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    Rob Williams started off as a freelance journalist and creator of corporate videos before he did Cla$$war for Com.X. Since then heís worked for Marvel, Dark Horse, 2000AD and Dynamite Entertainment. Jai Nitz chatted with the writer about his very different take on a golden age heroine.

    Jai Nitz: Rob, I know you best from your self-published Cla$$war and 2000AD work (which are all fantastic) and now youíre writing Miss Fury at Dynamite. What was your first encounter with the American Golden Age heroes?

    ROB WILLIAMS: Thanks! My first encounter with Golden AgeÖ Iím not sure. I guess it would be Marvel stuff when I was a kid. I remember being fascinated to find out that there was an original Human Torch and feeling it was pretty tragic that he became the Vision (heh). I loved The Invaders as a kid. Of course, you have no idea at the time that these are Golden Age characters. Sub Mariner etc. When I got a little older I had a soft spot for DCís All Star Squadron. Itís a rich era to play in.

    JN: How did you come to Dynamite and Miss Fury? Your first work at Dynamite was Robocop. I canít think of a concept much further from a non-superpowered heroine.

    RW: That was a few years back now. But yeah, it was Robocop, I think. I believe Andy Diggle mentioned me to the guys at Dynamite, and I dropped them a line about possible work. They offered me Robocop, which was a lot of fun. Very close to that 2000AD attitude and aethetic that I know really well. Very close to Dredd, of course. Some might say itís EXTREMELY close to Dredd. Dynamiteís always been good people to work for, in my experience.

    JN: What was the original hook in the character Miss Fury that got you started?

    RW: Well, Nick Barrucci asked me if I was aware of the character, and then it was up to me to pitch. One of the good things about working for Dynamite is they give you a lot of creative freedom, which I think is probably their appeal with creators. If they like your pitch, theyíll offer a few pointers, of course, but they donít insist that a book goes in this or that direction. I started playing around with her time-travelling from the 40s to 2013, but then you realise thatís been done to death. So, I thought, wouldnít it be more interesting to do a non-linear time travel story, where sheís constantly being thrown back and fore through time, and you get this jigsaw puzzle effect of her personality as a result. Itís more challenging but a lot more fun for the writer, and hopefully for the reader.

    JN: Miss Fury is a dimension-hopping, violent, period piece. LOL. I think itís amazing that youíre putting in a ton of pulp-craziness and pulling it off without a hitch. Are you planning more insanity for the future?

    RW: Yeah, we have things coming up like the Philadelphia Experiment, a Mob boss whoís convinced himself that heís a superhero (I like him a lot) and a behind-enemy-lines mission into Nazi Germany thatís aiming for a time travel laboratory. For me, these kinds of storylines are lot more interesting that if weíd taken the easy route and made Miss Fury a Catwoman-lite jewel thief.

    JN: Talk about your process writing a Dynamite script. How is it different from a 2000AD script?

    RW: Itís really not that different, aside from it being 20 pages rather than five or six pages per episode. Iíll flatplan the episode out, mark down the act breaks, usually note on which pages certain actions will occur, then I go to script. Youíve structured it that way, you know which markers you have to hit and when. But thatís largely how I work on every script. And theme is big for me. Thatís the spine of your story.

    JN: Talk about Jackson Herbert and what he brings to the table. I love his stuff.

    RW: Yeah, Jacksonís a star in the making. Thereís so much hyperbole in comic interviews, but genuinely. Take a look at Miss Fury #7 and some of those panels are high, HIGH level comic art. And heís getting better all the time. He brings so much to the book. Heís brilliant at the pulp mood stuff, his era reference panels can be stunning to. The opening panel of Miss Fury #7 is Manhattan, 1943, and he makes it look so evocative. And he draws beautiful women. Heís one to watch.

    JN: Whatís next for you at Dynamite? What other projects do you have upcoming?

    RW: Nothing definite lined up at Dynamite yet. Hope to do more with them. I have several other projects on the way though. I have a six-issue series coming from Vertigo in February, THE ROYALS: MASTERS OF WAR, which is kind of Downton Abbey meets the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan. Stunning art by Si Coleby on that. Iím writing two issues of Marvelís Revolutionary War mini-series, KNIGHTS OF PENDRAGON and SUPER SOLDIERS, I have a few Judge Dredds Iím excited about in 2000AD and the Judge Dredd Megazine, including one with RM Guera. And in April my and Díisraeliís creator-owned series ORDINARY debuts from Titan. Díisraeliís a genius and I think that might be the best thing Iíve written in my career. Iím hoping people check it out.