The Buffy book was blatantly labeled as a
volume one. Are you up for a volume two?
I don't know. That Thessily story was hard to write
and I'm still not sure if it's successful. It is
certainly a very different story than the rest of the
ones in there. I've read the whole collection and I
stick out like a sore thumb, just in terms of the
narrative style that I was doing. There are things in
the Buffy universe that I think are just fantastic
ideas, so it would depend on the project and what was
going on around it. There are characters that they've
touched on that I have been intrigued by. Of the many
things that Joss Whedon can be praised for, one of
them is the complexity of that universe. I think it's
just glorious. There's a wonderful mythology there. It
would be fun to dabble in it, but again it would be so
You have the SPIDER-MAN: QUALITY OF LIFE
mini-series coming out this summer. It seems to have a
big social issue attached to it.
Yes and no. You never want to write a polemic. I
don't want to say that big corporations are bad
because I'm not sure I agree with that one hundred
percent. Like anything there is bad and good. The root
of it is that there is a company that is doing
something very bad and they refuse to take
responsibility for it. In much the same way that
cigarette companies refuse to take responsibilities
for the very bad things that they were doing for a
very long time. So that is the root idea.
If there is a real villain of the piece, it is
cancer. I've been talking to Axel about this a lot,
I've got one more issue to write, and it's cancer.
Spider-Man can't punch cancer. You cannot wrap up
cancer in a web and send him to prison. Cancer always
wins. In the long run, cancer wins.
A company that, then, knowingly allows that to
happen and then does nothing about it should pay a
The thing about Curt Connors is...I have a problem
with straight villains. I have a real problem with
villains like, for instance, the Joker, because all
they are is chaos and evil. There's nothing there.
Part of the mystique about the Joker is you don't know
what's going on there. Even in THE KILLING JOKE, the
potential origin of the Joker is subjective. The
by-law there is that, actually, that is not a
canonized origin because if it is from the Joker's
point of view...well, he's crazy! You can't trust him!
So, the villains that really appeal to me are the
characters that are, going back to a Greek concept,
rife with pathos. Two-Face is a prefect example.
Poison Ivy is a great example. Elektra is a character
full of pathos. And Curt Conners is a great example.
Here's a guy who wanted nothing more than to find a
way to regenerate his arm. There's nothing wrong in
that. Then he becomes...it really is Doctor-Jeckyll-and-Mister-Hyde.
And he can't control it. You put that character into
an environment where he also finds himself helpless
because you cannot become the Lizard and kill cancer
and you have a very good basis for a story.
WHITEOUT. Because you can't get away from it.
How's the movie going?
I have no idea!
Well, that doesn't sound good.
I really don't know. The people at Radiant
(Wolfgang Petersen's production company) tell me
they're committed. They tell my agent they're
committed. They really want to see it made. There has
been a screenplay. There has been a desire to get the
screenplay rewritten. They're shopping it around
because the Radiant deal at Columbia/Sony fell through
or ended or whatnot. So, we'll see. This is not
something I hold my breath about.
There have already been some significant changes.
There was a draft that strayed so far from the source
material. What's being done now is that they're
looking for someone to bring it closer to what the
actual mini-series was... If. When. How. I have no
There will be a third WHITEOUT.
It is not at the top of my list of projects right
now. I am willing to go back to Carrie (Stetko, main
character of the previous two mini-series). I think
there is another story to tell, but I am not in a
hurry to tell it. Any further WHITEOUT that would be
done, pretty much would have to be done with Steve
Lieber. There's just no way to do a WHITEOUT and not
have Steve draw it. There is then the question of
getting schedules in line and the question of actually
writing it. The most important thing is...I don't want
it to be, again, half-assed. I'm not going to write it
because people want it. I'm going to write it because
it's ready to be written. No offense to those people
who want it, but you'll be happier if I write when it
is ready to be written then when you want it.
The third would be the last?
Yeah. It is the last one. Regardless of what
happens or how it would end.
There was a very mixed response to MELT (the second
mini-series), and not solely because it was a
different story than the initial WHITEOUT, but also
because I think when I wrote it I wasn't sure. I knew
what the story was I wanted to tell but i wasn't sure
why I was telling it. I'm not going to replicate that
What else is coming up that I'm forgetting?
BLACK WIDOW: PALE LITTLE SPIDER. It's a three issue
mini-series in Marvel's MAX line, which consequently
people, I think, are expecting will be full of
breasts, penises and bare bottoms and lots and lots of
sex. If you're looking to pick this thing up for a
date with your hand in the bathroom, you're going to
One of the things the MAX line allows is for the
exploration of more adult themes and adult ideas and
adult places. There is erotic content to the story.
That's very intentional. I've heard people say
"It's an excuse to have Black Widow naked."
No, it's not.
Igor Kordey is drawing. First issue is pretty much
done, He's finishing up the second one, I think, as we
speak and it looks to be on schedule
This your second Black Widow mini, are there
going to be more?
I don't know. I like the character. I like them
both actually. I like Yelena, the new one, and
Natasha, the other one. I like spy stuff. At their
hearts they're spies not super-heroes. They're
characters that I would be happy to play with again,
but I don't have anything planned.
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