Nancy A. Collins, writer of Vampirella # 8, talks with Joe Casey about Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers #4, both on sale January 7th.
NANCY A. COLLINS: The visual style of the books evokes not only Kirby's distinctive late-era cosmic high-weirdness, but also classic Metal Hurlant/Heavy Metal Magazine, 2000 A.D., and even 1970s Underground Comix. Was this deliberate on the part of you and your artists, Nathan Fox and Benjamin Marra?
JOE CASEY: It's deliberate in so far as this is simply how they draw. And me knowing how they draw, cutting them loose on this particular material was all part of a grand cosmic scheme to give Captain Victory the kind of epic feel that goes beyond size and scope and ventures into style, as well. I mean, if there's one thing these artists have in abundance, it's style. I dare you to find me another comic book out there that looks this good, this distinctive, and this mind-blowing. Seriously, I dare you.
NAC: How much of the byzantine back story and space opera plot machinations re the Galactic Rangers are yours, and how much is from Kirby's original?
JC: You say "byzantine", and I say "bitchin'". And who knows? Kirby had his magnificent fever dreams, and I have mine. At this point, it's difficult to identify exactly which bits came from where. And I really don't want to. In my heart of hearts, I feel like it's all coming from the King. If not specific details, then the spirit and inspiration for us to take it to the mountain in each and every panel. Operatic, indeed.
NAC: Is Argus Flane—Captain Victory's mentor as a boy—one of Kirby's creations, or did you fashion him from whole cloth?
JC: I'm happy to say that Argus Flane is pure Kirby. See the original Captain Victory #12. Hell, who else could've come up with that name? Of course, you've never seen him in his prime like you do in our book. That's why we brought in the Marra and he absolutely crushed it.
NAC: Your narrative appears to be split into at least four different time-frames. Who are the main players in each story arc, and are they ever going to converge?
JC: Honestly, those are details that, at this point, have completely escaped me. Writing this thing was a surreal journey into self and now that I've made that trip, now that I've been seeing the fruits of all of our labor on the printed page — and on this issue especially — I'm just enjoying the ride, just like the baker's dozen readers out there that are taking it with us.
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