With the Red Sonja / Conan series going strong, Byron Brewer sat down with writer Victor Gischler talks about how things will wrap up for the Dynamite / Dark Horse series. Cover Art by Ed Benes.
BYRON BREWER: Victor, in November this exciting re-teaming of iconic barbarian favorites will reach its climax. Did you tell the story you intended to tell, or did the characters take over – as they often do – and take it in another direction?
VICTOR GISCHLER: I always know the characters will have something to say along the way, so I sort of include a little wiggle room into my thinking, but for the most part, the story went where I wanted it to go. My aim was to start simply and then let things build. I think I came pretty close to the target I was aiming for.
BB: How would you size up the wizard Kal’Ang as a big-bad. Pretty awesome?
VG: No. Not really awesome at all. He’s specialty of herbal magic in combination with the blood root causes Sonja and Conan a bad time but ultimately the big problem is … oops … no spoilers.
BB: I know that in the November issue finale, a rather unexpected foe awaits Conan and Red Sonja. Can you give us any hints toward the ID at all?
VG: Ah, see this is sort of a continuation of the question above. It’s probably too much of a giveaway to say something about “unfinished business” but … UNFINISHED BUSINESS.
BB: Was there a character in this great opus whose voice was harder to find?
VG: Not really. I took a slight liberty letting Conan do a bit more than grunt, but nothing overboard. These are strong characters, and they really assert themselves.
BB: How has it been working with artist Roberto Castro?
VG: Readers seem to definitely enjoy his work, so I think he was a good pick for the book. He knows how to put you in that world in a very vivid way.
BB: Besides Conan and the She-Devil with a Sword, is there any character in your mini you would like to see receive a solo shot?
VG: Not really. As I suggested before, Conan and Red Sonja are the kind of characters that demand your attention. Supporting cast is just that. Supporting cast. They live (or die) in service of Conan and Sonja’s story.
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