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  • Daryl Gregory Talks Legenderry Green Hornet

    When done right, Green Hornet is an amazing character regardless of what time period heís inÖ when done wrong he looks like Seth RogenÖ so dropping the masked man into a steampunk world really only changes the look of the book, the heart of it Ė the relationship with him and Kato and the dedication to fighting crime Ė remain. Daryl Gregory understands that and he chatted with Byron Brewer about the latest project.

    BYRON BREWER: Daryl, has it been fun in this miniseries to work with Green Hornet in the steampunk world? Were there any writing challenges there for you?

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    DARYL GREGORY: The most fun is just working with Green Hornet, period, and thatís also the challenge: to make a good story, period. The steampunk is window dressing around a good plot and snappy dialogue. Every issue, if Iíve given Brent Peeples fun stuff to draw and Iíve made myself laugh, then itís a good issue.

    BB: How do you assess Tik-Tokís worth as a super-villain? Give us some of his motivation for his skullduggery please.

    DG: Is there a prize for making a supervillain from a character in a beloved childrenís book? The most fun about Tik-Tok was taking this cozy Oz character and making him into a power-hungry sociopath. Heís a major player in the Big City ó not only a leader of a cult, but a crime lord in his own right, with a posse of machine-modified deacons to do the dirty work.

    If the audience likes Tik-Tok, Iíll look into despoiling other childhood characters. Ask me about my pitch for Thomas the Meth Cooking Tank Engine.

    BB: You said Kato is very important for you in this mini. Why?

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    DG: Thereís a reason why the Green Hornet TV series was known in Hong Kong as The Kato Show. Heís important because heís the sole of the series. By which I mean that the sole of his foot is always kicking someone in the head.

    But seriously, folks. Kato is fascinating, and in the book I spend a little time (between head kicks) to show his relationship to Green Hornet, and why these two guys hang out together.

    BB: The Brass Hornet sounds like a great mirror-image villain for GH, kind of like Doctor Doom and Reed Richards, or Lex Luthor and Superman. Tell us about his conception.

    DG: To quote Bill Willingham (or misquote him, since I was drinking at a con bar when he said this), superhero comics are all about the villains. Because this was the first standalone Green Hornet comic in this new universe, Iíd be damned if I was going to pass up the opportunity to create not only a raft of new villains, but an old-fashioned arch-nemesis. And because itís steampunk, of course he had to be brass. Also, he has huge brass Ö weapons.

    BB: How has Brent Peeples been meeting your writing challenge on this very different take on the Green Hornet?

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    DG: Itís very hard to think of something that Brent would find a challenge. Heís a veteran of comics, and Iím the new guy, with just a few comics under his belt. (This is not a metaphor. I carry them all with me at all times. Itís difficult to sit down.) Iíve just been telling people, ďWait to you see these pages, theyíre terrific.Ē And Iíve been loving Michael Bartoloís color work! Iím in good hands with these guys.

    For more information on the Legenderry: Green Hornet series, click here.

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