Nach einem längerem Streit über die Frage, ob Wonder Woman in ihrer Serie nun Hosen tragen wird oder nicht und erste Seiten mit Zeichnungen von Cliff Chiang, meldet sich nun noch jemand zu Wort: Brian Azzarello, seines Zeichens Autor der Serie.Mit dem Coventry Telegraph sprach der über die Serie. Dabei ging es unter anderem um den Neustart des DC Universums, die Sache mit den Hosen und die Tatsache, dass Azzarello Wonder Woman nicht als Superhelden-Comic, sondern als Horrorgeschichte beschreibt. Danke gilt an Sue von DC Women Kicking Ass, die diesen Artikel entdeckt hat.
WITH September right around the corner and DC’s relaunch extravaganza set to dominate the shelves at your local comic shop, we sat down with Eisner Award-winning writer Brian Azzarello.
As Wizard World Comic-Con took over Chicago this month, I had chance to get some insight into Brian’s upcoming endeavors amid the DC Comics reboot, in which 52 of its titles are starting from scratch with new first issues.
Serving as what may eventually be considered a founding father, Azzarello has been given the duty of reinventing the most iconic female character in the DC library, Wonder Woman.
And seeing that he’s tackled Superman and Batman in past projects for the publisher, how does the scribe feel about completing the Holy Trinity of comic book lore?
„You just touched on something as far as the Trinity goes; there’s no such thing as the trinity. That’s invented you know. There’s Superman and there’s Batman and there’s everybody else,“ he says.
But that’s not the way he intends to leave it: „So what I want to do, I want to create that damn trinity. I want it to mean something.“
Does that mean she’ll have to stand on her own? He replies with: „Isn’t that the point, isn’t that what she needs?“
Though not tied down by dated continuity like the more recent writers on the title, Azzarello has the imminent reboot of the entire DC Universe to deal with. Will they have heavy constraints from DC as things get under way, or does the restart equal a free pass?
„Actually I can’t do whatever I want,“ he says. „I’ll tell you this though, the first issue’s all done and we’re running right up to the edge, as far as what we can get away with. We’re pushing the envelope with this one. I firmly believe that that’s what this character needs right now.“
Azzarello has given life to established big-name favorites and he’s turned the independent world on its head with the likes of his award-winning run on 100 Bullets, published on DC’s Vertigo label.
So how will DC’s new beginning affect him and how he’ll handle Wonder Woman? „I can only speak for myself, were doing a soft reboot, we’re not getting rid of her history or anything like that.“
He then adds, with a little reassurance and a laugh: „People need to relax, she’s not wearing pants. But it’s not going to be a superhero book. I can guarantee you that, it’s not a superhero book. It’s a horror book.“
Wonder Woman in a horror book written by Brian Azzarello definitely sounds like a departure from the norm. But one that I agree the character needs and could prove to be one of the 52’s most interesting.
Though we’ll be treated to only one new DC title from the writer, the good news doesn’t stop with Wonder Woman. Returning to a familiar imprint as well as putting the band back together, Brian spilled a little on his other new project.
„Well [Wonder Woman] is September, the following month Spaceman debuts from Vertigo. It’s the entire 100 Bullets team back together.“ And if the returning creative team isn’t enough incentive, he adds: „The first issue’s a buck, so there’s no excuse not to buy it and it’s got extra story pages, for a dollar.“ The last said with a smile, much like the one I’ll have after getting 28 pages of new material for one US dollar.
Azzarello’s run on 100 Bullets matched the title’s boast of one hundred, but the author intends to bring a completely fresh take to a desolate concept with Spaceman: „It’s funny ‚cause we are world building with this story. It takes place in a kind of a dystopian future. A lot of the dire predictions that scientists have made about things like climate change have come true, a lot of economic upheaval.“
Much like he did with Bullets, Azzarello might just revitalize a genre with his new book, adding: „It’s not science fiction, it’s science hell.“ Also compared to the former, what kind of run can the fans expect out of Spaceman? He offerws: „The first arc is nine issues. Then we’re gonna take a break; you’re getting nine issues the first year.
„Yeah, we’ve got some other ideas that we want to do but 100 issues on one thing, we’re not going to do that again,“ adding with a smile and a laugh: „We want to tell smaller quicker stories.“
There’s another new aspect for the writer as he shapes this bleak future: „I’m playing around a lot with language, I’m trying to invent this future slang and it’s been really fun.“
Next month kicks off what should be an incredibly busy year for Brian, but is he looking ahead to what’s next: „I’m really happy with what I’m working on right now. There’s a few other things down the road, but right now I’m concentrating on Wonder Woman and Spaceman.“
But what isn’t this comic idol being asked? What’s he doing right now that nobody knows about?
„What am I doing right now that nobody’s asked about? Oh, because of all this crappy weather right now we have an ant problem in my kitchen, so I’ve been killing ants. That’s what I’ve been doing lately!“
Not much information was available at the convention via panel or publisher, but with gracious contributors like Azzarello we stay in touch with the books and characters we love the most.
Huge thanks to Brian for giving his time and answering questions on a very hectic day. And thanks to Wizard World for the accommodations and event access.
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