What has been the best
part of writing the Injustice: Gods Among Us universe that lives outside of
what’s going on in the rest of the DCU?
Well, you just hit it right there, it’s outside of DC
continuity. Essentially, I’ve had the most creative freedom I’ve ever had on
any licensed book ever and because it’s weekly, I get to tell any story I can
think of. Yes, we’ve told a huge arcing story about Superman getting more and
more controlling and Batman and Superman splitting up as friends. But we’ve
also told these one shots out of the middle of nowhere, like Superman and Flash
playing super speed chess and Green Arrow and Harley Quinn just having a little
adventure in a very funny, poignant, and sad story. The Flash also goes running
across the Nullarbor in Australia. People have loved these stories and it’s
kept things very fresh. Even though some of them haven’t appealed to everybody,
the fact that it’s a weekly comic is exhausting and I don’t get a lot of sleep,
but I still want to put absolutely everything into every issue. I agonize over
It’s very apparent
that you’re having fun with it and I think that’s why everybody loves reading
it. Do you have a favorite issue or an issue that you think people should go
back to if they’ve only read Issue #1 or only played the video game?
For people who are worried about the violence and darkness
of it, they should definitely check out Chapter 5. It’s that Green Arrow and
Harley Quinn issue which is probably still my favorite issue, it’s not very
Injustice but it’s just great. Its throwing together two wonderful characters
that have never really mixed before. There’s also a Flash story in Chapter 13
where Superman, Wonder Woman, and Flash come to Australia to break up a protest
and that’s a story that everyone seems to love, a lot of people have told me
that’s their favorite. The whole run has been fun and I know a lot of people
have been hesitant at the start because some truly horrible things happen. Some
nasty things happen that I didn’t even want to write or read but if they can
get past that there are some stories that aren’t so dark and some stories that
have a lot of humor. If I’m going to recommend one? I’d recommend all of them,
read everything so far, that’s a good place to start.
You bring up a funny
point because even though the world is so dark in this alternate universe, so
many of these characters would handle it with humor. Even with everything
happening some of them have to laugh to survive.
That’s exactly it. I hate writing without humor, I can’t
stand anything humorless. You know, I have a sense of humor and I believe other
people do too and telling superhero stories without any lightness and levity is
just not the way to go. Batman can do that but no one else can. Even a world
turning to dark needs laughter.
What else are you
working on? Do you have time for anything else?
Well, I’ve got a book called The Deep that’s about a
multiethnic family of underwater explorers who live in a submarine, their
adventures, and it’s the most joyous thing I write in the world. An all-ages
book that’s actually all-ages and it’s being turned into a CG animated series
as well which I will also be writing so check that out. I’m also taking over
Earth 2 for DC so that’s huge and then
Who is your favorite
character that James and Nicola have introduced in Earth 2?
My favorite without a doubt is Alan Scott. I think what they’ve
done with him and having such a prominently open and gay character I think is
incredibly important. I think everybody needs to be able to recognize
themselves in their heroes and I think having that representation across the
board is very important.
What can you tell us
about where you’re taking Earth 2?
There’s not a lot I can say because I don’t want to spoil
what James has got going cause James is leading up to something huge and leaves
with an absolute bang so there’s not a lot I can say about our run without
spoiling his. I can tell you we have some new characters coming up, as well as
the one’s everyone already loves on that planet.