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Phil’s Paradise: Phil Jimenez on Wonder Woman

Phil’s ParadisePhil Jimenez on Wonder Woman 
by Tracy Paddock – 2001- courtesy of

There’s no arguing, after all, that Phil Jimenez has done great things. A devotee of Perez, Jimenez seems able to integrate the best qualities of his favourite artists into his own distinctive style. The Tempest mini, for instance, distinguished itself not only by the script Jimenez wrote, but also by artist’s devotion to a beautiful, meticulously detailed, and unique depiction of the undersea kingdom: one of the finest artistic representations that Atlantis has ever seen. In fact, his authenticity when it came to drawing the title character’s attributes became almost infamous.

With his disdain of artistic exaggeration – such as is typified by the spine-bending, thimble-waisted, Image Grrl Pose – there is, perhaps, none better to portray DC’s inestimable Amazonian Princess and draw us deeper into the mythos and mystique that makes Wonder Woman command attention.

Sequential Tart: Which of the current versions of Wonder Woman and – since I know you have strong opinions about her – Donna Troy, do you most admire and why?

Phil Jimenez: Obviously, the George Perez inspired versions are the ones that move me the most. I think the version of Wonder Woman I admire the most is anyone that stays true to her core — the version that believes to the pit of her soul that human beings can live in peaceful coexistence with each other, and believes its her mission in life to give people the proper tools to do just that. I think that’s a lovely, incredible admirable goal and sentiment; I appreciate any version of Diana where that’s an overt aspect of her character. As to Donna — well, her Wonder Girl persona back in the 90’s — the smart, gorgeous, super-powered epitome of perfection is the one that I admire.

ST: Referring to the question above, do you have a least favorite depiction of either character (for instance, something either character did that struck you as discordant)?

PJ: Any version of Diana working in a fast food restaurant; Donna’s time as a Darkstar and girlfriend to Green Lantern, particularly in his book, where she came off as a complete bitch.

ST: If you had the option of doing an animated cartoon for Wonder Woman (such as the cartoons that Superman and Batman have) who would be your top three choices, for super-powered/godly-empowered Wonder Woman supporting cast?

PJ: Fascinating question actually: my list would probably include Hippolyta, Steve Trevor, and maybe Athena or Circe.

ST: You’ve told interviewers in the past that part of what you appreciate about the comic genre is that the stories are serial. Do you foresee the new run of Wonder Woman as a set of stories with definitive beginnings and endings, an ongoing storyline featuring story threads have no specific boundary, or something completely different? What style do you think is most suitable to an iconic character like Wonder Woman?

PJ: I know that my 12 issues are built be a set of stories with a beginning, middle, and end. Although they could continue on for another 12 if the situation and DC allowed. I myself think that while comics are amazing because they’re serialized the notion of stand alone graphic novels, regular print novels, and even Internet stories are not unwise ideas to showcase Wonder Woman stories and get them out to a larger public.

ST: Since you’re an artist, you have first hand experience with the power drawn images can have. There have been contentions all over the Internet and newsgroups about artists’ renderings of super heroines. What sort of feedback are you getting with regards to your interpretation of Wonder Woman?

PJ: Mostly positive. Some people think I draw her too muscular. Other think I draw her too busty. It’s a little difficult, actually, to find that right balance. I have to say that I love Adam Hughes drawing of her on the cover of WW #159, I believe — it’s just a beauty shot of her, but what a beauty shot. WOW! In my head, THAT is Wonder Woman — she’s strong, powerfully built, sexy…and I hope one day I can muster that sort of response from my own drawings of the character.

ST: Do you feel you’ll be subject to any extra criticism or scrutiny because you’re a man working on a title with a female lead? Are you aware of any unique pressures?

PJ: The pressures I feel are monumental, actually. The book has been floundering for so long with no direction; the character has been pulled in various directions, her continuity has suffered, fans have suffered. And fans have very different ideas of what the character should do, look like, and what the emphasis should be on: more action? More character? Her mission? More of her mother in action as Wonder Woman? More gods? Less mythology? It’s outrageous. There’s no one answer and I find that frustrating. I can only hope to tell stories that I think I’d like to read, incorporate the best suggestions of the people around me, and pray.

ST: An artist myself, I have noticed that I have a bias toward drawing certain characters; this is usually due to something interesting in the character’s design, such as the character’s hair, or the effect of shadows on the costume (or something fun like that). I’m curious, is there something in particular you really like about drawing Wonder Woman?

