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WAITING FOR TOMMY: JIMMY PALMIOTTI
By Richard Johnston

RICHARD: No free magic mushrooms on the cover of issue 1? Damn. Okay, well I want to talk about some of those old trappings, and what Monolith has to offer in replacement. Spider-Man's sense of great responsibility coming with great power. Does The Monolith share that? Does it share any recognizable human traits? Is it more of a Man-Thing?

JIMMY: How does anyone say "man-thing" with a straight face? I can't wait for the movie posters on this, one think of the creative graffiti. That's going to be a whole book in itself. Ok, back to the question. Like most people you're making comparisons to existing icons and using in this case Spider-man as a yardstick to understanding how to categorize something new. The Monolith and Spider-Man may have a lot in common, and I am not talking Mary Jane here, but the responsibility of having great power is always an interesting and humanizing subject. Unlike Spider-Man who has been raised to understand how society works, the Monolith has to deal with the fact that now, in 2004, you can't run around killing anyone that happens to be doing something he sees as wrong. The world around you just wont let anyone get away with it any more especially a world with super powered do-gooders.

 

MONOLITH #1 - SIGNED BY WRITER/INKER JIMMY PALMIOTTI!

RICHARD: So your golem has consciousness? A soul? More than just a tool, a weapon, something on Batman's utility belt?

JIMMY: Yes...a soul, and a consciousness, but not a very evolved one...yet. That takes time and being locked away in a tunnel for over 60 years doesn't go a long way to uncovering the mystery of self. The fun of the book is observing the learning process.

RICHARD: The lot of non-traditional superhero books in the DC Universe of late has not been a happy one, and most seem to fall by the wayside rather quickly. What are Monolith's chances?

JIMMY: They are better than most because of a number of reasons.

First, Phil Winslade is drawing the title, and really, even if you have no interest in the actual story, the art is so beautiful; it would be a crime not to pick it up.

Second, it's two issues for the price of one, so really.for paper weight alone, it's a bargain.

Third, it really is a solid first issue and we created a wonderful supporting cast. As the book goes on, since it is in the DC Universe, other characters will be stopping by from time to time, which is really important for continued success of any title. It's like having a big movie star on your new TV series. It helps in the ratings.

Most important, we have the support of the company and the great people there. It is always an uphill climb launching a new character, but I think everyone involved is on a learning curve and I think this book stands a better chance than most of the books before this.

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