Joe Keatinge Talks GLORY Re-Launch at Image Comics

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Amazonian Goddess Gloriana Demeter, also know as Glory, appeared in 91 IMAGE comic books; appearing for the first time in Rob Liefeld's YOUNGBLOOD. She later went on to star in her very own, self-titled series. So what happened to the busty platinum blonde?

IMAGE Comics recently solicited the relaunch of GLORY which will feature writer Joe Keatinge and the art of Ross Campbell. This all-new GLORY is incredibly different from the Glory we knew before. With the help of Campbell, Joe Keatinge's GLORY will not only look very different from the original version, but she will be very different as well. We recently caught up with Joe Keatinge to find out about his adaptation of GLORY and to hear about his all-new creator owned book titled HELL YEAH.

Comic Vine: What is it like to relaunch GLORY with Ross Campbell? What is the creative process like between the two of you? How much input does Campbell have on the development of the story? Do you bounce ideas off one another?

Joe Keatinge: Ross is very much the ideal collaborator. There's always a risk with work-for-hire that you'll be paired with someone you don't exactly gel with and despite not knowing Ross before coming together for Glory, we've come very much in sync and have become friends. While I do develop the story more or less on my own, I bring Ross into the process when it's more or less formed and see what feedback he has. I don't like the idea of just turning over a script to an artist and expecting them to like it. I want it to be something they're having fun drawing. While the core story may have been the same, how I would have gone about it would have been different if I was collaborating with a different artist.

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GLORY #1

CV: The character looks very different than her previous appearances. Does this fact at all reflect the overall tone of the story?

JK: Yeah, absolutely. The approach to Glory and the story were crafted simultaneously. In my initial pitch I specifically stated I wanted her to look like a warrior - like a weapon, moreso than a classic superheroine. And the story is very much about what happens when that weapon is fired, so to speak. Her destiny was annihilation and once that happens, well, where do you go from there? I want people to look at her and think she's the biggest bad ass in comics. I wanted her to look like she could take on Supreme and not break a sweat.

CV: If you can sum up Glory in three words what would they be?

JK: She'll break you.

CV: We know that Glory is half-Amazon and half-Demon warrior princess but the average reader might not. What else can you tell us about the character? Will this relaunch take into account a lot of her character history?

JK: Glory was born Glorianna Demeter by her warrior queen mother and her demon king father, ending the war their ancestor started eons before they existed. She was trained from birth to eventually lead a united form of both sides or destroy either one if they ever got out of line. After hundreds of years of training she eventually left her people for Earth to see new ways of living, but her father eventually betrayed the truce, causing Glory to clash with him. The original comics concentrated on their conflict, ours start when it's over. Glory fought the war. It ended. Now she's a bit lost, unsure of where to go next and unhappy with the result of everything she has ever been trained for.

CV: What is it about Glory that drew you to her character?

JK: There was an opportunity to take a superhero genre-based character and do something on a very different scale and approach than most superhero comics. She's royalty, she's a doomsday device. Once I was in, it was hard to stop. I initially developed a plan that would take us through issue #50, now I'm envisioning taking it up to #100, assuming sales and editorial allow it. I'm really in love with all the characters here, especially Glory and one we introduce in our first issue who will be a major player in the entire run, however long it is.

HELL YEAH #1

CV: You have a lot of projects you're preparing, including a creator owned book being published through IMAGE titled HELL YEAH. Can you tell us a little bit about that?

JK: Hell Yeah is the ongoing superhero series I've developed ever since I realized human beings actually made comics. Its taken many forms over the years over a variety of names, including a one-act play I wrote and directed in college, up until its current form. It's about society twenty years after the first superheroes appear and what a group like Youngblood's effect would be on culture - from the very basics to how we live to pop culture overall. What form does music take in a world like this? How do you measure up in a world where someone can run across the planet? The first arc is about a guy named Ben Day, who discovers every other version of him throughout reality has been murdered and his long-time girlfriend from another dimension has come to our world to save him.

CV: Where did you get your inspiration for the story?

JK: All sorts of places. It started by having an intense love and passion for comics, specifically the early Image books, but the inspirations come from all over the place, whether it's music, movies or life experiences. The fashion world was big on how our heroes would look. I advised Andre early on to not look at other superhero comics, but rather crack open an issue of Vogue France. They already look like they have superpowers! I probably gained more direct influence from people like Andy Warhol than I did, say, Clark Kent.

CV: You have a long history with IMAGE, having previously worked in their Marketing department. How much of that influenced your decision to publish HELL YEAH through IMAGE?

JK: It helped in that I've now have a great relationship and a huge amount of trust in their Publisher, Eric Stephenson, and partners including Erik Larsen, Jim Valentino and Robert Kirkman. However, HELL YEAH was first inspired when I read Image Comics in their inception in 1992. Specific comics like Spawn #10, Youngblood #6, Savage Dragon #21 and Casual Heroes #1 (to name a few) were massive influences on me to want to create my own ongoing superhero series through Image. It took a number of iterations from then through high school and college and was eventually shelved. I never felt it had a chance of becoming a real thing until I met series artist Andre Szymanowicz. Without him I probably would have never tried to do Hell Yeah, but when I saw his work I knew I found the best possible collaborator for the series. He had a lot of the same influences as I did, including Image. Sometimes a book is just destined to be at a publisher. Hell Yeah is an Image book by both design and destiny.

