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"For a longer time than I think people would realize, I was pretty sure she was going to die. It wasn’t actually anything to do with the fans’ response, it was just kind of the fundamental Darth Vader of it. You know what I mean? The biggest problem with the book was, I had all these characters I genuinely liked, and I made the mistake of putting them in the room with Darth Vader and they tended to not survive that experience. Aphra’s push and pull and whatever, and there was a point where I just kind of literally clicked, and I realized, 'Oh my God, she could survive.' As in, I know how she can get out of it." -- Kieron Gillen

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"The effect of the Terrigen cloud on the world is a huge part of all of the series, and will continue to be for some time to come. It’s just such a great story generator." - Charles Soule

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"Reader -- love that guy. He's an Inhuman, but he's been around for a little while. He's sort of my Mad Max character. He wanders the world getting into adventures." - Charles Soule

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"For a high-concept which, let’s be honest, feels kinda niche the first time you hear about it, MZ’s proven to be a wonderfully flexible franchise, and given us a lot of genuinely high-quality tales. Previous iterations have covered the whole gamut of genres and tones from the apocalyptic world-shaking scale down to the very personal, and from the deadly-serious to the fabulously farcical. We’ll get onto the whys and wherefores of that in a moment, but for an ideas-junkie like me the opportunity to carve my own name onto that dribbly, rotting, groaning slab of meat is a total gift." -- Si Spurrier

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"There’s also something really joyous to be had in the simple creativity that comes from re-imagining recognizable characters in a new form. That’s what drives fans’ fascination with the whole What if?/alternate version phenomenon, I think. It speaks to a fundamental human excitement for variation, transgression, speculation. Hence part of the joy in something like MZ is providing inventively-realized versions of well-known characters. That’s something I’ve had a looooot of fun with. Sometimes that manifests as simple sight-gags (zombie Blob heaving his moldering rat’s-nest of a body; zombie Carnage becoming a crusty scabrous mass, etc), other times it becomes a far nastier plot-point…" -- Si Spurrier

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'One of the problems a lot of zombie stories face is the lack of agency on the part of the protagonists. That can be a really cool subversion of regular narrative dynamics (and, in one or two toxic cases it chooses to say a lot of very cynical thematic stuff about the pointlessness of individual resistance)… but quite often it’s also just laziness: the “story” consists of people screaming and flapping and running around in a really passive way. When the subtext of your zombie story is “hey, zombies are really scary – cool!” then just don’t bother, y’know?

'We’ve flipped things over a lot, here. All the agency and all the proactivity lies with our heroine. Thematically the zombies aren’t stand-in analogues for the usual societal fears of lone predators or uncontrollable mobs; rather they represent an ambient sea of obstacles. This isn’t a good world which has been invaded by a corruptive element; it’s an irredeemable, unsalvageable land of pure corruption from which Elsa must try to escape.'
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