Writer's Commentary – Ray Fawkes Talks The Sovereigns #3

Dynamite has sent us a new writer's commentary from Ray Fawkes where he talks about The Sovereigns #3 with a cover by Stephen Segovia and interiors by Johnny Desjardins.

The last days of the heroic age have arrived, threatening not just the existence of Earth's protectors but humankind itself. As chaos envelops the world, Magnus discovers how human he really is, while Solar solves a truly shocking mystery. And prepare yourself for Turok's Lost Valley like you've NEVER seen it before!The Sovereigns

Read THE SOVEREIGNS #3, on sale now, and then follow along with a behind-the-scenes look from writer Ray Fawkes …

Page 1:
Solar gives us a chance to look at things from a – literally – global perspective. We learn a bit more about how the world's arrived at its current state, and a fair bit more about what it was like talking to Dr. Spektor. Short version: both are not very nice.Writer's Commentary – Ray Fawkes Talks The Sovereigns #3

Pages 2-3:
Not as bad as being directly connected to Spektor's mind during his death, though. Poor Magnus. Also, I really like how ominous it is to have an Artificial Intelligence tell you you've experienced "trivial brain damage". Like… how much is "trivial"?Writer's Commentary – Ray Fawkes Talks The Sovereigns #3 Writer's Commentary – Ray Fawkes Talks The Sovereigns #3

Pages 4-5:
It's not really Samson unless he gets to fight a giant beast with his bare hands.Writer's Commentary – Ray Fawkes Talks The Sovereigns #3 Writer's Commentary – Ray Fawkes Talks The Sovereigns #3

Pages 6-7:
Magnus needs sleep. Solar needs to think out loud. Both of them have secrets… and we're still talking about the moon. This issue is all about things that have always been right there in front of you but are often casually ignored… until it's too late.

Page 8:
I've always loved "here's what we know right now" conversations in detective fiction.

Pages 9-12:
We know that Turok died in the lost valley, but we never found out what happened to Andar, his brother. Here it is! Good ol' time-shifting Lost Valley… anyone can be in there, from any time. I loved how Johnny drew this scene – the drama and the emotion is wonderfully captured.

Page 13:
The dawning of a terrible realization. Even now, parts of Solar are playing a game with other parts. "Got it yet? Now? Now?"

Pages 14-15:
You know what you probably don't want to do if you're trying to hold off panic? Have a robot conduct your press conference for you without prior notice. But then again, Magnus is good at solving technical problems, not diplomatic ones. That much is clear.

Pages 16-17:
Solar is caught in a compelling conundrum. They now know who the enemy is, but they don't know what will or will not create the enemy. It's kind of a "don't do anything until we know — but what if doing nothing creates it" puzzle.

Pages 18-19:
Looks like someone has a suggestion as far as Solar's next move is concerned… once again, Johnny knocked this one out of the park. Loved it.

Page 20:
THE MOON WAS DESTROYED??!?!!!? (Yes. See issue 4 to find out how…)

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.