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Axel Alonso talks Daredevil and Punisher!

03 Dec

ADVENT DAY THREE: To celebrate advent, I’ll be adding new content to this blog every day in the countdown to Christmas; reviews, opinion pieces, short stories… that sort of thing! So make sure you pop back in between shopping, packing presents and nursing a headache.

Every Friday, Comic Book Resources talks to Marvel’s new Editor-In-Chief, Axel Alonso. It’s always fascinating stuff (especially to me, as I’ve been a fan since… well, forever), but this week’s is particularly of interest, as he talks about two of my favourite characters, Daredevil and the Punisher.

On Daredevil and The Amazing Spider-man, he notes that “the one thing that’s common of both titles is that there’s a real sense of optimism and hope at their core. This has come up in conversation around here — how these titles provide refuge from a world that, right now, is kind of scary and frustrating. Peter Parker and Matt Murdock have big problems, but there’s something fun at the core of those books that may in some small way contribute to their appeal.”

Coming Soon: Daredevil #10.

And Daredevil is certainly getting some rave reviews: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=user_review&id=4089

Now, I have to admit that I haven’t had the chance to read the latest run of DD – I still can’t bring myself to finish Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark’s fantastic run, in fact – but one comic book I definitely can’t wait to read each month is the new Punisher. I second the fantastic reviews it’s getting:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=user_review&id=3836

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=user_review&id=4159

What’s more, the interview with Axel is accompanied by some stunning preview art of Punisher #07-08.

There’s also a nice little moment where Axel discusses the discretion writers must take when creating comics: “Comics are words and pictures, and sometimes the best dialog is the sparsest dialog. The risk of employing lots of silent scenes, however, is the occasional internet complaint about “decompression” or what have you. But at the end of the day, a comic book should entertain and affect the reader, and it doesn’t always need lots of words to do that.”

As a wannabe-comic writer, it’s something worth bearing in mind.

You can read the full interview here:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=35738

And remember to check on my other blog, Make Mine A Marvel Omnibus, for all the latest omnibus news: http://marvelomnibus.wordpress.com/

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