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March 28, 2006

“I’m the Best There Is At What I Do… And What I Do Is Somewhat Naughty”

Panini Comics has announced a major expansion of its already-extensive deal with Marvel Comics to represent the company in the comics market throughout Europe and in some parts of South America. In addition to touting the general import of the deal, continuing the increasingly successful partnership between the two companies and expanding into new territories for more years, the press release mentions a few European-talent comics that should result -- including the studio behind W.I.T.C.H. on a Dr. Strange/X-Men team-up and Philippe Buchet on Wolverine. But this is the one that caught my eye:
"Una graphic-novel che vede protagonisti le ragazze del team X-Men, scritta dal leggendario autore degli X-Men, Chris Claremont e illustrata dal popolarissimo illustratore italiano Milo Manara."

Unless I'm totally goofing it, that's a graphic novel starring the female members of the X-Men to be written by Chris Claremont and drawn by Euro-comics softcore legend Milo Manara. For the uninitiated, Manara's best-known work combines a Blake Edwards-style, men-in-tuxedos, women-on-all-fours sensibility with drawings of women so extremely over the top in their Brigitte Bardot sensuality they're almost not human. Should be interesting!
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