SDCC 2013: Dynamite Signs James Robinson for Grand Passion

Dynamite is just getting the announcements out of the way before San Diego Comic-Con kicks off. This morning, Dynamite announced that celebrated comic book writer James Robinson has signed a deal to create a new series entitled Grand Passion.  This partnership marks the first time that Robinson will work with Dynamite Entertainment to develop new content.

The series is about two wayward characters Doc and Mabel — one a cop, the other a crook — who are fated to fall in love at first sight even as Mabel swears she’ll kill Doc if it’s the last thing she does.  It marries elements of a Harlequin romance with hard-boiled crime and takes it off in a direction that’s surprising, funny, violent, and sexy.

James Robinson is a British writer of comic books and screenplays.  Perhaps best known for the DC Comics title Starman, he received tremendous critical and fan praise for his groundbreaking reinvention of an obscure hero into a beloved series deserving of an Eisner Award for Best Serialized Story.  An expert at revitalizing classic concepts with a fresh new look and perspective, Robinson has written acclaimed story arcs in such titles as The Golden Age, Justice Society of America, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Hawkman, and more.  His creator-owned series Leave It to Chance won two more Eisner Awards in 1997, for Best New Series and Best Title for Younger Readers.  Additionally, he was nominated for an Eisner Award for Justice League: Cry for Justice.  He also wrote the screenplay for the 2003 movie version of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.