Monday, September 24, 2007

Milligan, Inc: the INFINITY Inc Interview

This week I'm celebrating the 100th LYSAD column over at the Nexus (it certainly took me long enough to get there!), presenting a special interview with my favourite writer: PETER MILLIGAN ,talking about his latest DC project: INFINITY Inc.

Infinity Inc. is one of the most thrilling comics on the market right now, and I'm confident the interview and the preview panels I chose reflect that and get all of you to give the book a go, it's certainly a leap above the usual DC superhero fanfare.

Choice Excerpts:

What is the high concept which sets this title apart from the flock?

Pete Milligan:
I was interested in creating what you might call a 'psychological superhero' book. Using a lot of Freudian imagery and ideas about who we are, what makes us tick, and where our problems come from. This opened up an incredibly rich area. Even the' powers' that a lot of the characters display have their roots in the world of the psychological. Most of the characters in this book have behavioral, psychological or mental problems. The trick of course is to trawl this rich ocean of possibilities... without getting drowned in a sea of miserableness. There's a lot of fun in the book, a lot of weird stuff. But there's raw emotion too. That was the crux of the pitch--and it's also what makes this book a bit different from the other teen superhero books out there.

How far have you been allowed to push the envelope in terms of adult content? Are there some things you wanted to do with the title but weren't allowed in terms of keeping the title PG?

What can I say, It's a PG book. But I think we're probably pushing things as far as they can go, and touching upon some areas that aren't usually approached in these books. That said this isn't a competition to see what I can away with. The limitations of a PG book mean you sometimes have to find creative ways of saying things. Of course the book would be different if it were Vertigo. The same subject matter would probably be handled in a very different way.

NUKLON: Gerome has severed any ties to his old friends who would remind him of his glory days, and developed narcissistic tendencies. What made you choose to go down this route with the character? And what's up with that hair?

Pete: Simply, it was my take when reading this guy. Some form of twisted narcissism seemed to lurk within Gerome's character--and I was interested in dragging that out, twisting it further, and seeing where it took him. The hair? What's wrong with the hair?

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