Frank Barbiere Talks How The Precinct Was Outside Of His Wheelhouse

David Walker, writer of Shaft: Imitation of Life #2, talks with writer Frank Barbiere about The Precinct #4, both on sale March 9 from Dynamite. Cover is by Sergio Davila and Ivan Nunes. Interiors by Crizam Cristhian Zamora and Dinei Ribeiro.

Pecinct04CovADavilaDAVID WALKER: Did you have any specific influences while you were working on The Precinct? Is there any music you listen to in order to get you in the right state of mind for writing this book?

FRANK BARBIERE: I have a hard time listening to any music with lyrics, so I tend to listen to either instrumental bands or soundtracks while writing. I tried to get some good, fantasy soundtracks—particularly soundtracks to the old Final Fantasy videogames, as that's a tone and feel I've been trying to incorporate.

Precinct041DW: Is there a particular sequence in this issue that really stands out for you?

FB: I really enjoy the scene with Mort fighting the two steampunk "monsters." It's a fun action scene, and I was able to get in some of Mort's history and what drives him. I like to find organic places to work in character, rather than having to worry about flashbacks explaining why someone is "tough." It was nice to do it in the moment, and gradually throughout the series.

Precinct042DW: Who do you relate to more, Mort of Jo?

FB: I'd cop out and say I'm a little bit of both. I have my moments where I can be headstrong and bold, but also try to come at things from a calculated angle. I'm not much of a brawler (I've never even been in a real fight), so I'd probably lean more towards Jo. I do like to think that Mort does also represent a bit of "open mindedness" as well, and that part I really identify with.

Precinct043DW: We're getting close to the end of this story, would you like to revisit the world of The Precinct?

FB: I've really enjoyed setting up the characters and the world, so I'd love to return to it if possible! It's definitely outside my normal genre wheelhouse, and it's been exciting to create as well as watch unfold.Precinct044

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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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