From DC's The Source Blog:
Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
By David Hyde
Two weeks ago, we announced all the artists who will be illustrating all the ‘70s books in this summer’s RETROACTIVE series. Today, we’re going to fast forward one decade and reveal what artists will be joining the creative teams of the previously announced writers behind the ‘80s books. We’ll also be giving you quick first looks at what these titles will be about. As we mentioned before, each of these new 26-page stories will be followed by a classic story from its era by the same writer.
Previously, J.M. DeMatteis wrote of the project, "The older I get the more I realize that the most important thing any of us can do in life is strive to live compassionately, keeping our hearts open, treating others with understanding and, most important, simple human kindness. “That which is most needed,” as Buddha said, in words that have echoed through my life for decades, “is a loving heart.” I truly believe that the microcosm is the macrocosm. That our smallest acts of compassion resonate across the planet. That one heart can quite literally change the world."
"Of course it’s one thing to make compassion an intention in our lives and quite another to live it. J'Onn J'Onzz tries to be as good and decent a being as he can, but as a super hero and detective, he is constantly faced with the worst of our world. During my run with Keith Giffen on Justice League International, I tried to play with the conflict between J'Onn's consciously working on himself, on his connection to the Divine, and the realities of our world. No matter how hard we try to live our highest ideals, we are, at some point—and, I suspect, with some regularity—going to screw up. That happens without the need to routinely sock bad guys in the jaw. It was a complication and duality that I always wanted to explore further, but I never had the chance to work with the Martian Manhunter in detail after leaving DC in the early '90s. I also wanted to return to my character of Saul Erdel, and explain why he revealed the truth about J'Onn's past after so many years. This project struck me as the perfect opportunity to finally touch on those points."
Keep checking back to THE SOURCE today as we reveal details for all of the 1980’s books.
DC RETROACTIVE: MARTIAN MANHUNTER – THE ‘80s #1
The ‘80s were a decade that forever changed the Alien Atlas. Now to tell an exciting “lost tale” from that era will be the creative team of artist Luke McDonnell and acclaimed writer J.M. DeMatteis.
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