It was announced earlier today that Jeff Lemire will be writing JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK. Well, Jeff is super talented, but writing four ongoing series is a tough gig, so he'll be leaving FRANKENSTEIN: AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E. and taking over for him is one of his favorite collaborators, Matt Kindt.
If you're not familiar with Kindt's work, you should be. Kindt's an incredible writer and painter who has worked with Lemire on his ongoing Vertigo series SWEET TOOTH, produced the Vertigo original graphic novel REVOLVER and the Top Shelf original graphic novels Super Spy, 3 Story, and Pistolwhip.
Kindt and Lemire most recently collaborated on the final issue of MEN OF WAR (on sale April 4) which features Frankenstein during World War II. In a recent blog post, the two discussed their collaboration and Lemire revealed that "Matt has been a secret contributor to the series since it launched in September" making him the ideal candidate to take over as writer of FRANKENSTEIN: Agent of S.H.A.D.E.
This marks Kindt's debut as an ongoing series writer. Here's what he had to say about this exciting news:
"I'm so excited to be writing Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E.! I've been good friends with Jeff Lemire since we both broke into comics years ago and I remember spending the weekend at his studio and kicking his ideas around for his take on Frank and Crew and just having a blast. Lemire was having so much fun putting these characters into action...and I think that fun really comes through.
And then getting the invite to officially work with him on Men of War...AND getting to put G.I. Robot into the story? – that's the kind of work that I would daydream about when I was a kid getting my comics from the grocery store spinner-rack. So now, getting my hands on a monthly book is just crazy.
I've had a pretty fortunate career to date by breaking into comics with my own original graphic novels. All I've known is creator-owned stuff. I've been spoiled – writing and drawing my own books. So in a lot of ways I feel like I'm the mirror image of a lot of writers that get the work-for-hire stuff straight away and then work to make the leap to creator-owned work. So for me, this is just a great big treat. Getting to work on characters that have been around forever and have a kind of cultural history already. It's just plain fun. I feel like I'm collaborating with everyone that's ever touched these characters before, from Grant Morrison to Bob Haney and Arnold Drake.
And working in the DC universe is liberating in a lot of ways. I'm getting a chance to hit more directly on a lot of genre stuff I haven't gotten to yet – science fiction and horror with all of my past espionage experience mixed into it. It's a crazy mix. I have to say that writing the scripts for Frankenstein has seriously been some of the most entertaining hours of my writing career.
Taking over for Jeff is just the added bonus – knowing where he was going with the series from the beginning and talking about these great characters he's rebooted has been fantastic. And it's going to be fun to surprise him (and the readers) with where it ends up going. There's Frank and his relationship with so-and-so (can't spoil it), the Mummy and his crazy origin. And we're going to get to see a lot more of S.H.A.D.E. and see how the agency works around the globe and visit a lot of crazy field offices. What is life as a S.H.A.D.E. agent really like? It's basically Steranko meets Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy, with some of the best spy-gadgets ever invented.
I was working on the Robot Man story for My Greatest Adventure and digging through my old Doom Patrol comics and I found this old issue of Secret Origins: Doom Patrol. In the middle of that issue was this fantastic essay about what the Doom Patrol was and what they represented. This is the comic that sold me on Doom Patrol and was my gateway to DC. So I'm sitting at a coffee shop re-reading this Secret Origins comic (that I'd picked up at the grocery store) and I realize it's written by Joey Cavalieri – who's now my editor on My Greatest Adventure and now Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. and it makes all of this seem right. Full circle and secret origin!"
Pick up issue #10 by Matt Kindt in June.
Source: DC Comis - The Source
Written or Contributed by: Tom K