Tom Taylor is the man behind DC's hit alternate universe books, Injustice: Gods Among Us and Earth 2. Check out what Tom has to tell us about the joys of writing outside continuity and where these two books are headed.
How do you think Injustice characters would fare against their Earth 2 counterparts?
Tom Taylor: Earth 2 is a very new world and, for the most part, our heroes are very inexperienced and still learning what it is to be a hero. Generally, the Injustice heroes would kick the ass of their Earth 2 counterparts.
However, for those who don’t know, (SPOILER INCOMING - highlight the text to continue reading) Batman of Earth 2 is actually Bruce Wayne’s father, Thomas Wayne, so it would be very interesting if those two came face-to-face. They’d probably fight a bit. Then try to out-stubborn each other. And then, finally, just go and hunt down the Joker together for some good old-fashioned violent, cathartic, father-son bonding time.
Interestingly, I think Green Lantern of Earth 2 may be the clear winner between the two. Alan Scott is about to demonstrate some absolutely astonishing power. I’m not sure how Hal Jordan would go standing up to that.
When it comes to the Supermen, our new Superman of Earth 2, Val, is a really pure soul and a pacifist, so he wouldn’t fight Injustice Superman. He’d try to talk to him… which probably wouldn’t end well because Injustice Superman is not so great with ‘talking’ anymore. He’s, sadly, more of a “heat-vision and ask questions later”-type of guy.
Val-Zod is taking over the mantle of the Man of Steel, what can readers expect from this new character? What's the main difference you see between him and a young Kal-El?
Tom Taylor: Clark’s powers developed slowly and he had time to learn how to use them. He also had Ma and Pa Kent supporting him his whole life.
Val is a recently arrived refugee. He lost his parents when he was young and he’s spent most of his life in a capsule. He’s been thrust into a world he’s working quickly to understand, and his powers are coming faster than he could possibly deal with by himself. Fortunately he’s had Lois Lane to help him through this.
Val is a very innocent young man and he’s a pacifist. While Superman grew up knowing that sometimes conflict is necessary, Val believes violence is the single most stupid response to anything.
The characters in Earth 2 and Injustice have to be different and distinct, how do you distinguish the characters in these two series?
Tom Taylor: They really are just completely different people, so it’s not too hard to distinguish them. The only hard bit is living inside all of their heads every day while I write them.
You’re working on two titles that give you a lot of free reign; can you talk a little about what that’s like?
Tom Taylor: It’s a different freedom on each book but there’s still a great amount of freedom in both worlds. A lot of writers like notes and structure and always knowing where a story is going. I am most definitely not one of these writers.
For me, there’s nothing worse than a great idea coming from nowhere but being stuck in an unbreakable mould. I revel in being able to change a story when a character comes along and changes it.
You can’t write Harley Quinn and know what she’s going to say or do ahead of time.
Earth 2 is building toward the upcoming weekly comic Earth 2: World’s End, are you laying the groundwork for that now?
Tom Taylor: Some of the groundwork is being laid, definitely, but we really want to finish the story we’ve been telling for the last year first. Our heroes have been fighting without joy for too long. It’s time to give them some hope.
Tom Taylor can be followed on twitter @TomTaylorMade
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