Pete Woods; Cover by Gary Frank; Variant Cover by Pete Woods

Superman thought that joining his people on New Krypton would allow him to ease some of the tension between Earth and his people, but lately nothing’s been easy for the Man of Steel! Alura still shows no signs of becoming the kind of leader Superman wants her to be. The people of New Krypton still don’t understand the responsibilities that come with their new abilities. And as for Zod? Superman doesn’t even know where to start with Zod. All The Man of Steel knows is that he can’t be trusted. And Zod is about to prove Superman right.

Superman: World of New Krypton #1

Art by Gary Frank

Art by Gary Frank

March 2009

Written by James Robinson and Greg Rucka; Art by Pete Woods; Cover by Gary Frank; Variant cover by Ladrönn

Following the events of the “New Krypton” crossover, the Man of Steel has had to embrace his past to ensure humanity’s future. And while a devastating armed conflict with Earth may have been averted, keeping the peace will be Superman’s greatest challenge yet.

Detective Comics (second run)

In 2009, Greg returned to a book he’d last worked on six years prior, Detective. This time, the book featured Batwoman, with art by JH Williams III, and The Question, with art by Cully Hamner.

For Greg’s work on Detective from 1999-2003, see this page.

Batwoman: Elegy

Batwoman: Elegy

Art by JH Williams

Art and cover by JH Williams III

In her first hardcover, collecting tales from DETECTIVE COMICS #854-860, Batwoman battles a madwoman known only as Alice, inspired by Alice in Wonderland, who sees her life as a fairy tale and everyone around her as expendable! Batwoman must stop Alice from unleashing a toxic death cloud over all of Gotham City — but Alice has more up her sleeve than just poison, and Batwoman’s life will never ever be the same.

The Question: Pipeline

Art by Cully Hamner

Art by Cully Hamner

Art and cover by Cully Hamner

Greg Rucka returns to write the adventures of Renee Montoya — the character he helped transform into The Question — as a gun-running scheme threatens Gotham City in stories from DETECTIVE COMICS #854-863. Features the art of Cully Hamner (RED)!

Detective Comics #863

Art by JH Williams

Art by JH Williams

April 2010

Art by JOCK; Co-feature Art by CULLY HAMNER; Cover by JH WILLIAMS III

When Batman and Batwoman each face off against a knife-wielding killer, they soon find themselves working different sides of the same case. But will they arrive in time to rescue the missing girl and stop the killer from claiming another victim? Things do not end well in “Cutter” Part 3.

And in The Question, the mastermind behind the human trafficking ring and the gunrunning scheme is finally revealed, and The Question and the Huntress find themselves in the fight of their lives.

Detective Comics #862

Art by JH Williams III

Art by JH Williams III

March 2010

Art by Jock; co-feature art by Cully Hamner; Cover by JH Williams III
Two mystery cases collide, as Batman gets closer to finding a missing socialite while Batwoman uncovers a gruesome new villain who has grafted knives onto his skin. There will be blood – and souvenirs of victims’ flesh – in “Cutter” part 2!

And in The Question’s co-feature, the unknown mastermind behind the gun-running scheme hires a professional killer to take care of some unwanted female companionship. When Zeiss sets his sights on Huntress and The Question, bullets will fly and blood will run!

Detective Comics #861

Art by JH Williams III

Art by JH Williams III

January 2010

Art by Jock; co-feature Art by Cully Hamner; Cover by JH Williams III
It’s double the detectives with Batman and Batwoman in for part one of “Cutter”! Batwoman investigates a string of grisly attacks that have left the victims mutilated, or, worse, dead. But what does this case have to do with the kidnapping of a socialite from ten years ago, and what evidence can The Dark Knight himself bring to light on this macabre mystery? Featuring guest Art by acclaimed illustrator Jock (THE LOSERS, GREEN ARROW: YEAR ONE)!

And in the co-feature, the Huntress and The Question find themselves in over their heads as a gunrunning case leads them to the business end of a double-barrel shotgun!

Detective Comics #860

Art by JH Williams III

Art by JH Williams III

December 2009

Art by JH Williams III; co-feature art by Cully Hamner; Cover by JH Williams III; Variant cover by Alex Ross
Batwoman’s origin story concludes here! In “Go!” part 3, Kate Kane becomes Batwoman and goes after a terrorist cell in Gotham, but all does not go according to plan. Plus, in the present, Kate confronts her father about her supposedly dead sister!

In the co-feature, the Huntress joins The Question in her quest to track down the leaders of the human trafficking ring. But finding them – and bring them to justice – will be harder and more dangerous than either hero thought!

