In recent issues of Spawn, the detective duo that were once in the hands of now-Marvel-giant Brian Bendis have returned to the scene to investigate several crimes – and earlier this summer, they had their own biweekly miniseries profiling a case of their own. In the four-issue series Sam & Twitch: The Writer, the pair are after a serial killer in the dead of winter who likes to leave his victims with pieces of a story scrawled on their flesh. Although their original series was plagued by delays, this recent biweekly miniseries came out so quickly that some people may've missed it.
It's Day 2 of Spawn Week here at Newsarama, and in the interview chair today is the writer of this recent miniseries, Luca Blengino. Although a new name to American audiences, he and artist Luca Erbetta have done considerable work in Europe. Newsarama sat down with Blengino to talk more about the series.
Newsarama: Sam & Twitch haven’t been on comic shelves for some time – and then this four-issue series hits weekly, with the collected edition coming out in October. What can you tell us about this series, Sam & Twitch: The Writer?
Luca Blengino: I can say that to be the one who is telling the story of the return of Sam & Twitch is an honor and a great privilege. I hope I’ve lived up to this hard task. It’s been real fun working on this story. I hope it will be the same for all the readers.
Nrama: What more can you tell us about this serial killer, the Writer?
Blengino: It’s someone I would never want to meet in real life. In some ways, he’s someone who embodies the final obsession that can be driven by the extreme desire of telling stories. The question I ask is, “How far can a writer go, just to be able to show his story to the largest number of people?”
Nrama: Sam & Twitch are a classic detective duo – not like CSI or anything like that. How would you describe the pair?
Blengino: They are two characters we might, but should not, undervalue. At first sight, they appear like two “clowns”, a duo that’s there to bring a little irony in the dark universe of Spawn. But that consideration would be a mistake. I did a real accurate study on the fantastic work done by the writers who came before me. And I noticed how Sam & Twitch are, first of all, two characters with an extreme humanity.
Nrama: For this you introduced a new character named Charlotte Garland, who is a graphologist. Can you tell us about her and her field?
Blengino: In this story, the villain is a writer. I thought it would be interesting to have the writer oppose a reader--someone who has the talent of understanding the people’s soul just looking at the way they write. That’s what the science called “graphology” does. I’ve done quite a lot of research to be able to make the character of Charlotte real. And I’ve discovered that sometimes, someone’s destiny really depends on the interpretation of a bunch of handwritten words on a piece of paper…
Nrama: Sam & Twitch are closely tied to Spawn, which has its share of supernatural elements. Was any of that in this miniseries?
Blengino: No. We preferred to avoid all the supernatural aspects. However, I think the bizarre, sinister and disquieting atmospheres of the story are really close to the ones fans have known through the pages of Spawn.
Nrama: This is the first time I’ve seen you do American work if I’m not mistaken, Luca. How’d this project come about?
Blengino: It’s all by the merit of Thierry Mornet, current Editor in Chief of Delcourt Comics and my first editor in France. Without him I probably wouldn’t ever be able to start my career in comics. He is the one who first suggested I think about a Sam & Twitch story, and the one who showed the project to Todd McFarlane.
Nrama: Did you get a chance to talk with Todd about this story?
Blengino: I have to thank Todd McFarlane, who had the courage to leave his two detectives in the hands of a couple of unknown guys. I have to thank Brian Haberlin, Tyler Jeffers and Ben Timmreck, the editors who worked on the project. And finally, I have to thank Luca Erbetta. He didn’t just illustrate the story in a magnificent way, but he took also care of the whole project, in every aspect.
Nrama: Do you have plans to do more American work, or have more of your Italian work translated for America in the future?
Blengino: I hope I understood the mechanisms of US storytelling, which are quite different from the ones I’m used to. Nowadays, it’s quite common to find excellent European artists who are working with great success in the US comics market. On the other hand, it’s rare that an American publisher decides to let a European writer (except for the British, of course) work on a comic script. Just having this chance to write for an American publisher, I feel honored.
Did you catch The Writer? What did you think?