In October, DC Comics will be augmenting their massive 'Forever Evil' crossover event with three separate limited series that will tie into the main storyline, while highlighting characters that deserve more time in the spotlight. MTV Geek got the opportunity to speak with the writers of all three series about their plans, and are proud to present EXCLUSIVE first looks at the cover art and solicitation info for the premiere issues!
Our talk with Matt Kindt about his work on the "Forever Evil: A.R.G.U.S." series follows, and once you finish reading, check out our interviews with Peter J. Tomasi about "Forever Evil: Arkham War" and Brian Buccellato about "Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion."
MTV Geek: How closely is this series connected to the main event, and the other two limited series? Do the events within happen concurrently with the main Forever Evil series? And does it tie in to the ongoing JLA series as well?
Matt Kindt: It's tied in closely but it's a parallel story. It's going to establish exactly who/what/how ARGUS is and really show I awesome it is. I've really been able to take it and run -- building it into something that's going to be a lot of fun and explore how regular people try to deal with super powered villains running around all over the place. Of course...they're not really "regular" -- they're highly trained super-agents.
Geek: Tell us a bit about the cast of this series - what is A.R.G.U.S.? And who are the central characters we should be familiar with?
Kindt: Steve Trevor is really going to be the heart of the series. He's got a great supporting cast thought that I don't really want to spoil because it will ruin some of the plot points. But we're finally going to get to see Steve in some real action and really see what makes him tick as a character. It's super-interesting to me to explore this guy who's had Wonder Woman for a girlfriend. What's life like after you break up with someone like that? Is it possible to have a normal relationship with anyone else after? And does he want to? And oh yeah...the villains are taking over the world...there's that to deal with too.
Geek: Tell us about how you ended up working on this book – did you see a story idea in this event and pitch it, or are you following a specific editorial master plan and giving it your own spin?
Kindt: I was approached and they asked me if I'd be interested in doing an ARGUS series. I had a conversation with editor Brian Cunningham about it and I wasn't sure if I'd have time to do it...so I thought about it for a day and got to thinking about what could be done with the series and called him back and agreed to it. Super heroes and super spies put together? Honestly I would have been sick and super jealous if anyone else had gotten to do it. I can't believe I had to think about it (in hindsight.)
Geek: You're well known for your independent titles, heady mystery-espoionage-spy stories. Is this series going to give us some of that flavor in the context of the DCU? Or is it something completely different?
Kindt: Yep. I think that's why they asked me to do it -- and I'm more than happy to oblige. And honestly, I'm super-excited about it. I do a certain kind of thing with my creator owned stuff but I don't get to play around with boom tubes, super-suits, and crazy super villains...so it's going to be fun for me to see how my style works with all of that.
Geek: After this, do you have more plans for DC titles? Anything else we should be looking forward to?
Kindt: Oh yeah! But I'll let DC announce it when they're ready...
FOREVER EVIL: A.R.G.U.S. #1
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by MANUEL GARCIA
Cover by BRETT BOOTH and MARK IRWIN
1:25 B&W Variant cover by BRETT BOOTH and MARK IRWIN
On sale OCTOBER 23 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 6, $2.99 US • RATED T
The villains have killed the Justice League and decimated A.R.G.U.S.’s headquarters. Only Steve Trevor and the surviving A.R.G.U.S. agents can pick up the pieces and save the civilian populace from unthinkable evil!