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DF Interview: Bryce Carlson shoots straight about Hit: 1957
By Byron Brewer
Detective Harvey Slater is back for more mobster-killing fun when BOOM! Studios unleashes Bryce Carlson and Vanesa R. Del Ray’s Hit: 1957. The lead character of 2013's Hit series is two years older in the miniseries, debuting this month, but whether he's wiser or simply more jaded remains to be seen.
In Carlson and Del Rey's first series, our hero was betrayed by his boss and father figure Captain Blair, and ditched by Bonnie. Whether these transgressions continue to plague the hard-as-nails Slater or not will be revealed as the new series unfolds, but Carlson's noir hero and killer cop seems to be faring well enough, putting a dent in crime thanks to his partners Detective Joe "Sticky" Stickelman and Officer Carl Haywood.
To get the skinny, Dynamic Forces caught up with Carlson. These are the beans we got him to spill.
Dynamic Forces: Detective Harvey Slater is back! Bryce, how is he different?
Bryce Carlson: Man, does it feel good to have Slater back. He’s still the same old whiskey drinking, chain-smoking, no-nonsense son of a bitch from before but now he’s leading the hit squad and his pursuit of Domino and the National Crime Syndicate has turned into more of an obsession. I like to think that Slater is a little more unpredictable in 1957.
DF: Before we start on this sequel book, in a manner of speaking, tell us what we might look for in the way of threads herein from the original Hit.
Bryce Carlson: We basically pick up two years later and catch up with Bonnie in San Clemente, having stayed out of trouble for much too long. That obviously changes and her story becomes a big part of this story arc. Slater’s still in L.A. fighting the good fight but he’s still haunted by the events of 1955 and battling those demons.
DF: Tell us a little about the storyline of Hit 1957.
Bryce Carlson: Spoilers -- Harvey Slater drinks whiskey and kills people. I don’t want to actually spoil anything but I will say that we get more into all of the characters, particularly Slater and Bonnie and their back stories. There’s an interesting and different subplot with Sticky as well that’s one of my favorite parts of the story.
DF: Are you enjoying re-teaming with Vanesa R. Del Rey? Why is she the right artist for these Hit books?
Bryce Carlson: Absolutely. Vanesa is my partner in crime. She’s the best and she’s as big a part of this series as I am so I can’t imagine doing the book without her. There’s too much of both of us on every page. She’s the right artist for the series because she truly understands the characters and the world.
DF: There is an uneasiness about Slater’s character for me; he reminds me of Gerard in the TV series The Fugitive. It seems like there is enormous motivation for him to “go bad.” Is that even a possibility for this detective (unspoilery answer, of course)?
Bryce Carlson: Slater is a complicated man. He could easily go bad. You could say that he is already bad, depending on how you view him and his decisions. Because he skirts the line between good and bad every day, he’s always in danger of teetering the wrong way. He could just as easily continue to walk the line as he could fall into the same traps of the former Captain Blair. That’s what makes him interesting to watch.
DF: Are Slater and Domino your Holmes and Moriarty? How would you sum up their particular relationship?
Bryce Carlson: Not quite. Slater’s arch-nemesis is his past. Domino is the current manifestation of his past fighting him and if Domino goes away, someone else will come and fill those shoes. It’s a never-ending battle for Slater that he can’t win. But that won’t stop him from fighting and trying.
DF: Bryce, is there a possibility of another Hit? I like the fact that Slater and others age.
Bryce Carlson: There’s always a possibility. We did 1955 like it was the only story we would ever tell with these characters. Then we got another shot. We’re treating 1957 the same way -- like there won’t be a tomorrow.
Dynamic Forces would like to thank Bryce Carlson for taking time out of his very busy schedule to answer our questions. Hit 1957 goes on sale March 25th!
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