Although Filipino artist Dexter Soy is returning to drawing Jason Todd in DC's relaunch of Red Hood and the Outlaws, he's getting to add some new life to the title with the addition of what writer Scott Lobdell has termed the "Dark Trinity" of Jason, Superman clone Bizarro and Amazonian character Artemis.
Soy, who broke into American comic book with a run on Marvel's Captain Marvel, has more recently been working within the Batman universe at DC, drawing issues of Batman Beyond, Batman: Arkham Knight — Genesis, and pre-"Rebirth" issues of Red Hood/Arsenal, on which he also worked with Lobdell.
As DC provided a few process images of Soy's work, Newsarama talked to the artist to find out more about his approach to Jason Todd, the new Bizarro and Artemis.
Newsarama: As you start a new #1 on Red Hood and the Outlaws, does it help to have some experience with the characters? Or do you feel like you have to tweak your approach?
Dexter Soy: The way I approach a title/book now is much of the same as I did before, as far as I can remember, and I actually never think or plan an approach. Experience always helps as I get used to a character. So, I can say that it's clear that as I get more familiar with a certain character, it gets much easier for me to visualize them.
Nrama: Dexter, We got to see a little bit about Jason's state of mind in the Rebirth issue, but as you guys kick off your run, how would you describe Jason, and what's important about that character visually as you portray him to audiences in the new run?
Soy: To be honest I wasn't really familiar with Jason's character before I did Batman: Arkham Knight — Genesis. But as I got familiar with him throughout the story from my writer/writers, I actually find Jason's character very interesting.
He has this unique kind of madness that excites me. But he still has that tenderness inside of him which I think makes and keeps him sane.
Nrama: You're getting to draw Artemis as a key character in the series. What's your approach to her? Who is she and how do you portray that visually?
Soy: The first time I actually heard of Artemis is when I read the script from Scott. I visualize her as an edgier version of Wonder Woman.
But, even now, I'm still on the verge of getting to know her more as we work along.
Nrama: You've also got Bizarro showing up. Did you design this character?
Soy: I didn't design him, actually. Alex, my editor, just sent me a finished character design of Bizarro and I went from there. I think we'll find out soon why he looks the way he looks on the design.
Nrama Interesting. Then what kind of settings are you getting to draw? Anything you can describe at the places you're drawing and how you approached them?
Soy: From what we've done so far, I've only drawn Gotham City, mostly. I always thought visually that Gotham is a gritty place. I love how it looked in the game Arkham Knight. As you can see in the first issue of Red Hood and the Outlaws, the mood and the tone of Gotham was visually captured by the help of our colorist Veronica Gandini.
Nrama: I know from speaking with Scott that Black Mask is your villain, and he'll be playing a big role in the book. Have you gotten to draw any other villains?
Soy: So far I've only got to draw Black Mask as the villain, and also a bit of Joker in a few panels. But do you want battle? We'll soon see both anttagonists have a battle — which is really cool!