During last year’s New York Comic Con, we had the great pleasure to speak to fan favorite comic book writer Kieron Gillen. We had an excellent conversation about ‘Young Avengers’, ‘Iron Man’, and how former ‘Doctor Who’ companion Karen Gillan has ruined his life. But at this year’s con, we were fortunate enough to get even more time with the fast-talking and charming indie darling turned mainstream mega-power to discuss a few of his upcoming projects.
Appearing alongside his ‘The Wicked + The Divine’ collaborators Jamie McKelvie and Matt Wilson, Gillen spent the majority of his weekend meeting and greeting fans at Artist Alley in between his busy panel schedule. But luckily we were able to whisk him away for a few moments to get the low down on a couple of his most anticipated projects. First, since his last run in Asgard was so well received, I had to inquire about his next trip there with ‘Angela: Asgard’s Assassin’. