NYCC '09: Millar - Ending it Big with Wolverine
by Matt Brady
Date: 06 February 2009 Time: 04:58 PM ET
The Year of Mark Millar Becomes 2, p1
Click here for part one of our interview with Mark Millar.
As readers of Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s run on Wolverine, the story called “Old Man Logan” have seen, things are building towards something huge. The storyline is set in a post-apocalyptic (Marvel Universe) America, and focuses on Wolverine – and old and broken version of the unstoppable mutant hero of the present day. As was shown in issue #70, it took the planning of a cadre of supervillains, but Wolverine finally was brought low, the victim of Mysterio. Since then, Wolverine has lived a quiet life as a farmer in the wastelands, preferring to forget the past. A need for money, and the opportunity to get it by accompanying Hawkeye on a roadtrip got the story rolling, and since the kickoff, readers of the eight part “Old Man Logan” story have seen much of the bizarre possible future of the Marvel Universe – Ghost Rider biker gangs, the Hulk’s descendants as thugs, the place where Thor finally fell, a Venom T. rex and more. Oh, and it looks as if the Red Skull is in Washington D.C. – well, at least his head on Mount Rushmore seemed to indicate that. As things head toward their conclusion, Marvel has announced that part eight of “Old Man Logan” will be extra-sized to accommodate the ending of Millar’s story. We spoke with the writer about the expansion. Newsarama: Mark, was it your plan all along to finish with a larger than normal sized issue, or was this something that grew along as the story was going? Mark Millar: I never liked the idea of the story being more than eight parts, but what I realized was that part 8 had a lot in it. There’s a really, really big scene in part 8 that needs space, and I thought I could either do a lame version of this, or I could do the version in my head. I spoke with Marvel about this and my pitch to them was that when Alan Moore brought back Arcane in his first run of Swamp Thing, the finale was so huge that they gave him a special to finish it in at the end of his first year, although you don’t really notice that in the collection. And it makes it seem more awesome and epic, too. For their part, Marvel said sure. And it gives Steve a little more time as well – they’ve got other Wolverine plans going on around and with the movie aside from this, so that meant that Steve didn’t have to try and rush things and do ten lousy pages to hustle it along so it could fit in a larger Wolverine publishing plan. NRAMA: yeah, but when word was broken to Steve – he didn’t make death threats against you? MM: Are you kidding? He’s Canadian. He’s just happy sitting upright – that’s amusing to Steve. Canadians are like brain-damaged Americans, they’re just happy no matter what. [laughs] NRAMA: And at this point, it’s probably wise for me to add that the opinions expressed in this interview are those of Mark Millar, not Newsarama. Onward, let’s talk about this epic finale…what needs to be so big? MM: Well, I have to stay quiet on the actual finale – there are three big twists coming up, and I don’t want to spoil any of them. We’ve actually blacked out half the cover for the final issue, so you don’t quite see what Wolverine is truly up against. NYCC '09 Video Page