PJ: I love drawing women, and I LOVE her costume. It sounds crazy, but I just think she looks great in it…or, rather, I love drawing a Wonder Woman that looks great in that costume. Plus, I love the character so much, I enjoy giving away character bits, just by her body language and posture.

ST: What do you envision as Artemis’s role in Wonder Woman’s story? Is she simply a foil for Diana?

PJ: Oh, Artemis is so much more than that. Stay tuned for further developments.

ST: In your opinion, does Wonder Woman have any female peers – women of her stature – in the DCU? If so, whom do you consider to be a peer, and for what reason? If not, can you give an opinion of why this is the case?

PJ: In my head, her one peer would be Black Canary. They’re both incredibly respected, both their parents were in the JSA, and, I think, they’d happen to like each other very much.

ST: We’ve seen Wonder Woman flirting with Rama in the past, but, while Superman went and got hitched, Wonder Woman is still alone! Are there any plans for something of permanence in Diana’s life? Why do you think our Amazonian princess is so unlucky in love?

PJ: I do have plans for romance in Diana’s life; we’ll see if it becomes permanent. I think she’s been unlucky for any number of reasons; people can’t get over the fact that her romance with Steve Trevor, gone for 15 years, is actually over. I think people imagine the only man she could be with is Superman, an idea buttressed by Kingdom Come; I think that now that it’s gone on so long, there’s an incredible pressure to provide Diana with just the right boyfriend. I think I’ve found someone that might fit that bill…but we’ll see.

ST: Of the Wonder Woman villains, which is your favourite, and which your least favorite? Which, artistically, do you think the best, and least well designed?

PJ: My favorite villain remains Circe, although I have a soft spot for Ares’ children — Deimos, Phobos, and Eris. I think my least favorite among her living foes would probably have to be the current Giganta. I think Adam Hughes’ design for Devastation is actually kind of lovely, and I do think the designs for Ares’ children are amazing.

ST: I think it’s very safe to assume you’ve got a fresh take on Diana’s personality and her purpose in so-called Man’s World. With that considered, entice the readers with some hints: What new challenges, or villains will Diana soon be facing?

PJ: God…um, I don’t even know how to answer this properly. Diana will be facing traditional villains from her Rogue’s gallery, as well as two new ones. I can’t wait to introduce the new ones — I think readers are going to flip out. As to her challenges — I can’t say too much without giving a lot away, but suffice is to say, I’m interested in putting her in situations where her convictions about promoting peace are constantly challenged. I want to test her mission with every issue.

ST: Of unconventional guests that might surprise readers by appearing, whom would you like to see in the pages of Wonder Woman?

PJ: I’m rather fond of her own supporting cast, so I don’t really think there is anyone. I’m looking forward to Lex Luthor and Lois Lane guest starring, though.

ST: You once stated, “I’m not a great drawer” (a position many would debate)! At this time, can you point to any weaknesses in your artistic style? If so, what do you consider them to be?

PJ: I’m simply not a great anatomist. I get lazy and make stuff up. Unfortunately, the nature of the medium is that we have to produce constantly. That includes cutting corners I wouldn’t like to cut a lot of the time.

ST: Do you find your style has changed and grown in certain aspects? If so, what has changed the most? If not, why do you suppose that is the case?

PJ: My style grows and changes constantly, as I’m exposed to different artists, movies, art styles, comic artists, etc. I think the thing that’s changed the most is the way I draw people. With each drawing, I come closer to an understanding of the way human bodies actually work, and that’s really exciting to me. I can also design the hell out of a page — sometimes, too much so.

ST: Do you consistently use the same style for each book you draw or do you make any specific changes in your drawing style for different books. If you feel you do, what stylistic tricks do you find you use when drawing Wonder Woman versus drawing other books?

PJ: The only thing I’ve been doing with Wonder Woman is pouring everything and the kitchen sink onto each page. I’m doing my best to keep the book rich with background information and imagery. I wanted Wonder Woman to be a luscious read, actually.

ST: What, in your opinion, or according to what others have told you, is the greatest strength you will bring to the depiction of Wonder Woman?

PJ: My passion for the character and an understanding of her purpose, her reason for existing, that’s different from other creators.

