Frank Barbiere Talks About Steam-Powered Monsters

With the new Dynamite series The Precinct set to debut soon, Byron Brewer sat down to talk with writer Frank J Barbiere about the series as he finished up the third issue. Cover art by Sergio Davila.

precinct 3BYRON BREWER: Frank, I know that by issue #3, on sale in February, we are at the half-way point in this miniseries, but remind us again about The Precinct's concept please.

FRANK BARBIERE: The Precinct is the story of the police force within a steampunk city called The Big City. Our main character, Mortimer Hill, is investigating the sudden appearance of giant, steam-powered monsters and has enlisted the aid of Josephine Winters, a mage of sorts who is aligned with an organization that uses alchemy, not steam, to draw power. They get into some big trouble pretty quickly!

BB: Coming into #3, without spoilers, what would you tell the new reader if this is their hopping-on place?

FB: Go back and read #1 and #2, haha! But in all seriousness—this is a detective story and we're slowly doling out reveals. Issue #3 has some pretty big moments that will be fun for readers jumping in, but you'll want to read it all to get the full scope and fun of the story.

BB: Going into the established storyline, any clues you can give us on the mystery of the steampunk monstrosities?

FB: It's important to note that though this is a steampunk society, nothing to this scale has ever been seen. These monstrosities are brand new, and a dangerous turning point for the city. Behind it all is a political scandal between other forces … this is a pretty complex world where we have science and magic at opposition, and that's a big theme in the book.

BB: Character-wise, what do you like about Mort and Jo as a unit, if you can call them that?

FB: They are a great team because they are so different. From their fundamental beliefs, to their religious beliefs and battle composure, they are opposites. It's fun to see them work together and have to use their differences as strengths, and maybe even start to learn from one another as we move forward into the story. It's a lot of fun to write their back and forths as well.

BB: Are you enjoying working with artist Crizam Zamora?

FB: Crizam has been a joy to collaborate with. This is a book that has a need for new designs every issue and he has continually knocked them out of the park. He's doing a great job with the storytelling and character acting as well. I'm really proud of the book and Crizam is a fantastic collaborator!

For more information on The Precinct #3, click here.

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About 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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