Giffen pays tongue-in-cheek homage to Captain Carrot
In DC’s March solicitations the cover and description for Giffen's Threshold #3 features a character called "Captain K'Rot." The new character is Keith Giffen's way of paying tongue-in-cheek homage to Captain Carrot, the star of the humor-filled '80s comic Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew.
Giffen claims he's not trying to make Threshold "gritty"... but is instead trying to make the comic more "fun." And that's his goal — how to get comics back to being "fun."
Giffen adds that he's also trying to add "fun" to Legion of Super-Heroes, which he's co-creating with Paul Levitz beginning in March.
Spinning out of next month's Green Lantern: New Guardians Annual #1 and the final issues of DC's canceled Blue Beetle title, Threshold is a new space-based comic Giffen is launching in January with artists Tom Raney and Scott Kolins. It will also have back-up stories by Giffen and Kolins that feature Larfleeze, the Orange Lantern from DC's Green Lantern stories.
“The Hunted”, the main story by Giffen and Raney, will feature Jediah Caul, a new Green Lantern who meets and teams up with several revamped DC characters — including Giffen's version of the Omega Men, Blue Beetle, Space Ranger, Lady Styx, DC's original Starfire, Space Cabbie, Star Hawkins, and dozens of others. And Captain K'Rot. The name is actually pronounced "Kuh-ROT."
Does this mean that the former Captain Carrot and his furry crew don't still exist on another NuDC Earth-26 ? Not necessarily. Giffen is merely introducing what he calls a "new character with a familiar name." Giffen admits he added a little bit of Lobo to K'Rot's design, but he cautions that fans of other Giffen-created characters like Lobo or Rocket Raccoon should not expect the same type of story from Captain K'Rot and his co-stars in Threshold. "Threshold is not Annihilation or Guardians of the Galaxy," Giffen said. "This is a different type of character."
Captain K’Rot first appears in issue #2 with his big moments in issue #3, #4 and #5. Giffen hopes he'll be one of the breakaway characters from Threshold.
Giffen just loves the idea of taking a rabbit, which is this cute little pink-nosed, wonderful furry thing, and just laying a little bit of Lobo over the top of it. Who doesn’t love a psychotic, booze-swilling rabbit ?
And then he and artist Tom Raney decided, oh, yeah, he has to have the artificial leg because he's like Captain Ahab (from Moby Dick). He's hunting down the man who took his foot for luck. So in Threshold we're going to introduce characters and really play around with space in the DCU. Comic books are supposed to be big and loud and bombastic and fun.”
Below check out the cover to Threshold #3, on sale March 13, along with interior art from “The Hunted”.
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