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DF Interview: Michael Moreci pushes SF to new heights in Roche Limit: Clandestiny
By Byron Brewer
Bestselling writer Michael Moreci and artists Kyle Charles and Vic Malhotra team up in May for the second volume of their continuing saga, this time entitled Roche Limit: Clandestiny.
In this groundbreaking sci-fi tale from Image Comics, it's 75 years after the events that left the Roche Limit colony in flames. When a crew of military and science personnel are sent to the forgotten and desolate planet on a mysterious expedition, they quickly learn its dark secrets—and that their mission is not what they thought it to be. With danger lurking all around, the crew members fight to find a way off the planet and resist the mysterious presence that haunts them all.
Dynamic Forces caught up with Michael Moreci and this is what he had to tell is about this new chapter of Roche Limit.
Dynamic Forces: Michael, the original Roche Limit set up the beginnings of a noir tale unlike anything I have ever seen, and that extends back to the Silver Age. How did it feel to see the work receive such fan and critical acclaim?
Michael Moreci: Thanks! Honestly, it felt great. Probably more gratifying than anything I’ve done because it really encouraged me to believe in the comics medium potential. Roche Limit is a strange, challenging, cerebral book, and I embrace all of it, fully. It’s my baby. And to see so many others embrace it as well, despite being something pretty uniquely different, has kept me and the book going.
DF: Tell us how this sequel came about.
Michael Moreci: It’s always been there, actually. Roche Limit has been a trilogy in my mind since the very beginning. I’m an obsessive planner, and I was lucky enough to come up with, what’s to me, a pretty cool overall arc that covers a lot of time, characters, philosophies and story.
DF: It’s 75 years later now. Tell us about your protagonists.
Michael Moreci: The main two are Sasha and Elbus. Sasha is the leader of the science team, Elbus leads the military team. Both are driven and smart, but a little damaged in their core, for different reasons. Sasha is the real thrust of the story, though. As we saw in Volume One, characters really embody the philosophies of the book, and Sasha is the where this focus will rest. And, she’s a total science bad ass.
DF: Do you enjoy this brand of mystery/sci-fi? There is a lot of 2001 here, at least in my way of thinking.
Michael Moreci: Oh yeah. To me, that’s the ONLY sci-fi. If you’re not pushing boundaries of thought and the way people see the world, and themselves, you’re not doing sci-fi right. That’s the genre’s purpose, to use speculation of the future to explain who we are in the present.
DF: Can you give us any non-spoilery information about the mysterious presence that haunts the military and science explorers herein?
Michael Moreci: Hahaha … not really. Okay, let’s say that it ties into the final page of issue #5 (the final issue of Volume One).
DF: Considering the success of the original book, what has been the biggest challenge in handling this sequel series?
Michael Moreci: It’s tough to now have expectations hanging over me. When we first came out, I don’t think people were expecting much. We weren’t Bitch Planet, you know? But now, people are watching, and it’s tough for me because I don’t want to do what I did in Volume One again. I’ve made it clear, I hope, that each volume is very much its own thing. Volume Two isn’t even sci-fi/noir, it’s something totally different. So, I hope people don’t expect more of the same, exactly. It has the same feel, the same existential bent, but this new story is very much a NEW story. Which is exciting and terrifying.
DF: How is it working with artists Kyle Charles and Vic Malhotra?
Michael Moreci: A dream, a blast, a pleasure. Both are master storytellers, have great style, and are a lot of fun to work with. I’ve been a lucky writer, to say the very least.
DF: Was there any story, et al that actually inspired you toward Roche Limit?
Michael Moreci: The initial idea of this colony existing on the cusp of a Roche limit actually began with Steve Seeley (the book’s co-creator). What came from there is a reflection of my own personal philosophies and politics. And Blade Runner. Lots of Blade Runner!
Dynamic Forces would like to thank Michael Moreci for taking time from his busy schedule to answer our questions. Roche Limit: Clandestiny #1 launches from Image Comics on May 6th!
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