The first issue of GLORY will be written by Joe Keatinge and will feature the art of Ross Campbell. Glory's creator, Rob Liefeld, will be contributing to the title with a variant cover for the book. GLORY #1 is set for release on February 15th, 2012. The first issue of HELL YEAH, also written by Keatinge, will hit store shelves on March 7th, 2012. Check out the five-page preview of the first issue of GLORY below and be sure to let us know whether you are looking forward to either of these two comic books.

#1 Posted by sora_thekey (8175 posts) - - Show Bio

Hell Yeah sounds interesting... Not so sure about Glory though.

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#2 Posted by The Impersonator (5483 posts) - - Show Bio

Hell Yeah sounds Hell Yeah! :P

But Glory? Hmmmm....We'll just have to give Glory to God. :P

#3 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (33396 posts) - - Show Bio
@sora_thekey said:

Hell Yeah sounds interesting... Not so sure about Glory though.

Yea more interested in Hell Yea but I'll probably check them both out
#4 Posted by Mumbles (846 posts) - - Show Bio

that art is really bad. he is a long ways away from being a pro.

#5 Posted by I'maDC/ImageGuy! (1648 posts) - - Show Bio

EXTREME!!!!!!!!!!

#6 Posted by Green_Lanterns_Light (8 posts) - - Show Bio

This comic looks like utter crap. I hope this isn't what all the relaunched titles are going to look like. Can't wait for Youngblood. Now if they would just bring back Brigade

#7 Posted by sinful (149 posts) - - Show Bio

Love the Art..going to give it a try.

#8 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6885 posts) - - Show Bio

Love Glory...don't know about this particular artwork though to be honest.

#9 Edited by Iron_Turtle (583 posts) - - Show Bio

What the hell is up with her leg in that panel with the tank? Artist fail.

#10 Posted by MICROMAN (10 posts) - - Show Bio

come on Image rely HELL YEAH is just a Ripoff of KICK ASS and GLORY looks like Bad fan art

#11 Posted by BKole (501 posts) - - Show Bio

@MICROMAN: And Kick Ass is a rip off of Bratpack, which is a satire of 90's comics.

We all come full circle!

Glory looks interesting. The Extreme comics were symptomatic of the times, huge swords, tiny waists, big babylons and about as much plot and character development as the square route of FA.

The art looks different to what we're expected to have for a comic focusing on a female character. She is bulky, and it shows. Not all artists are 100% perfect as soon as they begin working for comics professionally, so I can forgive a few anatomical mishaps, after all 90% of what Top Cow did in the 90's was anatomically impossible.

Frankly, I am excited for Image for the Extreme reboot. It looks to give us what Image has always wanted to give us - interesting comics with different creative teams and outlets. Good job.

#12 Posted by dewboy01 (1876 posts) - - Show Bio

What about Supreme?

#13 Posted by ReVamp (22865 posts) - - Show Bio

Interesting. Hell Yeah, I mean.

#14 Posted by Silkcuts (5272 posts) - - Show Bio
@dewboy01 said:

What about Supreme?

Moore is suppose to be behind the helm of that again.
There is a preview you can download on Comixology.
#15 Posted by ReVamp (22865 posts) - - Show Bio

@Silkcuts said:

@dewboy01 said:

What about Supreme?

Moore is suppose to be behind the helm of that again. There is a preview you can download on Comixology.

Y'know, I think you're the best Moore source on the internet. You probably know what he's working on better than the man himself.

#16 Posted by Silkcuts (5272 posts) - - Show Bio
@ReVamp said:

@Silkcuts said:

@dewboy01 said:

What about Supreme?

Moore is suppose to be behind the helm of that again. There is a preview you can download on Comixology.

Y'know, I think you're the best Moore source on the internet. You probably know what he's working on better than the man himself.

Thanks buddy, but no one really knows what Moore is up to not even himself.  I was speaking to Jose Villarrubia at TCAF  and asked about Moore.  We ended on talking for a while from favorite work from him to lease favorite and the two of them are suppose to do a Tarot Deck.  Jose laughed about it since he was not even given a script yet.  Moore is retired, so he works at his own pace and own desire.  I really hope he finishes Supreme, his Glory is better left the way it is since Promethea is better and if him and Jose do a Tarot Deck I am there in a heart beat.
#17 Posted by Eyz (3095 posts) - - Show Bio

Relaunches everywhere! Relaunches for everyone!

#18 Posted by CodeSaint (160 posts) - - Show Bio

As a fan of Wonder Woman and Marvel's Hercules I'm looking forward for this new Glory comic book.The author really seeemed capable of doing a great thing going by the interview.He seens to be having a lot of effort and ideas to last for 100 issues.And about the art,sure it could be better,but you would prefer if Liefeld was still drawing it?I'm judge more manga like art like that new because I'm a manga fan and know it well,she even looks like KOS-MOS from the Xenosaga videogames.The original Glory series doesn't hook me,because of Liefeld's art and plot but with other people working on it they could make a whole new comic book like Alan Moore's Supreme.

#19 Posted by jointron33 (1902 posts) - - Show Bio

she looks fat

#20 Posted by VenomMelendez (407 posts) - - Show Bio

@jointron33:

No, She's muscular. Which is a better look for her than the old Glory.

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