ST: I fondly remember – and venture to guess others fondly remember – the beautiful detail of the undersea cities in the Tempest books. You’ll soon be dealing with Paradise Island, which, it seems, requires a certain understanding of ancient Greek/period armor and technology. How are you grappling with this facet of the Wonder Woman books?

PJ: By scouring museums and artbooks for pieces of architecture and costume and art and weaponry, and anything else I can use, to make a more enriching environment for the character to act in!

ST: Without the artwork, we would have only words on the page. How much do you think an artist adds to the life of the characters in a book? How do you envision the relationship of the written word to the graphic image?

PJ: I think one of DC’s biggest problems and strengths is the editorial lean towards writing over art. I understand that writers are need to craft good stories, but good artists are needed to tell great stories. You can’t get sub par artists or artists who don’t understand things like body language or dynamic composition and expect them to imbue life into the works of amazing writers. It’s a huge detriment to comics to not understand how important strong art is to telling the story.

ST: What is your opinion of the statement: As an iconic character, Wonder Woman’s costume, not to mention her personality, is more-or-less established and set in stone?

PJ: I sort of believe it, actually. I think her costume can be altered to some degree, but I do believe that certain elements of characters are, indeed, their costumes. They make them recognizable, marketable, and are often as iconic as the characters themselves. And as I noted above, I love Wonder Woman’s costume. Impractical? Absolutely. But I think it’s sort of amazing, and so much fun to draw.

ST: As a result, in terms of drawing Wonder Woman, how much latitude do you feel you have? Are you aware of any Editorial restrictions or limitations that you can mention?

PJ: More than ever before, I’m aware of editorial restrictions, confines, limitations. Working on a major character, you feel those limits like never before. I can’t tell you how many compromises I’ve had to make to accommodate those restrictions.

ST: You’ve expressed an interest in and willingness to use Greek Myth as a source of ideas. On a scale of 1 to 10, where would you place your current knowledge of Greek myth, and do you feel it is adequate to the job, or do you believe you still have to work on it?

PJ: Oh, god, I always have to work on it. I’m probably at a 4 or 5, maybe. I have so much to learn. But, there’s also a difference between Greek myth in Bullfinch and Greek myth in the DCU – the legends and histories are different, and I always reflect that in the book. The Amazons of the DCU are different in significant ways from the Amazons in ancient mythology…a lot of people seem to forget that.

ST: Where do you do your research on Greek Myth?

PJ: I have volumes on the topic in my book shelves, and there are some great websites out there.

ST: Where do you do your research on Greek Myth?

PJ: I do my research at home. I tend to collect books on mythology and folklore, so I have any number of encyclopedias and dictionaries on myth and actual tellings of myth available here. I have dozens of books on different areas of mythology.

ST: In your opinion, why (or why aren’t) Greek Myths and their motivations accessible to modern Wonder Woman readers?

PJ: I do think Greek Myths are very accessible to the modern readers. The reason they remain so is that their structure and archetype are very approachable to a large number of people. I don’t think accessibility is a problem at all. The problem remains in the depiction of the myths. I think the popular shows like Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys suggest that mythology is still valid as a form of entertainment. Plus movies like Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon which have a myth element to them have resonance. I think some people get upset because Wonder Woman, sometimes, is all about her mythology. Yet, she is mythology and is still accessible to all readers. In fact, I know many people that read the book because of the mythology.

ST: As a rhetorical argument: Are the women of Paradise Island perfect? Why, or why not?

PJ: No, they are not perfect. Partly because (and this is just my philosophy) they live in a culture that is stagnate and is also a gender biased culture. The women of Paradise Island are isolated from new ideas. Also the fact that they are immortal prevents them from being perfect. Luckily Diana is mortal and she is aging. That aspect adds to her life experience. She lives differently because she could lose her life. The woman of Paradise Island don’t have to worry about losing their lives of old age. Not having that worry would make you live your life differently.

ST: I know the old rule was if men stepped foot on Paradise Island the Amazons would lose their immortality. I seem to remember a division of male and female members of the United Nations going to Paradise Island, so are the amazons still immortal?

PJ: The Amazons are definitely immortal. They were given immortality by their Gods and even though that did occur, they still have their gift of immortality.

ST: How will this run delve into the discrepancy between Amazonian societies of the Island versus the Mainland, particularly with regards to the value of each society?

