Friday, August 08, 2008

I Get My Kicks On Earth 616


So the big announcement for me at SDCC was that I'm taking over as regular writer on Marvel's THUNDERBOLTS. Chris Gage is doing the four-issue SECRET INVASION tie-in, and then it's my baby -- ably supported by Roberto De La Torre (IRON MAN: DIRECTOR OF SHIELD) on art.

It's all come together so fast, my head's still spinning. I bumped into Pasqual Ferry at the Barcelona con a few months back, and we agreed that working together on a NICK FURY book would pretty much be our dream job. Turns out Marvel already had plans for Nick Fury and Pasqual, but they came right back at me with, "How'd you like to write THUNDERBOLTS?"

Yu-huh.

My only previous Marvel work was a PUNISHER one-shot a few years ago, and I have to say this is an interesting time to be getting my foot in the door. I'm picking up THUNDERBOLTS exactly where SECRET INVASION ends -- and it's great fun being a part of what they have planned next for the ol' 616.

It's also great fun writing a bunch of homicidal psychopaths like Bullseye, Venom and Norman Osborn.

Fun. Damn, it's been a while. I've just finished writing the first draft of my first issue, and I can honestly say I haven't had this much fun writing a comic in years. In fact, I can barely remember when writing a comic didn't feel like homework. So yeah, colour me happy.

My run begins with Norman Osborn moving his chess pieces into place in the immediate aftermath of the Skrull invasion -- and then everything flips on its head. The status quo gets thrown out the window. We simultaneously open both a can of worms and a can of whup-ass, and that's a two-can guarantee.

Below are some teaser interviews I've done with the main comic sites. I'm sworn to secrecy on where it's all going, but trust me, once you see how SECRET INVASION ends, you'll wish you were already picking up THUNDERBOLTS. 'Nuff said!