"All I Can Do Is Show You Why I Love Bensen And Justice Inc." – Mark Waid On Justice Inc: The Avenger

With the sixth issue of Justice Inc: The Avenger coming out soon, Byron Brewer caught up with Mark Waid to talk about the series, his collaboration with co-writer Chrstipher Sequeria and artist Ronilson Freire and twisting continuity. Cover art by Francesco Francavilla.

JusticeAvenger06CovAFrancaBYRON BREWER: Mark, I know how much you love this book. In November, you will have worked your way up to issue #6. Has it been the book you wanted it to be thus far?

MARK WAID: Even moreso, in no small part thanks to our artist Ronilson, who brings a great and accomplished expressiveness to the book's star, Richard Benson — "accomplished" because Benson's whole gimmick is that his face is lifeless putty, and yet Ronilson makes it work!

BB: Following the above, do you think this is educating a new generation on The Avenger, a pulp hero of lesser-known esteem than the Shadow or Doc Savage?

MW: I think so. I hope so. All I can do is show you why I love Benson and Justice Inc. and hope you love them too. So far, the response has been terrific, especially from readers new to the characters.

BB: Can you explain how you and Christopher Sequeira operate in your co-writing process please?

MW: Christopher and I have known one another for years. He's a very impressive Australian writer and, like me, really loves the Justice Inc. world. Chris and I talk story ideas back and forth and work up a beat sheet, then Chris does the first-draft scripting and I make a pass over it, adding and subtracting little things and sharing my voice.

BB: Can you give us any hints at all about this "villain with a grudge" (solicits) appearing in #6 in November? Is this someone we have seen before?

MW: It's not anyone we've seen before — but it would seem to be someone Justice Inc. knows all too well.

BB: Are we going to see any new members for the Justice Inc. gang? Or perhaps current members redefined? A change of relationship with The Avenger?

MW: We did flout continuity a little this time to add Cole Wilson to the team. In the original pulps, he was a later addition, but he brings a level of charisma and humor to the series that Sequiera and I couldn't miss out on.

BB: This book is certainly getting buzz around my LCS like none of the pulps before. Everyone is fascinated with the "Man of a Thousand Faces." Have you found this to be true with your own conversations with fandom?

MW: I really have! It's pretty awesome — like watching your friends get turned on by a band you love that they've never heard of. We're eager to deliver to sate their newfound thirst!

​For more information on Justice Inc: The Avenger #6, click here.

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Dan WicklineAbout Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.
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