PJ: The effect of the mainland societies will be explored soon. Paradise Island is going under quite a bit of change with my run. By the end it, Paradise Island will be a different place and part of the change will reflect the influence of outside society on the island and its people.

Some amazons like the modern world and some don’t, while some want to be close to it some don’t. There are legitimate reasons on both sides and good and evil on both worlds. It’s very hard to find the balance. The amazons who like the good want to see the outside world more and the amazons who are afraid of the bad don’t want to risk it.

The next story arc is all about a civil war between the amazons and it talks a lot about dealing with the differences between the two types of amazons and how their world views affect the shape of the island, which is a major crux point.

ST: I’ve read that you have strong positive feelings about Donna, as I’ve mentioned. In light of the enmeshment of both women, what is the difference between Donna and Diana? To your mind, who is the better woman? For instance: Whom would you rather sit in a coffee shop with?

PJ: I guess it depends on the day. In my head they are different women, though. Diana is the more archetypal in that she is bigger than life. She is an icon. She is a goddess, and probably less accessible because of it. But I would love to talk to her about how to change the shape of the world. Donna is like a far more human character. She’s far more accessible and she’s such a different person than Diana. Donna is like the sort of everywoman type. Her character is far closer to us and easier to relate to simply because Diana is so archetype and iconic. Donna you could joke with, sit with, whatever.

In fact, I just wrote a scene (that was heavily edited) where the two sisters were talking about dating lives, sex, and Donna’s having a baby, being married, divorced, etc. Diana is the eternal virgin as part of her archetype and also (in my opinion) because of just bad writing. But it almost makes sense in some strange way that Donna is more human and has more human experiences than Diana. Yet Diana’s experiences are bigger, broader and more enormous in terms of scope and whom the experiences affected.

So when it comes to hanging out it would depend on the day and what we were talking about.

ST: What role will Wonder Girl play in the book?

PJ: Actually, I’m just starting to plot her story coming up which unfortunately gets interrupted by a huge crossover. She’s busy in Young Justice and I like what Peter David does with her. We’re going to be revisiting Vanessa and finding out what she really thinks of Cassie becoming Wonder Girl and of Diana leaving them behind to go live with a new girl and train her.

Vanessa’s characterized as being fine with the whole situation, but as most child psychologists would tell you, kids often say “fine” and “great” and stay in happiness then at early adulthood manifest anger. So, technically, history leads me to believe that her saying “Fine” is just hiding anger.

It will be fun to explore the effect that Wonder Woman has had on those girls and other women she comes in contact with. I’m actually using Wonder Girl’s role in Wonder Woman to see how Wonder Woman affects other women young girls etc.,

ST: What is Cassie’s relationship with Diana versus Artemis?

PJ: Cassie sees Artemis as her teacher and learned from her and trained with her for a long time. I tend to think that it’s like a teacher/sister role, Artemis is the teacher while Diana is the sister. So she can hang with Diana, but when she’s with Artemis, it’s more about: ”look what I learned” or “look what I did.” She seeks approval and praise from Artemis.

ST: Wasn’t Diana was charged with training Wonder Girl? Why has Artemis done the lion’s share of the work?

PJ: [laughs] Yes, Diana was supposed to be training Wonder Girl…but Artemis didn’t seem to mind taking on that task. What I like about this situation is it gives Artemis an extra layer that I use a lot. I’m sort of changing Artemis some. It gives her an extra layer as a teacher and makes her more than just an “angry amazon”’ She has to have the patience to train a younger person. Artemis originally was created as her tribe’s greatest warrior and young women would go to her and look for her approval. I always thought that aspect and element of Artemis was never followed through. Then Artemis became this hard-bitten warrior and all of her teacher/trainer elements were never explored. I liked having her train Wonder Girl because it gives Artemis a different dimension and extends her as a character.

ST: So we’ll see a different side of Artemis in your run?

PJ: Artemis is going to change during my run and I’m curious to see what fans of that archetype think. You’ll see the changes in her early in the Civil War story. She’s going back to Paradise Island and working with her tribe to make it stronger and better by using the tools and information she learned in the outside world. She’s taking the teacher role and helping them plan their new city. She’s telling them to do this or do that and showing them HOW to improve. She’s become the society leader. Artemis doesn’t even think about it, she just acts and tells them this is the way to do it. The role comes so easy to her.

