Readers of Grant Morrison's run of Batman have been shown glimpses of adult Damian Wayne as a bald, dark, and gritty Batman. That possibility of the future was shattered when that charactered died earlier this year. Fortunately, as is possible with comics, superstar artist, Andy Kubert brings us "Damian: Son of Batman," a what-if book about the road that will carry Damian to that dark destiny.
Andy Kubert: I knew that
Damian was pretty much cannon fodder from the get go. When Grant and I first started working on
him, myself in particular, Ididn`t think the character was going to be around
that long since I had heard rumblings that he might get killed off early
on. As it turned out, he was a character
people loved to hate and I think the characterization that Grant had given him
a good balance with the rest of the Batman cast. So he has stuck around. When I saw the page that he had died on, it
didn`t bother me at all. He`s not real!
Is that the way you imagined him going
couldn't second guess what Grant had in mind for Damian`s exit. I don`t think
This is your second tour of writing duty
for DC Comics, following up the Villains Month Joker issue you wrote. You’ve
been a superstar artist for decades now. What made you want to try your hand at
have been drawing comics for a while now and it seems like a natural
progression and something that I wanted to try.
I had mentioned to Mike Marts that I would like to write something when
he first became the Batman editor at DC, and he suggested that I come up with
something and pitch it to him. That was
the start of the Damian series which was back in 2008. I was well into it when the Batman project
"Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader" with Neil Gaiman started
up. "Damian" was shelved at
that time. I hadn`t had a chance to pick
it up until this past spring when DC had put it on their publishing schedule.
What’s the biggest challenge and/or
advantage of both writing and drawing a monthly book?
drawing is much easier for me since I've been doing it for a while now. Since I'm new at it, writing is a bit tougher
but it is a lot of fun. The good part
about writing and drawing the same book is that I can do what I want pacing
wise and also make changes along the way.
There's a lot more freedom in telling the story.
What drew you back to the Damian Wayne
liked this version of Damian, the adult version of when he's Batman. I also like the fact that he`s different than
the other "Batmen". Damian
Batman has a different code of ethics.
The preview for issue one reads “a
possible future that may never be”. Can you shine a little more light on what
that may mean for the character? Or is it better if we’re in the dark about it?
think its better to be in the dark about that.
What was it like working with these
characters again without Grant Morrison?
is such a great writer with a huge presence that it was challenging to say the
least. Intimidating is more like it.
Now that you’ve begun your writing
career, are there any other character you’d like to write for?
are a few that I would like to tackle someday and even some characters of my
own. Right now, I can just concentrate
on what I have currently on my plate.
But I will say that while I had a huge respect for writers before, now
it’s even bigger. Especially to the ones
that can handle multiple projects month in and month out and keep up the
quality. I don`t know how they do it!
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