NYCC 2012 Interview: Andy Diggle Joins Dynamite’s Crime Line

If you thought Dynamite’s crime line was done with its big announcements at New York Comic Con, you were wrong: after Garth Ennis’ “Red Team,” the next big title will be from none other than Andy Diggle:

MTV Geek: Andy, what brings you to Dynamite, and helping launch Dynamite’s new crime line?

Andy Diggle: Every time I run into Nick Barrucci at a con we talk about me maybe doing something with Dynamite, and it’s always been a question of finding the right project. When he mentioned they were putting together a line of gritty crime books, I jumped at the chance. It’s not every day you get the opportunity to build something new from the ground up like this – a smart, hard-hitting crime book for grownups. The kind of book I want to read myself. It’s a perfect fit for me.

Geek: This is a general question, but it feels a bit like crime comics are “back!” Why are they so popular right now?

AD: Crime has always been a popular genre in other media – just walk into any bookstore or check out what’s popular on TV. So it makes sense that comics should cater for the tastes of the wider public, not just superhero fans. There’s room for everyone! Writers like Brian Azzarello, Ed Brubaker and Jason Aaron have really kicked the doors open for crime comics over the past few years, and I’m glad to say the readership continues to grow.

Geek: What – if anything – can you tell us about your book? I know you’re being mysterious about it, but any teases would be great, he said hopefully…

AD: I can tell you that it isn’t going to be “classic” noir. It’s noir with a twist. I’m a big fan of William Gibson, and I’m interested in the way those early 80s cyberpunk writers took the conventions of crime fiction and ran them through a sci-fi filter to create something we’d never seen before. Nowadays you’re seeing writers blend crime with more fantastical elements – Ed Brubaker’s FATALE and INCOGNITO spring to mind. That kind of genre-mashing appeals to me.

Geek: Will there be any coordination between your book and Garth’s?

AD: Nope. We’re each doing our own thing. But as I say, Garth and I have similar sensibilities, so if you like one you’ll probably like the other.

Geek: What’s the tone of this book? What can fans of crime fiction expect here?

AD: In terms of tone and structure, it’s very noir. Lowlifes and misfits fucking each other over. Sex. Murder. Betrayal. All the good stuff. Readers who enjoyed my work on RAT CATCHER, SIX GUNS and THE LOSERS should enjoy this.

Geek: Your work has always had a more action bent to it, rather than just moody detectives smoking in a corner… Is that something we can expect here?

AD: There will be action, but there’s more of an emphasis on mystery and character. There aren’t really any heroes in this story – just anti-heroes, crooks, professional thieves, and outright scumbags. Kind of THE USUAL SUSPECTS vibe. Rats in a maze. The forces set against them are vast, shadowy and ambiguous, not up-front and in your face. So while there will be moments of action, bursts of violence, this isn’t an “exploding helicopters” kind of book.

Andy Diggle’s mysterious new comic launches soon from Dynamite Comics.