Jan. 20th, 2016

Genius #3

Jan. 20th, 2016 05:35 am
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"My first comics were Marvel’s black and white Savage Sword of Conan magazines. In a black and white comic, everyone is basically the same color, but Conan’s flowing locks made it obvious that he was a white dude. It was equally obvious, though, that he was an outsider. Most people didn’t like him when they first encountered him. He was from someplace else. Not quite the last of his kind, but close. Conan, in turn, greeted that antipathy with scorn and strength. He just did what he did and took what he wanted, to hell with what anyone thought of him.

From there, I moved on to the X-Men, as does every teenager who comes to comics at 13. The metaphor at the center of the X-Men is like chum in the adolescent water: Our bodies are changing in ways we don’t understand and aren’t prepared for; we all want to be special, but more than that, we want to be special together. We want kinship and purpose, and to have the power to lash out at those who hurt us as well as the restraint to not."

- Marc Bernardin

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"By the time we're done, we'll have gone through space and time, hopefully set up all our main concepts, and introduced not just a brand new villain to the Marvel Universe, but maybe even a brand new way of looking at that universe." -- Al Ewing

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"I just started thinking about how cool it would be to live in a world where a lot of people had been reverse-engineered into Neanderthals. Just make-believe science, chickens become Velociraptors and spiders become giant. Especially back then, I was looking for ideas that could give me a playground that smelled like an old EC comic book. I think that’s part of where it came from as well. At that point in time, there was no new Road Warrior or Jurassic Park movie to look forward to, and I liked the idea of kind of mixing those two things; a high velocity story that has sort of a Road Warrior feel in a world that was like Jurassic Park."

- Rick Remender

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Don't worry, that doesn't happen in the comic.

So, this one was tricky to choose pages from, for me. The central crisis is between Al(Nuke) and Joe(Dr. Spectrum) is obviously the emotional heart of the story, but the B-plot opens the story and lays on a little foreshadowing, as well as being a One Perfect Moment between Zarda(Power Princess) and Joe.

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WORD OF THE NERD: Do you think readers will react negatively that there is a Caucasian writer on the book? There was a strong reaction by some readers to Mark Waid and J.G. Jones writing Strange Fruit, a story about racial relations in Mississippi in 1927. Some readers though it was not a story that white creators should be the ones tell.

GARTH ENNIS: My line on that is it’s for the reader to decide. If you genuinely believe that a writer has no right or credibility when it comes to writing a particular story, then don’t read it. I would argue that if no non-black writer is allowed to tackle any particular story, you do wonder what was the point of trying to get the story out there in the first place. But I think ultimately the question is one for the reader to answer; if they don’t feel comfortable with the idea, them they shouldn’t read the book. So it’s really in their hands.

The other point I would make is there are a number of black writers in comics. I don’t know if any of them have been burning to write the story of the Tuskegee airmen for any length of time. I suspect that like any other writers in comics what they mostly want to do is write superhero comics. That may turn out to be untrue, someone else might do their own take on it, we will see. I think there was one graphic novel written about the Tuskegee airmen for kids. I don’t know who did it or their background. So as far as I know, mine is the only serious attempt in comics to tell the story. Maybe there will be more.

I find [the Tuskegee airmen] a fascinating story to begin with, about the black pilots who overcame American bigotry to serve in their country’s military to fight the Nazis.

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