Mitch Shelly is back from the dead. And every time he is resurrected, he acquires a new skill set of powers. But it won’t be long until people start to notice and attempt to stop him from rising again. RESURRECTION MAN is written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, features art by Fernando Dagnino, and is colored by Santiago Arcas.
Can’t wait until September 14th to learn more about the book? Don’t worry. We spoke with much of the creative team about what we can expect from the series come this fall. Check out what they had to say.
THE SOURCE: What about DC's new 52 titles excites you the most?
DAN ABNETT: The balance between re-invention and familiarity.
FERNANDO DAGNINO: Being involved in the new DC Universe is definitely very exciting by itself. I consider the wider scope of themes, genres and characters featured in these 52 new titles to be key to attracting more readers.
SANTIAGO ARCAS: I'm attracted to the JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK concept. I hope it becomes a long-lived series.
How and why are you shaking up the series' status quo?
DA: We’re streamlining and making it faster paced. Basically, we’re keeping the mood and the very cool elements of Resurrection Man, but we’ve got a bigger budget to play with.
FD: Well, having Resurrection Man back from the grave is no big deal … but putting him back into business will surely be.
What new characters will debut in the series?
DA: Oh, there’s a really cool one in particular, but I refuse to give it away.
Will we see new character designs?
DA: Yes. Oh, yes.
FD: Sure, our goal is to give this series a new stylistic ride without losing Jackson Guice’s outstanding artistic depiction of the original books. But we’re setting the characters and locations in a more contemporary style.
SA: Oh yes, you certainly will.
What's the first line of dialogue in the first issue?
DA: “Coming back this time tastes of metal.”
What's the biggest surprise you've had working on this character/book?
DA: How much more pro-active Resurrection Man can be without actually putting on a costume and becoming a cape.
FD: I was not acquainted with the original series before and getting to know the book’s first run was a very pleasant surprise. But what I really liked was that the wide range of stories that unfolded in the series involve weird science fiction, magical entities, superhero action, ironic humour, police investigations and a whole set of supporting everyday characters that tell the story and contribute to depict a unique atmosphere.
SA: Fernando Dagnino's extraordinary work. I had never seen him using this style … and WOW!
What secret has been the hardest to keep?
DA: The one I’m not telling you.
SA: I'm good at keeping secrets.
What’s the unofficial tagline for this series, in your own words?
DA: He’s back. For the first time.
FD: Resurrecting Kills!
SA: A corpse who reinvents him/itself.
What were your thoughts about the day-and-date digital announcement?
DA: It’s an amazing idea and I hope it delivers everything it promises.
FD: I better start working!
SA: I hope people get used to paying to download comic books. I think trades could become the basis of the business and I hope digital makes people buy the hardcovers and trades after reading the monthlies in digital format.