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The deeply dysfunctional Wilson family, who have many times betrayed and/or actually killed one another, struggle through the universal challenge of trying to love someone you can't stand. -- Christopher J. Priest

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"The difference between the Wolfman or Johns’ Deathstroke is I’ve taken their interpretations of the character and made them more internal. Deathstroke no longer brags about how great he is, he simply goes and does. You define character by action — by what they do, rather than having characters standing around yawn talking for 20 pages. They go, they do. We stop writing down to fans but allow them to interpret character and draw their own conclusions — Deathstroke is an arrogant, emotionally crippled person. I don’t have anyone telling the fans that, I don’t have any captions saying that. Fans are not stupid and they don’t like being condescended to. Most fans I know tend to read analytically and enjoy writing on both the narrative and subtextual level." -- Christopher J. Priest

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"Deathstroke is a villain. He may never get more likeable. He does evil, skeevy things, even to his own family. Now, if I’m getting the guy wrong, please help me, but that’s how I see him. A total bastard who can’t be trusted. The mirror image of the noble Prince T’Challa." -- Christopher J. Priest

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"Slade drugging her and making her crazy– I won’t say that didn’t happen, but that seemed a little much to me. I believe Slade dotes on Rose, which makes the schism which has developed between them all the more ridiculous because neither is actually talking to the other – hence a widening misunderstanding on Rose’s part (she thinks he’s out to kill her). Slade, for his part, has no idea what Rose is thinking. This echoes many father-daughter relationships; I love you, I can’t stand you, I’m putting a hit out on you so I can pretend to protect you in order to spend time with you.

"As smart as Slade is, when it comes to Rose, he’s just a typical dad – an idiot."
-- Christopher J. Priest

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‘And then I kind of find myself wanting to lecture some of the editors about “No, no…” Like an editor said to me, “Batman believes in redemption. He believes that these people can be redeemed,” and I’m going, “Well, I’m not sure which Batman that you’re talking about. The Batman I know believes that criminals are a cowardly and superstitious lot.”’ -- Christopher J. Priest

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"I had this line in Captain America and the Falcon where Captain America was on the verge of having an affair with the Scarlet Witch, and he was not sure if he should proceed, and Falcon turns to him and says, I just realized something, you stink at problems you can’t solve with your fists.

"And I wanted to demonstrate that Deathstroke does not need to solve every problem with his fists. That he is an incredibly intelligent guy, and his intellect hasn’t always been the highlight of his adventures. In my book, his intellect is his deadliest weapon and his greatest superpower. A lot of times, he doesn’t have to whack you out, he just has to give you enough rope to hang yourself."
-- Christopher J. Priest

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"Although its feature set is manic violence, Deathstroke is actually a family drama falling short of a Shakespearean tragedy starring Slade Wilson as an ersatz King Lear, his ex-wife Adeline as Lady Macbeth, and Wintergreen as Prospero from The Tempest." -- Christopher J. Priest

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At least for a little while...

As I ponder the UK's bewildering referendum decision to leave the European Union I may need to retreat into silliness (it helps deaden the disappintment and pain).

Weirdly enough, my first foray into that is going to be via Jason Todd, in a classic romance comic situation.... kinda....

Red Hood and Arsenal #13 )
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Sometimes, they come along with the one you'd be expected to be thinking.

That happened to Erica Roberson (born Erica Seleski) when she was in the hospital.

She'd ended up there after her nuclear dad'd exploded in her face.

Something came after her.

Something from space. )
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"Thor is about a rebellious son who can’t please his father no matter what he does. Odin’s a jerk. He claims to have a very clear vision of Thor’s destiny, one that doesn’t involve wasting time with Earthlings, but like many fathers, he’s much better at articulating what Thor isn’t supposed to do than what he is supposed to do. There’s poor Thor, just trying to follow his heart, while Odin--time and again with all the compassion of a hurricane--punishes Thor for breaking specious rules that were never very clear to begin with. THAT, I got. THAT, hundreds of thousands of teenage readers have been getting since 1962. Characters, if they’re to have any longevity, have to speak to universal concerns." -- Mark Waid

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'I also always thought this scenario would be creepy, an alien dropping a powerful weapon on our planet and saying, “Right now you have to protect this place.” That’s weird. I thought that this is basically an alien culture interfering with the native culture for reasons of their own interest.' -- Kieron Gillen

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Hulk #1

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"I really do just dive down inside myself and connect [to characters I write] however I can. With Banner, I see a guy who claims he's driven by all the right things but, secretly, knows that some of his momentum comes from darker places he doesn't want to address — places like jealousy, regret, fear of never leaving a mark. And he's come to find that it's all self-sabotaging nonsense." -- Mark Waid

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"On average I would say the Marvel Universe is a science fiction universe. There's magic in it, but at its heart it leans toward science. Even its cosmic stuff leans toward science. There's a difference between The Power Cosmic and magic. Its philosophy leans toward the star children and gods and space mysticism, which is essentially science overstretched, as opposed to magic which is a fundamentally different system. Now if you want to flip that around for a second, magic is a lot more important in the DC Universe in terms of its fundamental character." -- Kieron Gillen

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'Then there’s the question of what [late discovery adoptees] do with the anger. There’s a famous book about adoption called “The Primal Wound” by Nancy Newton Verrier, which talks about the idea that there is a primal betrayal at that moment early on and it remains in the person’s psyche. Sometimes that negative emotion is transferred upon the parents who raised them or in some cases on the parents who chose to leave them. The question of how Tony feels is ongoing.' -- Kieron Gillen

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"We also get some journalism at last. . . . I get to be TRANSMETROPOLITAN Warren Ellis for a few pages." -- Kieron Gillen

Now that the Annual came out this week, this is no longer the latest issue, so here are seven pages from Part 4 of "Iron Metropolitan."

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"There’s a British designer called Matt Jones that said, the quote is, let me see if I can get it right, 'A city is a battle suit for surviving the future.' Basically, the concept of Iron Metropolitan is, what if the Marvel Universe’s greatest designer of battle suits put his mind to design a city?" -- Kieron Gillen

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