The God of Thunder and the God of Bad Attitude take the fight online with the arrival of Wolverine vs. Thor, a Marvel Digital Comics exclusive. We caught up with writer Frank Tieri, a guy who knows a thing or two about getting Wolverine into fights.
Newsarama: This story is described as three parts; how does that work online in this particular case?
Frank Tieri: The three parts will be clocking in at 7 pages each, presented in 3 different installments a few weeks apart exclusively at Marvel.com. Eventually it’ll make for a nice 21 page package that’ll be collected as a one shot.Nrama: On the surface, the pairing of Wolverine and Thor doesn't seem as natural as say, Wolverine and The Punisher or even Wolverine and Iron Man. What elements of the two characters make them a good fit?
Tieri: Ok, I will admit at first glance it seems like an odd pairing, but to be honest, that’s one of the reasons we’re doing it. Originally this pitch involved Wolvie and another character, but one of the cool things about working at Marvel is sometimes a pitch morphs into something else and that was the case here. (still doing that pitch with the other character—but that’s a story for another day) Honestly, I think with the movie coming out they want to raise Thor’s profile a bit and by pitting him against Wolvie, giving fans a fight they’ve never really seen before, it certainly can’t hurt.Plus… hey, why the hell not Wolvie vs Thor? They’re both warriors, both have $%^&ed up family history, both have weapons with unbreakable metals… you mean to tell me it’s any weirder than pairing Thor with a certain World War II super soldier or even more so, some drunken billionaire playboy inventor? It’s just because somebody decided to throw all those guys together on the Avengers years ago that we don’t bat an eye at Thor teaming with Cap or Iron man – but now with Wolvie being an Avenger as well, this is not as crazy a scenario as it once was. (In fact, not to give too much away, but the Avenger connection DOES play into this)
Nrama: You've done a lot with Wolverine, so what's the most appealing thing about working on Thor and his cast?
Tieri: Well, first let me start of by saying that while, yes, as you say, I have done a lot with Wolverine over the years, but thankfully from time to time, I get a chance like this to do even more. I mean, I love the guy and whenever Marvel asks me to do anything with him I’m hard pressed to say no—as exhibited with projects like Wolverine/Mr. X and two other Wolvie-centric projects that have yet to be announced. (Stay tuned for more news on those! … so, ok, I think that’s enough out-of-left-field shilling for now)
Getting back to this project, for me the most exciting part became working with Thor. He’s long been a favorite of mine—I sort of always dug how practically no matter who the Avengers were up against, when the god of thunder showed up, it was pretty much show over. Plus, he’s just one of those characters you get into this business to work with—like Spider-Man, the Hulk, Superman, Batman, etc. So I was really pumped about getting a crack at the big guy, and I hope fans see that in the story.
Nrama: Was this tale always developed for digital delivery? In what ways does writing for that medium direct your approach?
Tieri: Yeah, it was always meant to be a digital comic. Marvel.com wanted some material to coincide with the release of the X-Men Origins: Wolverine DVD and this fit the bill nicely.
But as far as me writing any differently for this medium, the biggest thing I’ve had to adjust to is writing everything in parts. In comics, we tend to like to open big and close big, so I had to try to apply that to three different parts, using only 7 pages each to do it in… all the while keeping in the back of my mind that this is all going to be collected as a one shot. Tricky at times, but I think we do a good job of pulling it off.
Nrama: What's your take on digital delivery as a whole? Is this the future of comics to you, or do you still see a place for the traditional format?
Tieri: I have to admit, I’m one of those guys who doesn’t really get the digital comics controversy. I honestly don’t see why there can’t be room for both formats. And yeah, I know there’s this great fear out there that digital comics will one day do away with traditional comics, but I really don’t see that ever happening. Remember, people were afraid about TV when it first came out, how it was going to make movies and radio obsolete—and last I checked, that didn’t happen, did it? In the end, I don’t see it being any different than other mediums comics have crossed into—TV, video games, movies, etc. It’s all just other ways that more and more people get exposed to this industry that we all love, and I really can’t see that being a bad thing.