Marvel Comics artist Germán Peralta is right where he wants to be - drawing a new Marvel team with a deadly mission in September 25's Strikeforce #1.
Along with writer Tini Howard, Peralta will shepherd the adventures of the team, consisting of hardened spies and more than a few killers, to take on dark and foreboding threats - which, in Peralta's words, give him plenty of opportunity to "stain the page" with the gritty details of his art.
Newsarama spoke to Peralta ahead of Strikeforce #1's release, diving into the threats and storylines that will push the heroes of Marvel's latest team to the limits of their morality.
Newsarama: Germán, the tagline for Strikeforce is “No Compromise, No Mercy!”. What’s this new team all about?
Germán Peralta: It’s always nice to draw a Marvel team-up. It gives me the chance to represent several characters I’m a fan of in my own way.
The ones who know me and my work will remember how much I like drawing villains and heroes whose limits between good and bad are blurred.
I can’t say much, but I can assure this, you will have great time reading Strikeforce.
Nrama: Without being too spoiler-y, what’s on your drawing board today?
Peralta: Right now I’m having great fun with a splash page with a lot of characters and things in it, including a cockatoo.
Nrama: We’ve seen the line-up of Strikeforce - Blade, Angela, Spider-Woman, Wiccan, the Winter Soldier, Monica Rambeau, and Daimon Hellstrom. Do you have a favorite to draw among them?
Peralta: I’m having a lot of fun drawing Wiccan. It’s my first time drawing him. Beyond that, I really enjoy what Tini’s done not only with him but with all the characters. It's easy to know what they are feeling when you read their dialogue.
Nrama: And on that note, what can you tell us about the villains and threats you’re drawing in Strikeforce?
Peralta: All I can say is that our heroes will have to watch their own backs all the time, the threat can come from anywhere.
Nrama: How does working on a story that features a darker, potentially more violent team inform the way you approach the story? How do you bring those themes into your style?
Peralta: In fact, I believe these kind of stories are the ones that fit the best with my style: using dark tones, textures with stains, splatters with different kind of materials. I will always prefer the stories where I can have fun staining the page.
Nrama: What’s it like working with an up-and-coming writer like Tini Howard?
Peralta: I always say that I'm very lucky to work with such talented writers. I enjoy working with writers like Tini, who are precise in what they ask and at the same time give the artist freedom to reinterpret the script with the possibility to make changes if it's necessary. She makes me feel really comfortable.
Nrama: What’s your favorite thing you’ve drawn for Strikeforce so far?
Peralta: Can I say two? [Laughs]
I really like to draw this team in action, but also I love to draw their expressions in pages with more dialogue. I’ve drawn several things I didn’t expect to draw. This is a truly diverse team and so are the situations they experience together. One frame we’ll see a brutal scene of action and the next one we’ll find a hilarious situation.
Nrama: Bottom line, what do you have to say to readers about Strikeforce?
Peralta: I hope they enjoy reading it as much as we enjoy doing it.