ST: What aspect of Diana’s character are you most eager to expand upon?

PJ: I’m actually working on the issue as we speak to expand her. I want to explore who Diana is in her off hours, what she does for fun, what she likes, what’s her favorite food; that sort of thing. When I took over the writing on Wonder Woman, I had many goals. My first goal was to raise the sales and do a commercial story. My second goal was to clear out her past and revisit some relationships, so we’re doing that. We’ll see Steve, Etta, Donna, the Queen, Vanessa, Julia, and some others. We get to see Steve and Etta’s wedding album and learn about what they’ve been up to since we last saw them in the cornfield. I’m thrilled to do work on this stuff that people love and want to know about. On the DC message boards, most of the fans want to see what happened to these characters and what is going on in their lives now. This really gives me a chance to expand on some of the things other creators have done. I’ve spoken with some past creators who worked on this title and what we talked about was Wonder Woman’s private life and what she does for her down time.

There is some confusion about her mission in the world. I think that mission is originally what set her apart from the average comic book character and I wanted to define it more clearly. Some believe that she’s here to spread peace and stop war but my argument is she is not here to stop war, but promote the idea of peace and give people the proper tools to live peacefully. That’s different than just taking guns away and telling people other ways to live.

That’s why I like the next storyline involving the Civil War, because how can Wonder Woman preach of peace and living in harmony when her own homeland is at war? It’s kind of hypocritical for her to tell the rest of the world to live one way when her people aren’t.

The stuff I talk about is not a revelation. It’s things that a lot of fans want. Exactly the same stuff that most are talking about. It’s just been a series of bad editing and writers not interested or vested in those areas of the storyline. And, I really think that Kingdom Come did a huge (bad) number on Diana.

ST: I agree about some writers not being vested in the character of Wonder Woman and just furthering their own wants instead of what’s best for the series…like perhaps having a whole slew of issues where the title character is only seen in twelve or fewer panels.

PJ: I’m a little worried about the way fans react when the main character doesn’t have the spotlight because I showcase some of the other characters in the Civil War storyline. I don’t ignore Diana though, she has a very active role, too. In the Civil War story, Diana might not have center stage all the time because a lot of other characters will be getting the spotlight – she gets plenty though, don’t worry. She’s also fairly decisive. But it’s always tricky with so many rich characters with so much baggage and aspects of their own.

With an iconic character, its interesting to see how he/she relates to other people. I want to know what do people really think of Diana? How does she behave around others-both heroes and civilians? What is she doing when she’s not saving the world? How is she with Lois Lane, for instance, what does Lois truly think of her? So I‘m hoping that people won’t be frustrated by all the screen time that other characters get, because it doesn’t take a way from Diana but there will be some others involved. They’re not Kirby characters, though, so I guess that’s good [laughs].

ST: What aspect of Diana’s physical appearance would you like most to change, and why?

PJ: Honestly, I love her physical appearance. I’m looking forward to putting her in other clothes. I’m putting her in a wide variety of street clothes, royal clothes, and a costume like the Kingdom Come armor. So I wouldn’t change her much. I like her the way she is. I like drawing her tall and regally with perfect posture.

ST: What archetype do you believe Wonder Woman embodies?

PJ: I think she probably embodies several ones. Sort of the joy of Wonder Woman is that she slips in and out of roles and her type changes. She’s definitely a warrior, and definitely has an element of innocence to her. The thing about her innocence is that it’s like less naiveté then just simpleness. She just has strong genuine beliefs in the possibility and potential of people. She’s not cynical. I think she embodies the mother archetype in some respects, too. What I do like is the old Superman expression “Truth, justice, and the American way.” I like to apply those labels to Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman. Superman embodies the American Way. Batman is justice. Wonder Woman is all about the truth.

Joe Kelly had an interesting take of her which I liked. Joe thought Wonder Woman as the embodiment of truth is literally pulsing with power. She can see truth in everything. Her worldview has to be different because she can SEE the truth in plain population. She can see in any situation what needs to be done. Who’s honest and how best to negotiate. She sees the straight line from “a” to “b” and in doing this, she can see and understand the truth in any situation. It’s an interesting take on such an iconic character.

Wonder Woman definitely embodies many types. What I like best about her are the warrior and pacifist aspects of her. She’s so fluid and complex. She can’t just be written as any one type and that is why so many writers have failed in the worst way when trying to write this character.

