The following exclusive interview with special guest Justin Jordan (Twitter – @Justin_Jordan, Blog – Attack of the Librarygorilla) contains SPOILERS for Hack/Slash 17. Go read the book first and then come on back!
Luther Strode is Tradd’s only published worked, at least of this writing, but I know that he has some more stuff coming out later this year. But, really, he should be drawing every comic ever.
Tradd and I have been working together since….2009? I think 2009. So coming up on three years now. And I would happily continue to work with him as long as he will have me.
2. How did you find the voice of the Hack/Slash characters?
I’ve been reading Hack/Slash since the Devil’s Due days, which helped a whole lot. Once I’d plotted out the issues I busted out my omnibus and used that as a guide. That said, it took a couple of tries to get Vlad’s speech patterns right, and the initial draft had Cassie swearing a bit more than is usual.
Hopefully, the characters ended up sounding right. Character voice is one of the more important bits in writing, and I hope I got it right.
3. Any chance for a Hack/Slash – Luther Strode crossover?
Tim and I have talked about it a bit – it was, actually, part of the initial conversation we had when we first met last year. I’d like to do it, but there’s a lot of ducks to get in a row with this sort of thing.
4. How different is the writing process between Team 7 (Issue #0 in September from DC Comics) and your creator-owned Luther Strode?
Very. As was writing Hack/Slash. With Luther, I have absolutely freedom in what I do; I can kill whoever I like, or not kill them, or turn every one into small pink monkeys. With other people’s stuff, you can’t do that. But that kind of freedom comes with it’s drawbacks – you’re working in a vacuum, where there are only the opinions of the creative team so, you know, pressure.
With Team 7, I’m working with characters that aren’t my own, in a universe that isn’t my own. And what I right has to slot in with 51 other books, so there’s a lot of back and forth with editorial. It’s fun and interesting, but it’s a whole different set of creative muscles.
5. Can you tease any of your SDCC announcements?
Sure: Ain’t got none. I do have something that will be announced in the next week or two that is awesome, and another project sometime after that, but as far as I know, there are no SDCC announcements.
Thanks to Justin Jordan for the interview, and come back after issue 18 for another Five Questions with…!
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