In a pre-Holiday interview, DC Publisher Jim Lee sat down with Daniel Warren Johnson for a chat about Johnson's Wonder Woman: Dead Earth on DCComics.com, and Lee was practically gushing over Johnson's work.
Lee: The Cheetah was brilliant! When I saw Cheetah, I said, "Anything is possible in this world!" It really showed me, "I'm going to see stuff I've never seen before." Which I think is a rare gift. You don't see that a lot in comics—people pushing things to the limit.
That whole scene where goes, "You don't know what he did to me…" It was super-powerful. Again, Diana's response to it, everything in character. Just tremendous. I'm very anxious to see what happens when she takes this lost colony—or tries to take them—to paradise. It's that classic tale, but done in a completely different, novel way, using one of our marquee characters.
In some ways, it's just as applicable to what's happening in the world now. We need heroes, we need people to look up to, and we need love. We need understanding. When you talk about, "You don't know what I have to do, I've got a thousand souls I have to feed and take care of"—parents can relate to that. People in organizations can relate to that; that type of responsibility and what it does to people. There are a lot of interesting things that are relevant to today's time, because there are people in need. There are resources that are becoming more finite. There are things that endanger us all. Who's going to step up and lead and make a difference? That's what I got out of that first story.
Johnson: I appreciate that. I'm glad that comes through.
And while Johnson did express his mutual admiration for Lee, whose work he's read since he was a child, an awkward moment came later on when Lee asked Johnson whether Johnson was working on another project for DC, and Johnson refused to commit.
Lee: This is tremendous. Are you working on your next project for us? That's what I want to know.
Johnson: The script for issue #3 is in. I'll be working on that over the holidays. I'll be finished drawing in May and then, who knows?
Oof! Should have worked our those details before the interview, Jim!
Well, whatever Johnson is working on, we're sure it will be great. Wonder Woman: Dead Earth #2 hits stores in February.
WONDER WOMAN DEAD EARTH #2 (OF 4)
(W) Daniel Warren Johnson (A/CA) Daniel Warren Johnson
Determined to give the remnants of humanity refuge on the shores of Themyscira, Wonder Woman's hopes are dashed when she finds the island paradise a shadow of its former self, with her Amazon sisters long gone and something unimaginable in their place.
In Shops: Feb 19, 2020