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DF Interview: Bryan Hill helps tie three worlds together in ‘Eden’s Fall’ crossover
By Byron Brewer
This summer, Matt Hawkins (Symmetry), Bryan Hill (IXth Generation) and Atilio Rojo (The Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye) are set to cross-over Postal, The Tithe and Think Tank, in a three-issue event titled “Eden’s Fall,” for Top Cow.
Tying together the grounded, realistic worlds the three books inhabit, the event series sets out to explore justice done outside of the rule of the law.
Bryan Hill spoke with Dynamic Forces about the project.
Dynamic Forces: Bryan, I imagine it takes a special kind of writer’s energy to manage real-world books like Postal, The Tithe and Think Tank. But this summer, you and Matt Hawkins along with artist Atilio Rojo are planning to cross those series over in a three-issue event. Have you guys gone daft, man? Whassup wit’dat?
Bryan Hill: In Matt’s mind, his books were always connected, always in the same universe, but I think he was just waiting for the right story. When he found it, he shared it with me and I thought it was a good idea and certainly in sync with what I’m doing currently on Postal.
It’s interesting, because the characters of Postal are seen from the outside-in within “Eden’s Fall,” and that’s a new way to look at these characters, through the eyes of characters from both The Tithe and Think Tank.
DF: Will there be one character from a book that we as readers will be following, the true protagonist along the way?
Bryan Hill: Special Agent James Miller from The Tithe is essentially our window into the story. He’s carrying a grudge from the brutal end of the most recent arc of The Tithe and that carries him into the world of “Eden’s Fall.” Since I’m scripting with Matt, I actually get to mess around with Miller a little, and that’s fun. He’s a good man learning that the world doesn’t care about goodness. We’re watching a man lose his faith in the justice system, while being a part of that system. It’s a cool dichotomy to explore.
DF: What will the backdrop be? (I have several wages going on Postal’s Eden, Wyoming … the event being called “Eden’s Fall” … pretty good detective work, if true, eh?)
Bryan Hill: Call you Columbo! (laughs) Eden, Wyoming (the world of Postal) will indeed be most of the setting, but unlike Postal, we’ll have major plot elements happening far outside of the town as well.
DF: Connecting storyline?
Bryan Hill: It’s a simple set up. Agent Miller from The Tithe needs to go to Eden to track down the sociopath that won the last match in The Tithe. The mission brings in Dr. David Loren from Think Tank and the major (and some minor) characters of Postal will definitely impact Miller’s mission of justice. It’s conflict coming from all sides and no clear sense of who is right and wrong.
DF: What interesting character mash-ups are you most looking forward to in this one?
Bryan Hill: Thornton, the villain from the last arc of The Tithe is a genuinely terrible person. (laughs) I’m fond of gray area definitions of good and evil, but some apples are just bad. We haven’t seen what happens in Postal when a truly irredeemable person is brought into the town, where the town places its morality around that concept. That conflict appeals to me the most.
DF: What can you tell us about the art for “Eden’s Fall”?
Bryan Hill: Atilio Rojo has been doing great work on IX Generation (a series which recently wrapped up) and since Isaac Goodheart, the regular artist of Postal, is busy working on the main series, Atilio expressed interest and he’s doing “Eden’s Fall.” Atilio brings a good sense of character and verisimilitude and I think fans of Postal, Think Tank and The Tithe will be really excited with the work he’s doing.
DF: Lastly, Bryan, can I ask non-spoilery if one or more book’s continuity will be permanently/seriously affected by the event?
Bryan Hill: A definite maybe. (laughs)
Dynamic Forces would like to thank Bryan Hill for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer our questions. The first issue of Top Cow's "Eden's Fall" crossover is planned for release in August.
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