Creator Commentary – Pete Woods Talks Project Superpowers: Hero Killers #4

We have a new creator commentary from Dynamite today, this time with artist Pete Woods talking about Project Superpowers: Hero Killers #4 that he is doing with writer Ryan Browne. Both Woods and Browne provide covers for the issue. That's a team-up there. Woods's cover is up front and Browne's at the end.

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So in keeping with the weird pop culture references I decided to run with a parody of a teaser poster for the film GET CARTER. I've always loved the design and figured this was my chance.

Hero Killers

Page 1:
So here we are back at Dickie Moe's Salvage, and poor Captain Battle Jr. has no idea what has happened to his friends. Poor Sparky seems to have lost it completely and Tim is nothing more than a desperate rage monster who will do anything and hurt anyone who he believes will reveal what he's done. It's just a matter of time until things become…

Page 2:
…violent. Time is out of control. At least Sparky is keeping himself busy. We had planned for Tim to lose the oven mitt around this point and don a new mask, but with the story barreling forward so quickly now it would have really bogged down the story for him to take the time to do it.

Pages 3-5:
Tim just doesn't have what it takes to beat CBJ in a fair fight. Unfortunately for CBJ, this isn't a fair fight. Dimension 42 may get a new resident if we don't get some adult supervision soon.

Page 6:
Ah. Adult acquired.

Pages 7 and 8:
A little interlude. I had no idea how Ryan was going to handle the Mayor throughout the series. I really like this scene, though. Seeing that the Mayor really does care for Warren and it's not just a fling gave him some depth and brought some sympathy to him. Unfortunately for the Mayor, he learns what everyone who has an affair eventually learns. You ain't fooling anybody.

Page 9:
Captain Battle on the scene! He's fun to draw. A mashup of Superman, Captain America, and old-school Nick Fury. Unfortunately for him, he doesn't take Tim as seriously as he should.

Page 10:
Owwie indeed. An owwie on Captain Battle's heart.

Page 11:
Let's put our hands together for Captain Battle! Except you, Tim.

Pages 12:
Looks like this is the end of Tim and the series. Wow. We got that done an issue and a half earlier than expected. Time for a vacation!

Page 13:
Never mind. Thanks for making sure I have 32 more pages to draw, Sparky!

Page 14:
Wondering what was going on all this time in Dimension 42? Dr. Von Pysics has this on lock-down.

Page 15:
Welcome to Dimension 42, CBJ! It's time to get schwifty.

Pages 16-17:
Tim's getting pretty good at this surgery thing. Also, hats off to Crank! for imitating in panels 2-4 the hand-drawn lettering I did in panel 1! That's awesome.

Pages 18-19:
Once again it looks like the end for Tim and Sparky. They're surrounded by cops AND heroes. Once the heroes work out their contract with the city, that is. The only thing that could possibly save Tim and Sparky now would be something super improbable. Like an inter-dimensional portal opening up and exploding the house they're in, sending them flying across the street.

Page 20:
Well, what do you know? Who'd have seen that coming?

Pages 21-22:
With Black Terror now firmly back in our world and ready to curb stomp the crap out of Tim, what could be awaiting us in issue #5? I dunno, but at least Sparky's got chicken.

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.