Phil Hester Talks Modernizing Classic Heroes Like Magnus And Turok

Phil Hester talks Gold Key: Alliance #3, on sale in June from Dynamite. Cover is by Felipe Massafera.

GKALliance03-Cov-A-MassaferaBYRON BREWER: Phil, was it tough to mesh these classic heroes together – especially since you are also introducing new iterations of them to a modern readership?

PHIL HESTER: Well, since we made the fundamental change of moving each character from their previous settings and eras to 21st century Earth, not so much. I guess the hard work was cooking up a way for each character to make sense in a contemporary setting, but once we'd done that the adventures themselves sort of clicked right away.

BB: Did artist Brent Peeples do new designs for ALL of the revamped GK characters? Did you have imput into these designs, if so?

PH: I trusted Brent to modernize the costumes where needed, and there's a lot of need. We're not only introducing those contemporary versions of the Gold Key classics, but taking a few side trips into alternate timelines to see a few "what if?" versions of each hero.

BB: In June, as issue #3 arrives, thus far which of these characters has taken hold of your imagination most as a writer? Which would you like to write in a solo series down the road, perhaps?

PH: That's a great question. I think Magnus is probably the easiest to write, but I identify most with Turok and his role as equal parts hero, hunter, naturalist, administrator, law enforcement, and reality star. I think I identify with the amount of multi-tasking he has to do. I also think it enriches the character beyond a hunter in an out-of-time setting. I think what we did with Solar also deepens the character, and Samson is just as nutty as he's ever been.

BB: Any other classic/revamped GK characters coming into Alliance before we reach its conclusion? If not, which one would you as the writer liked to have seen enter the saga?

PH: [In June's issue #3] … we finally get a good glimpse at what Doctor Spektor has been up to this whole time. We may also get a glimpse of Tragg and the Sky Gods before it's all over. Really, all bets are off!

For more information on Gold Key Alliance #3, click here.

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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.
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