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Sam Humphries discusses Marvel’s Legendary Star-Lord
Once he was in oblivion, thought killed in the Cancerverse. Now Peter Quill AKA Star-Lord is everywhere, including the silver screen.
The leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy also has a new solo series by writer Sam Humphries (Avengers A.I., Uncanny X-Force) and artist Paco Medina (Ultimate X-Men, Suicide Squad).
Dynamic Forces spoke with Humphries at the Starlin bar on the lower deck of Knowhere. Here is what he told us.
Dynamic Forces: How did you become a part of this new Guardians of the Galaxy spin-off, Legendary Star-Lord?
Sam Humphries: I had been writing Uncanny X-Force and Avengers A.I. which were both tons of fun and dear to my heart. But a lot of projects came up at Marvel – including Legendary Star-Lord – which were too good to pass up. The fit was too perfect and the ideas I had were too exciting. Star-Lord is my first solo book at Marvel and it’s been a blast to spend some solid quality time with Peter Quill.
DF: How does it feel to be part of a potential hot property, especially with the feature film about Star-Lord’s cosmic team about to hit theatres?
Sam Humphries: Well, it’s quite a change from Our Love Is Real! I’m psyched to see the movie and the trailers are awesome. But mostly I’m focusing on writing the most kick-ass Star-Lord to be found in any medium. Chris Pratt, watch your back...!
DF: Takes on Peter Quill are far-ranging, from that of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning to the current swashbuckler of Brian Michael Bendis. Tell us your take on “kick-ass” Quill.
Sam Humphries: Peter is a scoundrel with a heart of gold – he shoots fast, flies fast, and flirts fast, but at the end of the day, his conscious compels him to be a hero.
DF: So, is Legendary Star-Lord an in-continuity series on Quill’s current adventures outside the team? Or is it chronicling adventures before he joined the team, ones we may not have seen?
Sam Humphries: The title takes place in the present day. Just like Iron Man takes place alongside the Avengers.
DF: Do you enjoy science fiction as a genre? Do you approach this book as an SF work or a superhero book that happens to be in space?
Sam Humphries: I actually look at it more like a western that takes place in space. Bars, bounty hunters, frontier towns. Charlier/Moebius’ Blueberry has been a big influence.
DF: Are you a fan of Paco Medina’s art? Thoughts on his Star-Lord work thus far?
Sam Humphries: I love Paco. We worked side by side in the Ultimate Universe a year or two ago and I’ve been chomping at the bit to work with him ever since. Even big time Paco fans like myself are gonna have to pick their jaws up off the floor when they see his Star-Lord pages. Not to be missed.
DF: Sam, any current or future projects you would like to discuss?
There’s a lot going on. But I think the only one I can talk about in public is my plan to build a balcony garden. Anyone tried this before? Hit me up on Twitter! @samhumphries
Dynamic Forces would like to thank Sam Humphries for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer our questions.
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