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Grant Morrison's Madonna-Inspired 'Warcop' Moves From Hollywood To Comics

"Todd McFarlane called me up one day," Morrison recalled. "Apparently Madonna had called him up and said, 'Todd, would you do a movie for me?' But he didn't want to do it. He told me, 'I don't care, I got a better looking wife than Madonna. You want to have a go at this?'"

So Morrison came up with an action movie idea for her -- kind of a cross between "Judge Dredd" and "Demolition Man" about a cop who travels back in time to catch a suspect. "It was just very much a '90s action movie about a kickass girl," he said. "It wasn't particularly weighty or worthy or anything. It was just a dumb action movie like 'True Lies' and those kinds of things."

The movie concept never went anywhere -- "it just disappeared"-- and Morrison decided, after a good decade or so had passed, to resurrect not the concept, but the title. "I thought it was a good title, so I came up with a new take on it, and turned it into something else that's going to come out next year," he said.

The six-issue miniseries, to be published by Vertigo, is more about our post-9/11 world. "It's about the atmosphere of war and terror, and making a mythology out of it," Morrison said. "So it's about a guy who's testosterone-enhanced to be the ultimate soldier -- guys sniff his sweat, he's so much the ultimate man. He's been bred for war, and he wins the war, but now that he's won the war, he needs a new one. So he starts looking for other enemies. He's become paranoid and he's imagining conspiracies."

Along the way, the soldier teams up with a kid who's involved in a youth cult called the Inside Outers. Instead of simply wearing name brands, the kids of the not-so-far-off future cut the labels off their clothes and swap it with their own names. "If you like a particular candy, you pin the label on your jacket so your friends know what you're into," Morrison explained. "And you put a sticker with your name on it on your candy or your Coke. So for instance, I would be drinking 'Grant' not Coke. I would be wearing 'Grant,' not Versace."

With a pumped-up soldier soldier and a beyond-trendy sixteen-year-old helping each other out, "you've got a real odd couple," Morrison said. "And they're targeted by those who want to exploit that oddness. I don't want to say more than that just yet, because it's very high concept and someone might steal it, but together, they find what the new war is."

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