Mark Andreyko On Reinterpreting How Red Sonja Would Act In A Steampunk World
Victor Gischler, co-writer of The Shadow #100, talks with writer Marc Andreyko about Legenderry: Red Sonja #5, both on sale now. Cover art by Sergio Davila, interior art by Aneke.
VICTOR GISCHLER: Red Sonja is a great iconic character. What did you know of her before coming into the project? Are you a Howard fan?
MARC ANDREYKO: I have been a RS fan since I saw her in the old Marvel Conan comics. And I LOVED the Frank Throne run on her solo title. Heck, I even still own that Marvel Team-Up where Mary Jane becomes Red Sonja. (smiles)
VG: In Legenderry, we take Sonja away from her normal setting. What was it like steampunking her. How did you go about it?
MA: For me, the challenge was reinterpreting how RS would act in the Steampunk world. One of my favorite things about Red is that she isn't bound by any code of manners or formality. She is exactly what you see. That sort of freedom and directness is very liberating to write.
VG: Talk about the inspiration for the story.
MA: Well, the world Bill Willingham set up in the original Legenderry mini was so rich, that it was fairly easy. And since it was a Steampunk world, adding in Jules Verne characters seemed like a no-brainer.
VG: How was in working with Aneke? Did you work closely with her on the look of the book, or did you pretty much leave it to her?
MA: Her artwork is incredible. Such a rising talent. Great instincts and even better storytelling. I just wrote the scripts and let her run wild!
VG: What's next for you? Anymore Steampunk Sonja? What about other projects?
MA: I'm still writing Wonder Woman '77 (the Lynda Carter version) for DC Digital and Mulan: Revelations for Dark Horse. More stuff is on the runway, but won't be announced for a little bit. I can't wait to spill some beans, though!
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