Talking Comics with Tim: Mark Waid
Next Wednesday, December 16, BOOM! is launching a brand new series, Incorruptible–written by BOOM! Editor-in-Chief Mark Waid and drawn by Jean Diaz. As described at the BOOM! site: “Last April BOOM! Studios showed the world that MARK WAID IS EVIL with the smash-hit series IRREDEEMABLE. This December, BOOM! shows the world that Mark Waid is now… INCORRUPTIBLE! Super villain Max Damage had an epiphany the day The Plutonian destroyed Sky City. When The Plutonian turned his back on humanity, Max Damage decided to step up. Now Max Damage has changed his name to Max Daring and turned from his formerly selfish ways to become… INCORRUPTIBLE.” So Waid has gone from IRREDEEMABLE to INCORRUPTIBLE–meanwhile the whole time he has also been BUSY, but not too busy to answer a few questions about the new series.
Tim O’Shea: Did anyone in BOOM! management (yourself included) try to talk you out of naming Max Daring’s female underage sidekick, Jailbait?
Mark Waid: Thankfully, no. They know a good idea when they hear it. I like the name because it pretty well instantly conveys what kind of a lowlife the pre-reform Max was.
O’Shea: A guy going from evil to good, in terms of character dynamics you can’t just flip a switch and become a permanent do-gooder. Will his struggle to do right rather than wrong be a frequent theme in the stories?
Waid: Max is a little more resolute than that, and VERY taciturn, so it’s not so much a constant “The Temptation of Max Daring” going on (or if it is, he’s not telling us). Yes, he will be tempted to stray from the heroic path, but the recurring theme is more about how hard it is to live a black-and-white life in a world full of grays.
O’Shea: Did the idea to do INCORRUPTIBLE come along the same time you conceived IRREDEEMABLE, or did it occur later?
Waid: Much later, but make no mistake, it’s not an afterthought; it’s just a way to explore some themes I can’t in IRREDEEMABLE. Plus, it allows for a little more humor.
O’Shea: How much will he have to spend time convincing civilians in need of help that he wants to help, not hurt them?
Waid: It’s an ongoing series and it’s going to be an ongoing problem. It’s a slow process, not helped by the fact that Max really doesn’t care WHAT people think of him.
O’Shea: Do readers learn fairly quickly what made Max trend toward criminal activities in the first place?
Waid: Actually, no–not until we get past the first arc. But we will be delving into Max’s criminal past, trust me.