Ahead of the Nov. 27 release of Oldboy, Spike Lee’s remake of Park Chan-wook’s South Korean revenge thriller — itself an adaptation if the manga by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi — IGN.com came full circle this week (sort of) with the debut of an official digital comic prequel.
Created by Jason Badower and Rich Silverman, the three-part The Devil’s Eyes delves into the backstory of Chaney, the warden of the private hotel played in the remake by Samuel L. Jackson. New installments will be released over the next two Tuesdays.
Today marks the release of the second issue in writer Jen Van Meter and artist Javier Pulido’s four-issue Amazing Spider-Man Presents: Black Cat miniseries. I recently had occasion to email interview Van Meter about the project, the overall collaboration experience and transitions, as well as near-term Hopeless Savages (Oni) plans (plus heist genre recommendations and covert gardening tips). After you read the interview, please be sure to check out the seven-page preview that CBR posted last week.
Tim O’Shea: In prepping for this miniseries, did you go back and read past Black Cat appearances for background? Are there any writers in particular whose approach to the character appealed to you more than others?
Jen Van Meter: I spent the most time with the early Marv Wolfman material, honestly. I like to go back to the beginning whenever I’m asked to take on a character I don’t feel I know well. The things I loved about her, particularly in Amazing Spider-Man 195, were her fierce determination and her strength — the Femme Fatale stuff is there, but it’s really overshadowed by her toughness in his treatment of her. I looked at or revisited many other appearances and caught up on the most recent stuff, but I think I really relied on Wolfman the most to tell me who she is.