Geek: Gullivar hits historical Barsoom about 1400 years before John Carter. What’s the era like?
Napton: Well, having gone back into the past with Fall of Barsoom, I had tackled some of this already in telling the story of the fall of the Orovar, the once dominant race on Mars. In this story, the setting early on is dictated by the Gullivar novel—we wanted to set up Gullivar and tell his story within the context of Barsoom. Some elements of Gullivar’s plot had to be shifted to tighten the connection to Barsoom—if I say anything more it will ruin the surprise, so we’ll see how all this plays with those purists out there [laughs]. I’ll say in advance that Alan Moore did the same thing in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 2, he put Gullivar and Carter on the same red planet and had them meet, so if it works for Alan Moore, it works for me [laughs].