Thursday, July 16, 2009

Interview with Yours Truly on "The Hangman"

I drop some tidbits of information regarding the forthcoming DC Comics series "The Hangman," which will be appearing in issues of "The Web" beginning in September in this interview conducted by Rik Offenberger for Newsarama. You can find links to interviews with the other creators involved in the new Red Circle titles at DC, including "The Hangman" artist, Tom Derenick .


Bubbashelby said...

Wow this sounds awesome! I will be picking it up for sure.

Dahut_la_Blanca said...

The premise you state in Newsrama, John, sounds cool, specially the part when you mention he's a modern take on an old-fashioned character such as Hal Jordan and Barry Allen were on Alan Scott and Jay Garrick. I hope you explore a rich undiscovered corner of the DCU while meeting old friends such as the Spectre, Zatara and Zatanna, Dr. Occult, Etrigan and who knows? -maybe even Kameko!

John Rozum said...

I'll probably get to some of those characters over time, but am not rushing things. There will be a brief DC cameo in the second issue.

I recently reread all of the XOMBI issues to prep for his BRAVE AND THE BOLD appearance next month, and thought it would be really fun to revisit that character. I don't think the HANGMAN is going to be the way to do it though. Of course, in XOMBI, it says something like she and David won't meet again for another 80 years, so if that ever got going again, it would make a reappearance there pretty unlikely as well.

Dahut_la_Blanca said...

As long as you give us a bizarre, shocking and kaleidoscopic tour through the Shadow Worlds it's okay John

wyrmphreak said...

Hi John,

I read the first installment of the Hangman, and I have to say it hooked me right away. I know nothing of the original so I'm not sure what is solely yours and what is influenced by what came before, but he sounds fascinating. I can't wait to read more, and I hope there's a ton of it.

It's an interesting concept....a superhero who offers the chance to change but then follows through on the threat of death. I love the fact that he lived so long ago and was hanged himself, as well as the supernatural aspects. I particularly enjoyed the fact that Dickering is "burned clean" every time he transforms back from the Hangman. It's like he's being redeemed over and over again, but also has to suffer for it each and every time. Truly gripping!

Thanks for the story,


Dahut_la_Blanca said...

Cool coment wyrmphreak! You certainly caught the essence of the character in your little tibdits and puns about 'burning' and 'being hanged'. If anything they're clever metafictional bookmarks of what John is trying here. Speaking of which Mr.Rozum, I'm sort of a follower of quality supernatural anime (there is a world beyond Go Nagai's perversions and hentai), is there any chance the Hangman meets DC's version of the Shinigamis?