FOR TOMMY: JIMMY PALMIOTTI
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?
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
So your golem has consciousness? A soul? More than just a
tool, a weapon, something on Batman's utility belt?
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
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?
They are better than most because of a number of reasons.
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.
it's two issues for the price of one, so really.for paper
weight alone, it's a bargain.
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.
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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