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"Overconfidence Is Her Biggest Flaw" – Marc Andreyko Talks Legenderry: Red Sonja

Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery, writers of Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini #5, talk with writer Marc Andreyko about Legenderry: Red Sonja #3, both on sale now. Cover art by Sergio Davila.

LegenderryRS03CovADavilaANTHONY DEL COL & CONOR McCREERY: Red Sonja is one of the most famous female action characters of all-time, always quick on her feet (and with her wit) and able to fight her way out of a jam. But she's human, and has her faults or her flaws. What do you think is a major flaw (or flaws) and how are you trying to get that into this series?

MARC ANDREYKO: Overconfidence is her biggest flaw. Ninety-nine times out of 100, she's right, but that niggling one time could lead her to a bloody defeat. Sonja operates on emotion, so sometimes she gets in her own way. But don't we all?

A&C: I love the fact that you've got Victor Frankenstein and Captain Nemo in this story! Two of my favorites of all-time. How is this version of Frankenstein different from any other? What attracted you the most to writing this character?

MA: Victor in my story is a raging sociopath and megalomaniac – like any good surgeon. And I've always been a fan of Shelley's novel because so much of it is internal conflict, not Michael Bay blow-up stuff. The fight scenes are always fun, but understanding a character's emotional landscape only adds to the intensity.

A&C: I know that you're not only a great writer of horror but also a fan of it. In this issue there's a really frightening scene that gave me chills when I first read it. What do you think is the key to writing a good horror comic?

MA: Aww, thanks, guys! I just try and find things that would terrify/disturb/gross me out and run with them. If something doesn't scare you, as the writer and guide for the reader, why should it scare them?

A&C: The coloring in this series isn't what I expected – I liked that there was more of a light color palette, which I think makes the characters a little more human (and in the process scarier). Do you script this sort of direction? Was this the original plan of the series?

MA: The coloring choices are all the colorist and I agree, the palette is not what you'd expect, but that only heightens the unease. I refer to it as "bruise-y colors" and they are exquisite.

A&C: What are the most interesting elements of steampunk to you?

MA: The utter lack of fossil fuel usage! And add in the Victorian vibe and I am so there. The whole clockwork aspect of the tech also intrigues me since I am completely mechanically impaired. (smiles) The visuals of turning cogs and pistons and steam pipes is just so much fun – using old school tech on the edge of breakthroughs is fascinating and makes me wish we still used the steam engine. (smiles)

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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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