David Walker, writer of Shaft: Imitation of Life #2, talks with writer Frank Barbiere about The Precinct #4, both on sale March 9 from Dynamite. Cover is by Sergio Davila and Ivan Nunes. Interiors by Crizam Cristhian Zamora and Dinei Ribeiro.
FRANK BARBIERE: I have a hard time listening to any music with lyrics, so I tend to listen to either instrumental bands or soundtracks while writing. I tried to get some good, fantasy soundtracks—particularly soundtracks to the old Final Fantasy videogames, as that’s a tone and feel I’ve been trying to incorporate.
FB: I really enjoy the scene with Mort fighting the two steampunk “monsters.” It’s a fun action scene, and I was able to get in some of Mort’s history and what drives him. I like to find organic places to work in character, rather than having to worry about flashbacks explaining why someone is “tough.” It was nice to do it in the moment, and gradually throughout the series.
FB: I’d cop out and say I’m a little bit of both. I have my moments where I can be headstrong and bold, but also try to come at things from a calculated angle. I’m not much of a brawler (I’ve never even been in a real fight), so I’d probably lean more towards Jo. I do like to think that Mort does also represent a bit of “open mindedness” as well, and that part I really identify with.
FB: I’ve really enjoyed setting up the characters and the world, so I’d love to return to it if possible! It’s definitely outside my normal genre wheelhouse, and it’s been exciting to create as well as watch unfold.