Chris Roberson is an overnight success... Which means, like most overnight successes, it took years of hard work. Still, the veteran SciFi writer seems to have popped out of nowhere, writing multiple comics over the past year, including BOOM’s new Starborn series working with Stan Lee, taking over the reigns on Superman, and getting Bill Willingham to let him write Fables solo.
With three new comics out this past Wednesday, we checked in with Roberson on how success feels, why his alien soap opera is true to life, and what’s coming up in all of his books:
Geek: Catch us up to speed on Starborn… What’s happened up to, and including issue #3?
Chris Roberson: Starborn is the story of Benjamin Warner, a guy with a mind-numbing day job who dreams of being a successful science fiction novelist. But when aliens from his stories show up in the real world things get a little confusing, even more so when the aliens turn out to be gunning for him. Benjamin is saved at the last minute by the timely arrival of the girl of his dreams, his childhood next door neighbor, who is revealed to be an alien shapeshifter. By the third issue, Benjamin and his shapeshifting protector are on the run, trying to get off the planet Earth before any of the alien hunters catch up with them.
Oh, and things explode a lot.
Geek: This last issue, you introduced what I’m for the moment going to call “The Power Glove.” What makes this different from, say, The Witchblade, or… The Power Glove?
CR: There’s a whole science-fictional rationale behind the Gauntlet, which we’ll be getting into as the story unfolds. But before it’s use as a weapon, the Gauntlet itself is a pretty powerful symbol in the alien civilization to which Benjamin is fleeing—but it isn’t a symbol that anyone, alien or human, is happy to see. Read More...