Writer’s Commentary: Co-Writer Fred Van Lente On ‘DIE!namite’ #2 From Dynamite Comics

by Olly MacNamee

[Potential Spoilers: So maybe you want to go buy and read DIE!namite #2,then head back here for the commentary!]

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I’m shocked how much I like writing Vampirella. Look-wise, she reminds me of Hammer scream queen Ingrid Pitt, and her voice is a young Diana Rigg with the acid wit of Maggie Smith from Downton Abbey. But with fangs. You hear that too, right?

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Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt, is one of a long line of White-Guy-Goes-to-Monastery-Gets-Powers heroes, which comprise Iron Fist, The Shadow, Dr. Strange, Green Lama, Archer (of Archer & Armstrong), and more. But the great thing about the original Thunderbolt comics is it looked like the creator, Pete Morisi, actually knew something about martial arts and Zen Buddhism, so it’s more respectful than most. 

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Cannon’s pal Tabu is the one urging him to become a superhero in the original series, and I decided to go a little different path with him here. Who is that he keeps talking to on the phone?! Is it a throwaway gag or an important file-this-away-for-that-later?Keep reading and find out DIE!namite Die-Hards!

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I love Tarpé and her creation, Miss Fury. If you get the IDW collections of her old Sunday strip, you will fall in love with them too, because they are completely bananas. The prototype of all cat-like heroes, Marla could kick Selina Kyle AND Felicia Hardy’s asses with all cat-o-nine tails tied behind her back.

AND she’s seventy-five years old! I will die on this hill, Internet!

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DIE!namite #2 is out now from Dynamite.

Olly MacNamee

A unashamed DC Comics fan and sometime teacher for over 20 years! I got lucky and found the escape hatch. Now, I just read and write about comics all day long. Co-host of the ICE-Cast podcast and one third of the brains behind Birmingham's street art and graffiti festival High Vis Fest.

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