few simple questions, that's all it was. Just a few simple
questions sent to Bryan
Hitch. And what did I get back? A tome. Now I know
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But what a tome! Bryan goes in depth with his motivations,
his thoughts on his work and where it's going that follow-ups
seemed unnecessary. But I did anyway.
JONSTON: What the hell happened with you and CrossGen
anyway? Anything you can talk about?
HITCH: Sure I can, but I'm not going to. Not in
any detail anyway. It's just not that interesting and
I don't like airing my dirty underwear in public if
I can avoid it. I'm certainly not interested in airing
Alessi's soiled knickers anywhere at all, but that said,
I know I made the right decision for all the right reasons.
I don't think I handled the situation at all well, but
if I had joined the Crossgen Cult and moved to the Compound
(as I very nearly did) I would have been miserable and
it just wouldn't have worked for them or me.
Not much else to add, the rest's just gossip, Rich and
you'd have to get me drunk enough to shag me for the
rest, and there aren't enough Bacardi Breezers in Christendom
to facilitate such an activity. So there.
I began to assemble the drawing skills for myself, I realised
that I have very different things to say and very different
stories to tell; now I have my own language and that's
just as it should be.
ABSOLUTE AUTHORITY VOLUME ONE HARDCOVER
Bryan, you are accused of seduction of the innocent!
Aiding and abetting in turning wholesome, All-American
heroes into morally repugnant weasels. In Authority,
you helped turn fine iconic figures into fascists,
and in Ultimates
you have turned the world's finest Superhero team
into shifty unheroic monsters. Why have you chosen
this route when your earlier stylistic mentor,
Davis, continues to bring out the best and
the brightest in those same characters?
Well, it may have taken more years than I care
to realise, but it should be pretty obvious that
Alan and I have very different ideas about what
makes a good comic. Our comics reading History
is different, our life experiences are different
and what stimulates us is different. Anything
I took from his work was pure surface sheen and
Anyway what the badgery f**k do you mean "innocent"?
Mark and I made it clear from the offset that The Ultimates
aren't the Avengers
and anybody expecting to find The Avengers in our book
is going to be disappointed.
Define "Unheroic." These are still people who risk their
lives day in and day out to keep their country and the
world safe from the things nobody else can deal with.
Yes they are paid soldiers but so is everyone in the
military and that wouldn't stop the media and governments
alike calling them heroes after taking Iraqi oil fields
for the good old USA. None of them are Ghandi, admittedly;
they are all too human but that's the way it should
be. Where does it state in the rulebook that they have
to be whiter than white and purer than the driven bloody
snow? Where's the drama? If that was the case all you'd
be left with is 22 pages of people in daft costumes
smacking about people in other daft costumes and pontificating
about playing fair. That isn't how the world works,
and besides there are plenty of other Superhero books
where perfect bodied beauties and Adonis's with colourful
painted bodies lecture each other about morals, who
needs another one?
I think these people are heroes. They risk their lives
despite their human frailties and that makes their actions
more powerful. Tony [Stark] may indeed be a self serving
thrill seeker, but he also has a limited time to live
and is using that time to keep others safe. Every time
he puts the armour on his company loses money but he
does it. He is scared sh**less every time he goes into
action, but he does it. What is unheroic about that?
Would you or I do it? I chickened out of a bungee jump
and a parachute drop so even though I would never wish
anybody harm and would like to think I could rise to
an occasion that would require some heroic action on
my part I doubt I'd have the balls.
These people aren't the Avengers. But we don't want
them to be. They have their own book, and their own
continuity. Why do it the same way twice? The Ultimates
are at the beginning of that journey the Avengers and
other Classic super teams have gone through and it is
beginning in a different time with different attitudes.
We will see change in all of them. What they are put
through over two years of our run will force them to
change and examine their attitudes and motivations some
of them may emerge in a better light than others.
of this came out of our "Avengers: The Movie" approach;
you know, what would we do if we were making the Avengers
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are accustomed to a certain approach to team books:
A threat occurs in the first issue and a group of
disparate individuals meet up after having their
arses handed to them by said antagonist and say
"Hang on there my like minded four-colour chums!
What say we band together and show this fellow a
good old American What For!" Following the above
mentioned trouncing they think it's a jolly good
hoot, and vow to keep the world safe from anybody
in a badly designed costume for as long as they
still look trim in tights. This basic set-up hasn't
changed for years and was one we were about to follow
ourselves. What became our first five issues was
originally the proposal for our first single issue,
until we realised that apart from that scenario,
there was a great deal of interest to be mined from
the characters themselves.
There was no point in doing this unless we could better
the sales and circulation of Avengers, and certainly
no point in doing this if were only to produce Extreme
Avengers. It's no secret that Millar and I were approached
with the intention of us doing the Authority for Marvel,
but to us that was old hat and an approach that had
been copied by others, so naturally we wanted to evolve
the process and lift the bar for ourselves. We had the
opportunity to forget the familiar and start completely
from the ground floor, building a new book with a new
approach and it's own dedicated continuity. We have
tried from the earliest time to ask people to leave
their preconceived notions at the door, and I think
this book is being judged now on it's own merits in
a positive way not as a secondary Avengers title.
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