The following interview by the legandary scribe Larry Hamma. LARRY HAMA G.I. JOE Q&A
The scribe for the new IDW relaunch of America’s realest heroes dishes on the new series
By Matt Powell
Comicdom’s soldier-of-fortune Larry Hama has been enlisted to helm the cult war comic G.I. Joe fresh on the slate from IDW. With countless hours of Joe scripts under his belt, Hama’s way beyond basic training to ground the Joes in their new re-launch. A #0 issue of the series will bow this October with an ongoing to begin next January. With series art by Robert Atkins, you can expect the Joes to look good while skinning Cobra hide.
Recently Wizard caught up with the veteran scribe to get the lowdown on his new tour of duty with the Joe team.
WIZARD: Larry, how does it feel to revisit the characters from G.I. Joe?
HAMA: It feels great to be back in the saddle with characters I care about and with an amazing amount of free rein!
Wizard:Before you got back on the title—given your long history with the characters—did you ever find yourself frequently coming up with new ideas for the series in your spare time or in between other projects with hopes of revisiting the team?
HAMA: I don’t really think in terms of plot. Never have. I think that when the companies have to rely on “events” to sell their books, they are admitting bankruptcy of their characters. It should all be character driven. That’s the sort of thing that pops into my head when I am doing something else—”Oh, how would Snake-Eyes react to that?”