Writer’s Commentary – Ryan Browne Talks Project Superpowers: Hero Killers #1

Dynamite has fired up a new Project Superpowers series called Hero Killers, and we have a writer’s commentary on the issue by Ryan Browne. Art by Pete Woods.

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The first page starts with our wonderful editor Matt Idleson weighing in for the first time! Fun fact: I wrote everything Idleson says, so this book starts on the right foot — with a big ol’ lie! Trust nothing!herokillers011

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The dialogue on this page was written after Pete drew what he was going to draw. The panel description was, “Draw this as well as you can so you can sell the original for all the money!” But I think Pete draws digitally, so that didn’t really work out.herokillers012 herokillers013

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Gotta get all the exposition out of the way in one complicated two-page spread so we never have to talk about it again. Pete did a fantastic job organizing all this information.herokillers014 herokillers015

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Again, I let Pete determine the action on these pages and wrote the dialog and SFX afterwards. The note was that there are wayyyy too many heroes, and one of the robots gets away. As an artist, I always prefer when writers let me pace the action myself. It’s quicker and usually tells the story in a smoother fashion.

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I love that Pete designed the bootleg bots to have faces that look like the cars they drive. I also love the idea of them driving cars, even though they have their own wheels. The final panel was described as a Monty Python-style God foot crush.

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Love The Boy King. Look for more Boy King fun in future issues!

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If we have more time, I’d love to get into why The Death Defying Devil was in prison.

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I described the Skull Teleportation as being “Skull-shaped”, but it was Pete’s genius that made their heads the eyes to the skull. Genius!

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SKULL HOUSE! I love the idea of a homemade superhero lair. Trying to reinforce that the intense crime-stopping competition is really making it hard to stay afloat financially.

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The bone in the vomit makes me very upset. Great work, Pete!

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This is the first instance of Tim’s dark interior. Love the way Pete hits it hard in that fourth panel. So intense!

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That sub is so dope! Maybe we will have to see it again down the line. I tried to set up the differences in the characters during this two-page scene. That was an important thing for me to start to establish early, since sidekicks tend to be so wholesome and generic.

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Dr. Baron is so wonderfully gross and old, and that robot is great! Such a stupid little trashcan man! I really like the palette shift for this final scene.

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Hero time! The greatest moment of their lives is now. It’ll never get any better than this. Trust me.

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See? Stuff just got rough. I love drunk Black Terror.

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Pete’s acting here is fantastic. He nailed all the expressions so perfectly. Sly readers will notice the death ray at Tim’s feet. Wonder what he’ll do with that…

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HOLY HELL!

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The final panel of this page is my favorite of the issue. Tim’s body language has changed so perfectly.

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So good! Tim’s a monster! Wonder where it will go from here? Are Tim ‘n’ gang going to be okay? Probably not, but let’s just wait and see!herokillers01covawoods-1

About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.

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