Interview with Mark Powers
We interviewed the editor of Devil's Due Mark Powers about the upcoming Snake Eyes mini-series
this summer. Here is what he had to say about it.
Q: What exactly is your position at devil's due and what do you do for the G.I.Joe series? How
did you get involved with Devil's Due?
A: I'd had some brief interaction with Josh (Blaylock, DD's Big
a few years back when Devil's Due first started expanding. Nothing
really became of it, but about a year ago, Josh decided that DD had
enough going on that they needed to bring in an editor. So, one thing
led to another, and...
Q: How was it decided to explore this character?
A: About six months ago, we decided to re-launch G.I. Joe. Creatively,
thrust would be (and is) getting back to basics. A streamlined cast,
small enough to explore all the interpersonal issues and conflicts
have traditionally made the book compelling. At the time, we were
publishing two monthly G.I. Joe books, one of which was "Reloaded,"
which we decided to end as part of the overall re-launch. Having
on the X-Men books, and knowing we wanted to publish a second G.I.
Joe-related title if we could come up with the right idea, it occurred
to me that we could be missing an opportunity if we didn't at least
explore the idea of doing a title focused on a solo Joe character.
Snake Eyes is the most obvious choice for such a project, as he's the
most popular cast member.
Of course, once you really sit down and think about it, producing even
a limited series based around a guy who can't speak and express
easily would be very, very difficult. There have been some classic
single stories that focused on Snake Eyes -- but repeating the
techniques used to tell those stories over the course of a mini - or
ongoing series might not work nearly as well. That led to the thought,
"why not set it in the past?" And further, why don't we go all out,
"Origin" style, and really flesh out the character's origin?
Q: So this Snake-Eyes series, what is the time period that this takes
A: The series is set in the past, for the most part prior to his
involvement with G.I. Joe. The last issue actually deals with his
mission with the team.
Q: Who are the major players in this series?
A: Aside from Snake Eyes himself, the biggest player is Tommy Arashikage,
aka Storm Shadow. The friendship between these two -- and the tragic
'break' that occurs -- is really the backbone of the entire story.
We'll also see Lonzo "Stalker" Wilkinson, Sean Collins, and the men
G.I. Joe team will eventually know as Zartan and Firefly.
Q: Any revelations that you can share with us that will come out in the
A: Well, if I reveal them here, they won't be revelations in the story
anymore! So I'll just say you will see and learn some things about
Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow that you've never seen before. Even if
you're not a big Snake Eyes fan, after reading this series you'll love
him -- and Tommy, too. If you're already a big fan of the character,
you'll feel closer to him than ever before.
Q: Since in the original Marvel series it was showed that Cobra
Commander had a hand in the death of Snake-Eyes family, Will the
relationship between Cobra Commander and Snake-Eyes be explore at
A: Well, that's not entirely accurate. The accident that took the lives
Snake Eyes' family was caused by Cobra Commander's brother, who was
also a war vet. That will be referenced, but hopefully in a way that
plays up the tragedy of it, rather than it being an incredibly big
coincidence. The way Cobra Commander and Snake Eyes react to this
tragic event has enormous consequences -- not just for themselves, but
for the world at large.
Q: If this series goes well, will you be leaving room for a possible
A: As I mentioned earlier, the series ends with Snake Eyes first mission
with the Joes. So although we've discussed similar projects that would
focus more on the Joes as a team, it wouldn't necessarily be
Q: Any additional things you can tell us about the upcoming Snake-Eyes
A: It's going to be beautiful - the work Emiliano Santalucia and Jeremy
Roberts are producing is going to blow people away. And there are
to be plenty of "lump in your throat" moments, so bring your hankies.
Thanks for your time and Yo Joe!
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