MINUTES (ABOUT HUNTER KILLER) WITH... MARK WAID!
all know Mark Waid, right? Great writer, one of the best,
the FF's never been better since Lee, Kirby and Byrne.etc.
Well, we're re-presenting Mark as an interview subject this
week because he's one half of the latest collaborative firestorm
behind the biggest comic book series of 2004 and 2005
- Hunter Killer!
How did you hook up with Marc Silvestri on Hunter Killer?
MARK WAID: We've been talking for years about working
together and our doing something more collaborative and productive
than our typical interaction, which has been mutual admiration
for one another's work followed by my then flirting with his
wife for an hour. It's entirely possible that Marc wants me
doing this just so he can keep a better eye on me, but I'd like
to think it's because we acknowledge each other's creative skills,
Where did the Hunter Killer idea come from?
MARK WAID: Marc had the basic idea -- what if the true
weapons of mass destruction weren't nukes or nerve gas but,
rather, super-human beings -- and they've gone rogue? From
there, I was invited to toss ideas around about how to make
that into a series of stories, and Marc and I together (as
I recall) hit upon the notion of making H/K, at core, a buddy
book about hard moral choices and their consequences.
Sell us on the series as a whole.
MARK WAID: Beyond the fact that it's got the most astounding
Silvestri artwork in years, Hunter-Killer is a great read.
Through the eyes of Ellis, a young man whose entire world
is turned completely upside-down and inside-out by the end
of issue one, we're introduced to a world of intrigue, danger,
sex and adventure that secretly co-exists with our own --
one in which, we promise you, you'll never be completely sure
at any time who the good guys and the bad guys are.
How long are you committed to the project?
MARK WAID: I'm certainly not going anywhere. This is
turning out to be a great working relationship.
What's your reaction to the .25 cent issue? This is your second
retro-priced comic (the first being an issue of the Fantastic
Four price at .9 cents]. Any thoughts?
MARK WAID: Really, truly, whatever gets the story into
the hands of as many potential customers as possible is fine
by me. Good, nervy call on the Cow's part!
Cast the Hunter Killer movie
MARK WAID: Okay: Ellis -- Benjamin McKenzie. Wolf --
Clive Owen. Samantha -- Krista Allen. (Krista, if you're reading
this, call me. You left an earring last time.)
Who wins in an arm-wrestling match, you or Silvestri? You
or [DF] President Nick Barrucci?
MARK WAID: I can take Marc easily just by picking the
right moment to kick his broken foot under the table, but
Nick is a bulldog. He ain't givin' up. Besides, how do you
think he's been getting me to sign all this product over the
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stuff we have planned in the months to come!