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Marc Andreyko Talks Writing Red Sonja For A Steampunk World

Frank Barbiere, writer of Solar: Man of the Atom #10, talks with writer Marc Andreyko about Legenderry: Red Sonja #2, both on sale now! Cover by Sergio Fernandez Davila.

LegenderryRS02CovADavilaFRANK BARBIERE: What's the most exciting part of being able to use Red Sonja in a different setting?

MARC ANDREYKO: It has been fun to take her personality and extrapolate it to a different time period/world. Taking her dominant traits –audaciousness, boldness, a fire within – and seeing how they recalibrate in a steampunk setting but still have her recognizable as Sonja, that has been a fun challenge.

FB: You dedicate the opening of the book to the origin of Lady Frankenstein …it's a great, emotional scene.  What was the most important thing you wanted to convey here?

MA: I wanted to give an emotional depth to Elizabeth and a sense of tragedy. We all know the Monster's story, but seeing how Victor's madness pulled others into it helps make Elizabeth and Victor more textured characters.

FB: Aneke's art is wonderfully detailed and has an excellent sense of storytelling.  Do you tend to be very tight with your panel counts, or does the artist bring a lot of design to the paneling?  The scene where Lady Frankenstein falls from the tower is particularly well rendered!

MA: I do write panel-by-panel, but always with the caveat that if the artist can convey the necessary info, they can play with the angles and panel count. I look at it this way: I'm the director, but the artist is the cinematographer. And Aneke is amazing! Her art makes the book, IMHO. She's gonna be a superstar!

FB: The use of various literary characters (and the final reveal) is exciting and adds a new dimension to the world.  Is there anything you're hoping to say with these characters, or anyone specifically you're a fan of and hope to see make it into the story?

MA: Having a limited page count and a new world to share with readers, using "known quantity" characters allows a short hand, and by turning the expectations of what those characters bring also adds an air of mystery and excitement to what is happening next. And I am having a blast with Elizabeth Frankenstein and (spoiler) Captain Nemo!

FB: What can you say about the villains in this story?  Any particular favorites to write?

MA: Villains are always fun to write. (smiles) It's like scream therapy for a writer. You get to put all your stress and frustration out on the page through the mouths of maniacs. (smiles) And I don't want to get more specific than that since we have a few cool reveals left in the series!

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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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