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DF Interview: A supernatural horror amid the gunfire in Fabian Rangel Jr.’s ‘Namwolf
By Byron Brewer
When scrawny Marty Spencer is drafted into the Vietnam War, he finds himself smack dab in the middle of the heart of darkness. But Marty has a secret, a secret even from himself. And Vietnam is a hell of a place to find out you're a werewolf!
From writer Fabian Rangel Jr. and artist Logan Faerber comes ‘Namwolf, a supernatural war comic like no other. It’s so unique, DF was anxious to get more info for you, so we sat down with scribe Fabian Rangel Jr.
Dynamic Forces: Fabian, when you see your new comic’s cover and logo there is no denying what it is about! (laughs) So where did you get the idea for the mashup of a werewolf fighting in the Vietnam War?
Fabian Rangel Jr.: The idea came from Logan and I talking about movies we liked, and I somehow misheard him say "An American Werewolf in Vietnam". After we stopped laughing, we started wondering if we could go ahead and make a comic about that. So yeah, it started as a joke at HeroesCon 2014 and is now an awesome comic!
DF: Describe for us the world you are building in ‘Namwolf. It seems like a fun romp, but are there any underlying political or social statements you are trying to convey to the reader? Did you have any family involved in Vietnam that you’ve used as a touchstone, or is this just fun grindhouse horror?
Fabian Rangel Jr.: This is a monster comic, a horror comic, and an action comic all rolled into one. There are some deeper meanings to be found, for sure, but you'll have to read the book to find out more. [I had] no family in Vietnam, I just wanted to make an over-the-top monster action comic.
DF: What can you tell us about Marty Spencer and the situation he is finding himself in? What other characters might we want to be aware of in the book?
Fabian Rangel Jr.: Marty is a scrawny kid who gets drafted, and is scared as hell to be there. He has no business there. But he finds our real quick he might be better equipped for war than he thought. The other characters are mostly the soldiers in his platoon, but there are some strange enemies that pop up. You have to read the book to find out who they are.
DF: What type of research for this period book did you and artist Logan Faerber do? Pore through books on the Vietnam era and lycanthropy in the library, or dig into some old Full Metal Jacket and classic Universal Wolf Man flicks?
Fabian Rangel Jr.: I mostly watched werewolf movies, Logan watched Vietnam movies. I also read The 'Nam from Marvel.
DF: Following up on the above question, did Logan do research on the weapons, equipment, etc., from the Vietnam War? For the slight cartooniness of his art, Logan seems to have all the essentials nailed down. (There are readers, like a friend of mine, who are maniacs about such stuff, even in mixed genre series.)
Fabian Rangel Jr.: Yeah, he did. Logan wanted to make sure everything looked right.
DF: What’s it like having Eisner award winner Eric Powell as editor, AND as artist of a variant cover? Pretty cool?
Fabian Rangel Jr.: Working with Eric has been surreal. We're both big fans, and it's been a blast having him as our editor. He really is a creative genius. I love his storytelling and of course having his art grace our book is a high-point in our careers.
DF: Fabian, are there any other projects current or future you’d like to tell readers about?
Fabian Rangel Jr.: Yup! I've got Helena Crash coming in March from IDW, Space Riders 2 from Black Mask also in March, 'Namwolf starts in April, then Dark Horse will be releasing The Complete Doc Unknown in July, then Tarantula from Adhouse in the fall. Lots of rad stuff coming your way this year!
Dynamic Forces would like to thank Fabian Rangel Jr. for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer our questions. ‘Namwolf #1 from Albatross Funnybooks hits stores April 19th!
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