WINTER SOLDIER Writer Goes Digital with WOLVERINE in Japan
On Sunday, we published an article with comments from Aaron, Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso and senior editor Nick Lowe; here we turn to Winter Soldier writer Latour, who's co-plotting and scripting the series, to learn more about Wolverine: Japan's Most Wanted, which also features Sabretooth, Silver Samurai and The Hand. While those all may be very familiar elements to Wolverine lore, the writing team says they're determined to do things differently.
Jason Latour: Well, for a long time now comics have sort of been searching about for a new foothold in the digital age. There have been some great advances in terms of getting the content online and making these books available to people in their homes, which is a great gateway to comics and comics shops. But in terms of something that takes better advantage of what handheld devices we’re still a little behind the curve — still searching for something with a little higher ceiling than scanned comics, yet still very much like reading.
Nrama: What kind of learning curve has there been with writing an Infinite Comic for the first time? How much of a consideration is doing things in the story that are unique to the format? And is there a balance between wanting to utilize the form, but not running the risk of being gimmicky about it?
So far writing an Infinite Comic has been a much less rigid of a process. It’s still very beautifully tied to pictures and words, but it’s less concerned with several images working in harmony. It doesn’t eliminate page composition, as you can still have as many images as a frame can hold, but it allows you to break out of it. That gives us the ability to create the illusion of time or motion, and allows us to make the environment a very active part of the story.
Nrama: You've worked on Wolverine with Jason Aaron before, but as an artist. How would you describe your approach to the character as a writer?
I find the questions his character poses very interesting. But what I might like most is the fact that he refuses to accept that he’s just a savage animal or a living weapon. He’s always striving to be the best man he can be. Jason Aaron has really explored that well, maybe better than anyone ever. So I'm really flattered and honored to get to work with him on pushing things just a little further.
Nrama: When we talked to Jason Aaron, he mentioned not wanting this story to be a typical "Wolverine in Japan" story. From your perspective, what truly sets this tale apart?
Latour: Wolverine vs. future ninjas. Yes, seriously. This is the Hand as you’ve never seen them, not only at war with their oldest foe, but within. This isn’t a Frank Miller cover song. I think we’ve got a very interesting angle on both Wolverine and his enemies that pushes them into some very challenging and exciting territory.More from Newsarama:
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