Книга: John Ostrander «Suicide Squad: Volume 1: Trial by Fire»

Suicide Squad: Volume 1: Trial by Fire

Серия: "Suicide Squad"

They were expendable in the late 1980s, a secret government program designed to neutralize super-powered threats to national security was reactivated. Task Force X had gone through many transformations since it was first created during World War II, but one thing had never changed: its members called themselves the Suicide Squad, and they lived up to their name. Faced with a rising tide of metahuman crime and terror, the program's hard-headed director Amanda Waller sold the President on her vision of an updated Task Force X: a covert action team composed of incarcerated super-villains who earned time off their sentences for every mission they completed. Deniable, disposable, and deployable to any spot on Earth, this new Suicide Squad would be the perfect weapon of last resort - as long as they could be kept under control.

Издательство: "DC Comics" (2015)

Формат: 165x255, 232 стр.

ISBN: 978-1-4012-5831-3

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John Ostrander

John Ostrander

John Ostrander at the 2009 Superman Festival.
Born April 20, 1949 (1949-04-20) (age 62)
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer
Notable works Grimjack
Suicide Squad
Manhunter
Hawkworld
The Spectre
Martian Manhunter
Star Wars: Legacy
Eternal Warrior
Firestorm

John Ostrander (born April 20, 1949) is an American writer of comic books. He is best known for his work on Suicide Squad, Grimjack and Star Wars: Legacy, series he helped create.

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Career

Ostrander studied theology with the intent of becoming a Catholic priest,[citation needed] but now describes himself as an agnostic.[1]

Originally an actor in a Chicago theatre company, Ostrander moved into writing comics in 1983.[citation needed] His first published works were stories about the character "Sargon, Mistress of War", who appeared the First Comics series Warp!, based on a series of plays by that same Chicago theatre company. He is co-creator of the character Grimjack with Timothy Truman, who originally appeared in a backup story in the First Comics title, Starslayer, before going on to appear in his own book, again published by First Comics in the mid 1980s. First Comics ceased publication in 1991, by which time Ostrander was already doing work for other comics companies (his first scripts for DC Comics were published in 1986). Prior to being a writer, he actually appeared as a supporting character in the Supergirl comic. His friend Paul Kupperberg was the writer and incorporated him into the Supergirl titles relaunch in 1982.

Ostrander in-depth explorations of morality were later used in his work writing The Spectre, a DC Comics series about the manifestation of the wrath of God. His focus on the character's human aspect, a dead police detective from the 1930s named Jim Corrigan, and his exploration of moral and theological themes. Other books he has written for DC include Firestorm, Justice League, Martian Manhunter, Manhunter, Wasteland, and an acclaimed run on Suicide Squad, for which he was responsible for developing various characters.[2]

From the mid-1980s until her death from breast cancer in 1997, Ostrander frequently co-wrote with his wife Kim Yale. It was while working with her that he recast Barbara Gordon, the former Batgirl, into the information and computer specialist Oracle. He is also responsible for the creation of characters like Amanda Waller, Shango, the Soyuz and Pozhar.

At Marvel Comics, Ostrander has also worked on X-Men, Bishop, Quicksilver, Heroes for Hire and the Punisher, as well as the Western mini-series Blaze of Glory: The Last Ride of the Western Heroes.

Ostrander has also written for other comics companies: The Elfquest character Jink for Warp Graphics, Hotspur for Eclipse Comics; Lady Death for Chaos! Comics; Magnus, Robot Fighter, Rai and the Future Force and Eternal Warrior for Valiant Comics.

Ostrander was one of the main writers on Star Wars: Republic for Dark Horse Comics, and many of his story arcs, such as "Twilight", "Darkness", and "The Clone Wars" stories are available in trade paperbacks. He is also the writer of an ongoing Star Wars comic series, Star Wars: Legacy.

Ostrander has also written a Doctor Who audio drama for Big Finish Productions. Titled Deadman's Hand, the story was originally announced for release in March 2004; it has since been resheduled twice, but no longer appears on Big Finish's pages as a Future Releases and now seems unlikely to ever be released. As announced, the story was to feature the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Hex.

Ostrander was nominated for the Comics Buyer's Guide Award for Favorite Writer in 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000.

In December 2006, DC Comics published a new Batman story-arc titled "Grotesk" written by Ostrander that ran through Batman issues 659-662 with Tom Mandrake drawing.

In 2010, Ostrander co-wrote Secret Six 14 - 18 with writer Gail Simone.[2]

Personal life

Ostrander suffers from glaucoma, and is facing significant bills in treatment. To help cover his costs, a benefit auction was organized for the 2009 Chicago Comic Con.[3][2]

Partial Bibliography

  • Star Wars #19-22, 32-45 (Dark Horse Comics, 2000-2002)
  • Star Wars: Agent of the Empire: Iron Eclipse #1-5 (Dark Horse Comics, 2011-2012)
  • Star Wars: Boba Fett: Agent of Doom (Dark Horse Comics, 2000)
  • Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi #0-5 (Dark Horse Comics, 2012)
  • Star Wars: Jedi: Aayla Secura #1 (Dark Horse Comics, 2003)
  • Star Wars: Jedi: Count Dooku #1 (Dark Horse Comics, 2003)
  • Star Wars: Jedi: Mace Windu #1 (Dark Horse Comics, 2003)
  • Star Wars: Jedi: Shaak Ti #1 (Dark Horse Comics, 2003)
  • Star Wars: Legacy #0-50, 0 1/2 (Dark Hose Comics, 2006-2010)
  • Star Wars: Legacy: War #1-6 (Dark Horse Comics, 2010-2011)
  • Star Wars: Purge #1 (Dark Horse Comics, 2005)
  • Star Wars: Purge: Seconds to Die #1 (Dark Horse Comics, 2009
  • Star Wars: Republic #46-50, 54, 59, 61-66, 68-78, 81-83 (Dark Horse Comics, 2002-2006)
  • Star Wars: Tales #3,8 (Dark Horse Comics, 2000-2001)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars Volume 3: The Wind Raiders of Taloraan (Dark Horse Comics, 2009)

Notes

  1. ^ Ostrander, John. "Economic Fundamentalists, by John Ostrander". ComicMix. September 18, 2008
  2. ^ a b c Amitage, Hugh. "Ostrander, Simone 'Six' team-up concludes". Digital Spy. February 6, 2010
  3. ^ Goellner, Caleb. "Help John Ostrander Fight Glaucoma". Comics Alliance. July 22, 2009

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