ST: Readers sometimes brand characters that walk the straight-and-narrow as being too good. Do you believe that Wonder Woman, as an icon, has suffered from this phenomenon?

PJ: Probably, although I think fans are often males and Kingdom Come changed this view of her some. The battle-axe wielding Wonder Woman definitely could not be considered a “goody-goody” character. I want, in a way, to get away from this image.

Other fans are like Wonder Woman shouldn’t be good. She should be sassy. She should be darker blah, blah, blah….

ST: To those fans I say, let them read Huntress!

PJ: [laughs] Exactly! Wonder Woman means so many things to many different people and all those things are valid in some way. I do think that many comments are reactions to how “goody-goody” she’s gotten. I was talking to George Perez about that aspect. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a good, nice, moral character. Not only is there nothing wrong with that it’s also a lovely sentiment. There are so many characters that are dark, edgy, and just not nice.

Why can’t she just be good? Part of the problem is because of this idea that she embodies the perfect woman. Some people believe her being nice is her being complacent and giving up power. Some people think she is weak because of that and she should have an edge. Some believe that women should be allowed to have an edge. I understand that point, but the Wonder Woman I want to know is nice and does care about people and would not have a mean sense of humor.

ST: What did you think of the Wonder WomanTV show with Lynda Carter?

PJ: That was great, wasn’t it? I particularly liked the World War II episodes and portrayal of the characters. Wonder Woman was so sweet and nice. She got edgier in the 70s version, but even still, she was definitely different from the comic book. I think it will be eternal struggle for Wonder Woman writers to do edgy or not edgy. I’m hoping to play her with an edge, but also as just a nice girl. I don’t think the world needs more dark heroes.

ST: Me neither! I like Wonder Woman as a symbol for hope. Someone who believes what she’s told, because there’s no reason for her to doubt what people tell her.

PJ: Symbol for hope? Interesting, because I tend to be not overly cynical and her life is like reflecting that because things happened to her, but she still believes in good. I believe that the energy you give out is what you give back and if you give out positive energy, you’ll get back good stuff. Wonder Woman gives out good, hopeful, positive energy and you can’t help but be impressed with that.

ST: Loving the character of Donna Troy as you do, I have to ask, what did you think of the whole Avatar thing?

PJ: It’s very frustrating. Another frustrating concept is having to fight all those years of story and continuity. Many fans come in and say Diana is like this and have years of stories that prove she did this or that. But I’m concerned with her now, you know?

ST: Speaking of continuity, what stories in this recent incarnation of Wonder Woman do you remember or like best? I’ll never forget the look on Diana’s face when she learned about Myndi Mayer killing herself.

PJ: Yah, that was something, but still the most powerful Perez story was the Wake of Myndi Mayer where she was giving away all her assets and the one thing she asked for was that her ashes be spread over Paradise Island. She chose there because the women believed in love and kindness and that was so great, touching, and powerful.

Another powerful story was the Suicide story with Vanessa’s friend. That story had drama and it’s really hard to convey a message like that. I thought it was so strong of a story. It was really good and it’s not easy to do impressive writing with a message book and not be too preachy or over the top. This is why Wonder Woman is so impressive. In her day-to-day life she tackles all these very real issues and more.

ST: Speaking of day-to-day life, what other projects are you working on?

PJ: Wonder Woman is going to be taking up my time for the immediate future. I don’t have time for many other projects.

ST: Really? I heard you did some work on the Spider-Man movie…

PJ: Oh yeah! On the Spider-Man movie, I was a hand double. What I did was sketch the pictures of the Spider-Man costume and symbol. So you’ll see the actor about to draw and then my hand doing the sketch of the actual pictures.

That’s one of the nicest things about working on Wonder Woman, it’s gotten me more exposure and extra gigs.

ST: I know you just pitched 12 issues of Wonder Woman, but would you like to do more?

PJ: Yes! After the 12 issues we’re looking at different possibilities to see what is going on and what is the best way to handle things. When I was hired I had pitched 12 issues with a beginning, middle, and an end. I never really thought about writing more of that and Greg Rucka is supposed to get the title after me. Now, though, after I’m like…seven or eight issues into drawing and writing, I’m really getting into the story and characters and I’d like to keep doing it. But I don’t want DC to have to break promise to Greg, so we’ll see what happens.


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