CBR News spoke with Kevin Grevioux about the June-debuting new New Warriors ongoing series.
“[Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief] Joe Quesada and [Executive Editor] Axel Alonso read some of my work. I had my own creator-owned imprint Astounding/Darkstorm Studios and based on that Joe thought I’d be right for the book and offered me the job. It was really a dream come true working for Marvel and both he and Axel gave me an opportunity.”
“I was definitely a fan of the old New Warriors, the first team in particular. I thought it was an interesting mix of characters and it marked the first time that some of Marvel’s teenagers had banded together to form some kind of group.”
“When we first see the [new] New Warriors they’ve definitely been active for about a month or two. We see that despite the government edict prohibiting non-registered superhero activity, they’ve been going around catching villains and basically gift-wrapping them for the police.”
“The media has definitely gotten wind of the New Warriors. You find trussed up super-villains all over the city or the country for that matter, you realize that somebody had to put them there. That’s newsworthy material. As far as support for their illegal activities, I’d have to say its split. Some want the New Warriors arrested like the criminals they are, while others, especially the youth culture, praise their efforts.”
“I can’t reveal too much because that’s the meat and substance of the series. But suffice it to say, Tony Stark is not too happy about them. The superhero landscape is a very delicate and politically challenging situation right now in the Marvel Universe and any wrong turn could upset the apple cart. So, falling in congruence with what has happened with the previous incarnation of the New Warriors, Stark doesn’t want this new group to hurt anyone, and he doesn’t want them to hurt themselves either. That could be disastrous for all that he’s tried to accomplish in the last several months.”
“I think they represent the voice of a certain segment of the Marvel Universe populace that is against registration and what it could mean in terms of strict government control on any level. This sentiment comes mostly from the youth culture who feels that if the old way of ‘superheroing’ was good for Spidey and the boys, it’s good enough for them now.”
“…there are about nine members of the group.”
He, or she, [on the cover] is Wondra. And, he or she is arguably the most powerful member of the team. Once again, that’s all I can say.”
“They have a cool headquarters. And it will be revealed to be even cooler once the series gets going. I have a lot of plans in store for this one.”
“The central question of this first arc will deal with the identity of the New Warriors; who they are and how to stop them. I think the team trying to find themselves in this new superhero landscape will be the most challenging thing for them to deal with; that and trying to adjust given their new status quo as heroes.”
“They actually have a very interesting supporting cast that harkens back to the early days of Stan and Jack’s Marvel. I won’t reveal exactly what that is just yet, but I think the fans will find it very interesting.”
“The book will be cool and hip, incorporating a lot of contemporary youth culture. But at the same time, this is a book about kids engaged in what they perceive to be a real war. They see themselves as freedom fighters of sorts and are trying to make the world a better place. That should provide a very interesting dynamic for the book.”
“This book wouldn’t be possible without the phenomenal work of the artist, Paco Medina. Paco is doing a fantastic job and I think he’s turning in some of the best work of his career. Also, Juan Vlasco’s inks are amazing. He really brings out the best in Paco’s work, if that’s even possible. And Nik Klein’s eye-popping covers will really make the book standout on the shelves at the comic shop.”
In addition to the previously released preview of issue #1, page 10 is included in the article.