Detective Comics #859

Art by JH Williams III

Art by JH Williams III

November 2009

Written by Greg Rucka; Art by JH Williams III; Co-feature art by Cully Hamner; Cover by JH Williams III; Variant cover by Jock

Batwoman’s origin continues! In “Go!” part 2, Kate Kane is outed and forced to leave West Point. When she lands in Gotham City, she meets officer Renee Montoya and has a fateful encounter with The Dark Knight that will forever change her life!

The case may be closed closed, but questions remain in The Question’s co-feature. And Renee won’t stop until she has the answers! When a new lead points to the Sicilian mafia, The Question turns to an expert for assistance. But can she trust the Huntress to be professional when family rears its ugly head?

Detective Comics #858

Art by JH Williams III

Art by JH Williams III

October 2009

Written by Greg Rucka; Art by JH Williams III; co-feature art by Cully Hamner; Cover by JH Williams III; Variant cover by Adam Hughes

The shocking and tragic origin story of Batwoman begins here! In “Go” part 1, young Kate Kane and her family are kidnapped by terrorists, and Kate’s life – and the lives of her family – will never be the same! Plus, the mystery behind the villainous Alice is at last revealed!

Then, in The Question co-feature, Renee’s search for a missing girl comes to a bittersweet end, leaving Renee with more questions and an even bigger mystery for her to solve. As long as she can survive the night, that is…

Detective Comics #857

Art by JH Williams III

Art by JH Williams III

September 2009

Written by Greg Rucka; Art by JH Williams III; co-feature art by Cully Hamner; Cover by JH Williams III

“Elegy” part 4 of 4! Batwoman faces off against Alice in an attempt to stop the villainess from unleashing a toxic death cloud over all of Gotham! But Alice has more up her sleeve than just poison, and Batwoman’s life will never ever be the same again.

Plus, The Question’s search for a missing girl leads Renee to a human trafficking ring, and the Question suddenly finds herself in way over her head.

Detective Comics #856

Art by JH Williams III

Art by JH Williams III

August 2009

Written by Greg Rucka; Art by JH Williams III; co-feature art by Cully Hamner; Cover by JH Williams III

“Elegy” part 3 of 4! Batwoman unites with an unlikely ally to momentarily defeat the fairytale villain known as Alice. But when Kate is forced to attend a high society event, she soon learns that her worlds are colliding as Alice’s plans for Gotham’s elite put Kate’s father directly in harm’s way.

Plus, in the next part of The Question co-feature, writer Greg Rucka and artist Cully Hamner bring Renee’s search for a missing girl to new depths when The Question is trapped inside a sinking car. Will her life and her leads end up at the bottom of the river?

Detective Comics #855

Art by JH Williams III

Art by JH Williams III

July 2009

Written by Greg Rucka; Art by JH Williams III; co-feature Art by Cully Hamner; Cover by JH Williams III

“Elegy” part 2 of 4 by Greg Rucka and JH Williams III! Batwoman captures her enemy, a madwoman known only as Alice who sees her life as a fairy tale and everyone around her as expendable extras – including Kate! But when the tables are turned, Batwoman finds herself in a hallucination slamming the present into a collision with the past, and the hints of a threat that will claim the lives of every man, woman and child in Gotham City.

And in the all-new co-feature starring the Question, Montoya’s quest to find a missing young girl turns deadly.

Detective Comics #854

Art by JH Williams III

Art by JH Williams III

June 2009

Written by Greg Rucka; Art by JH Williams and Cully Hamner; Cover by JH Williams : Variant Cover by JG Jones

“Elegy” part 1 of 4! A new era in the history of DETECTIVE COMICS begins as Batwoman is unleashed on Gotham City! Marked by the blood-red bat, Kate Kane is a soldier fighting her own private war – one that began years ago and haunts her every waking moment. With a script by Greg Rucka and breath-taking art by JH Williams III, you’ve never seen anything like this!

Featuring the debut of a new co-feature starring The Question written by Rucka! Odds against you? Alone and nowhere to turn? Willing to fight, but you don’t know how? When you’re searching everywhere for an answer, sometimes all you need to do is ask the right Question. Renee Montoya again dons the faceless mask to help those in need, all the while searching for her own answers in this new adventure with art by Cully Hamner (BLUE BEETLE).

Warner releases new Whiteout poster

Warner Bros. gave a first look of the new Whiteout poster to Myspace film site Trailer Park. The film will hit theaters on Sept. 11, and is based on Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber’s award-winning graphic novel.

Whiteout Poster

Whiteout Poster