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#1 Posted by eric_trautmann (16 posts) - - Show Bio

I've had the privilege of working with Chris Samnee (on Checkmate, roughly eleventy-hojillion years ago), and he's a top-notch talent. Terrific character "acting," a lovely sense of light and shadow, and first-rate storytelling. Waid's a great choice for this kind of swashbuckling derring-do; Now I'm forced to be torn between my seething jealousy and my fanboy desire.

Can't wait.


#2 Posted by eric_trautmann (16 posts) - - Show Bio

@Judge_Dredd To be fair, there are several periods in the character's history that play precisely to those stereotypes, so it's a legitimate concern -- mostly, I just wanted to steer us away from the snark and talk about the actual book. ;)

#3 Posted by eric_trautmann (16 posts) - - Show Bio

To answer your original question, and I admit I'm biased, but yeah, I think there is something worthwhile here. Sonja is a tough, resourceful and intelligent heroine, with enough outlaw in her to keep her interesting. The Hyborian kingdoms are a compelling setting, and I've been lucky in that the artists on the series for my run have been excellent storytellers. Walter in particular has brought a lot of nuance to his version of Sonja.

As for the "bikini," it's only appeared sporadically in my run. She's changed armor and clothing to suit the situation she finds herself in. For much of the first arc, "War Season" (issues #51 to 55), she wears chainmail and leather armor, for example.

If you like sword and sorcery in the style of Robert E. Howard's CONAN, you might find rather a lot to enjoy here.

If you DON'T, then, no, a Howardian sword and sorcery book probably isn't for you.

In either case, however, I don't think I've written "medieval Barbie" at any point in my extended run on the title.

#4 Posted by eric_trautmann (16 posts) - - Show Bio

Thanks for the kind words, y'all. I think this particular storyline is (in my admittedly biased view) the strongest one yet. Hope you enjoy it.


#5 Posted by eric_trautmann (16 posts) - - Show Bio

@TheWitchingHour: The original description of Flash in his debut was the Yale grad/"world renowned polo player" stuff. The football player motif was a conceit of the 1980 film with Sam Jones, presumably to modernize the character for that time. But, since we set the story in the same month and year of the character's original appearance, it felt right to use the original origin. That caption is exactly as the character's creator, Alex Raymond, wrote it.


#6 Posted by eric_trautmann (16 posts) - - Show Bio

Glad you guys enjoyed it. :)

I had actually found some old records of military service in Germany in that rough locale/time period, which is where I pulled Johann's name from, actually—he's an amalgam of a few names of actual soldiers. And I ADORE writing Willi and Johann. They were just too much fun.


#7 Posted by eric_trautmann (16 posts) - - Show Bio

Thanks for the plug.

It's a deeply personal work for me -- and very different than my existing body of work -- so the mention is very much appreciated.


#8 Posted by eric_trautmann (16 posts) - - Show Bio

I hope you do; I'm obviously biased, but I think it's a fun book. :)


#9 Posted by eric_trautmann (16 posts) - - Show Bio

(Apologies if this is a duplicate; browser crash.)

@The Impersonator

In issue #55? She's HAMMERED for days.

Reminded me of my college days.



#10 Posted by eric_trautmann (16 posts) - - Show Bio

Something not covered by the article: possibly the most fun I've ever had writing a script.  
Something else: the first issue is only a dollar (for a full-length, 22-page issue).  
Mr. Deneen is quite correct; Flash Gordon isn't really "returning" to comics. Certainly Dark Horse, Titan, Checker and his own Ardden Entertainment have kept Flash Gordon "alive" for quite a while.  
That said, I (immodestly) think our version will knock your socks off.