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"I wish I could take credit for the image, but my memory is that Jason Aaron tossed it out during one of the creative retreats and I dived on it like a rat on a slice of pizza. I knew exactly what to do with it and what it signifies..." -- Mark Waid

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Archie #5

Feb. 9th, 2016 12:04 am
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"There is a valid school of thought that says that good villains must have realistic, complex motivations and sympathetic (or at least comprehensible) goals. As adversaries, they must be textured. By and large, I subscribe to this theory.

"On the other hand, sometimes people are just jerks."
-- Mark Waid

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"The generational aspect was something that we backed into more than planned. The initial goal was to mix in two or three heroes who’d never been Avengers before, and if you've read Jonathan Hickman's excellent run, you’ll sympathize when I say that my choices were few and far between. Hickman’s Avengers included half the New Warriors, some of the Fantastic Four, all of the Green Bay Packers, and my Aunt Madeline, who was of no help." -- Mark Waid

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They've got brand and ambition.

They've of course got ego too, but it's not grandiose- it's simply stated.

The Fox's Mister Smile, in Dean Haspiel and Mark Waid's second run on the Archie character, was one like that.

The way he introduced himself evinced that. )
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Star Wars: Princess Leia by Mark Waid and the Dodsons is pretty good. It has the same sort of tone and fits in with the world of the books while Leia remains Leia.

When Princess Leia Organa was captured by the Empire, she never betrayed her convictions - even after the complete destruction of her home world, Alderaan. When her rescue came, Leia grabbed a blaster and joined the fight, escaping back to the Rebel Alliance and helping strike the biggest blow against the Empire - the destruction of the Death Star! But in the aftermath of that victory, the question remains... what is a princess without a world? As Leia comes to grips with her loss, a new mission leads her to the underground world of Sullust.

The series starts straight after the medal ceremony at the end of A New Hope
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'Our first story is, as near as Brevoort and I can remember, the first time since 1963 that someone’s actually done an Avengers origin story; because when we pick up after Secret Wars, there is no formal “Avengers” team for the first time ever.' -- Mark Waid

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Archie #4

Dec. 27th, 2015 01:11 am
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"It's being done not out of jaded cynicism or to inflate sales but truly, honestly, out of a love for pop-culture icons that no one wants to see go the way of, say, Davy Crockett or Woody Woodpecker. (Kids, ask your parents.)" -- Mark Waid

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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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"After the Jonathan Hickman era fielding the largest active Avengers team ever, we wanted to pull back to a more manageable scale and a tight team of characters whose interactions and relationships could form the backbone of the drama." -- Editor Tom Brevoort

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"To me, the fun of writing any team book is seeing how its members react to one another in the non-action moments. What happens when you strand these two on a desert island? What about when you take these three, who’ve never shared page-time before, and send them on a do-or-die mission?" -- Mark Waid

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Archie #3

Oct. 29th, 2015 03:29 pm
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"The potential here is boundless and limited only by imagination -- when I began, I sat down intending to start with a brief document explaining how I saw all the characters in Riverdale, but four hours and 3,000 words later, I realized I'd gotten only to Archie, Betty and Jughead, and I could have kept writing through the night. It's just a matter of drilling down on well-constructed characters -- and the more I write about them, the more I find to write." -- Mark Waid

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"I'm not entirely sure why interest in S.H.I.E.L.D. ebbs and flows, though I'm not sure that's not true of anything from Hawkeye to Moon Knight, either. I do think that flat-out espionage without at least the tiniest dash of superheroics is a hard sell to a Marvel audience--but while we will have plenty of guest-stars (PLEN-T), it'll always be a S.H.I.E.L.D. book all the way." -- Mark Waid

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'Out of the box” is the fun place to go. Ms. Marvel teaming with Simmons. Spider-Man teamed with—go Google him!—Mr. Rasputin. Sue Richards, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. I’m still trying to crack the Howard the Duck/Rocket Raccoon mission, but I’ll get there as God is my witness.' -- Mark Waid

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"I have never had a better creative experience in comics than with Daredevil, and I hope it showed. I never dreamed I'd ever get this far into Matt Murdock's head, and now it's going to be a hell of a task to get back out of it." -- Mark Waid

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"My friend Tom Peyer reminded me that there’s a character in S.H.I.E.L.D.’s very first appearance, way back in Strange Tales #135, that has never been seen or referred to again--and in this story, we learn how he threads back through everything Jonathan Hickman and others built into S.H.I.E.L.D.’s history, how he figures into the organization’s future..." -- Mark Waid

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