So Liefeld and Joe Keatinge both put up their Slate interviews with David Weigel. So here’s mine.
I know I’ve said a lot of this stuff in other interviews, but I think there’s a couple new things in this one.
I’m fascinated, as it seems a lot of other people are, by the reinvention of these old Liefeld characters. How did you get the book, and what research did you do on the Extreme/Liefeldverse before starting to write? How were you approached, what was the pitch, what was the reaction?
I just got the job because I was hanging out with Eric Stephenson, who runs Image and Joe Keatinge who did the new Glory.
I was just joking around with them talking about how I’d do Prophet as a space Conan.
I went out and got the first couple issues to plan what I was going to do.
The first idea I had was about Prophet clones having stages of growth, where they start out as humans who have these much harsher warriors growing inside them that they’d birth out.
The main Prophet would be a clone who learned of this and cut the fetus thing out of him before it could grow big enough to kill him.
The idea got changed when Simon Roy got on board and we started talking about what he’d want to do. and then later when Image asked that we do the book monthly we came up with the idea for all the clones and brought in Farel and Giannis.
The research has been ongoing, I’m always finding 90’s Extreme books I haven’t read or old Wizard interviews that help me come up with new stuff to mess with. It feels like comic book archaeology.
What advice/rules were you given when you took over? (Liefeld had said that “the Extreme catalogue of characters has been patiently standing on the sidelines waiting for creators of this caliber to emerge and make great comics with them,” which seems awfully nice, and true.)
I was told that I could do anything I wanted as long as there wasn’t too much swearing or nudity—so they could keep it all ages.
Liefeld and Stephenson have been fantastic to work with. It’s fantastic how much faith they’ve had in me. I really appreciate it.
Were you reading these original comics when they arrived in the 1990s?
I pretty really anti superhero comics in the 90’s. I was mostly reading stuff like Poison Elves and Gold Digger and whatever Manga and French comics I could get a hold of—Dragon Ball and Milo Manara books.
I always think about a Poison elves issue where the main character is offered wishes from a genie and Drew Hayes put in these jabs at Image— “anything you want, Little “I” logo, tiny feet”
It’s such a different landscape now.
You told CBR that you correspond with Liefeld, asking questions such as “who’d be alive in a thousand years?” What’s he think of the books? What advice have you incorporated? I haven’t seen any reference to a sort of series “bible,” so how much free reign do you have?
I have a 90’s book called “Youngblood Battlezone #2” I don’t have issue #1. I should get that — I look at it a lot. It’s like a Who’s who of the Youngbloodverse.
Liefeld seems to like what we’re doing, I always try to check with him and remember that these are his his characters that I’m getting to play around with.
It’s been nothing but support from him, I just sent him some new ideas and asked about what he thought would work, he wrote back saying— “Anything and everything can be explained”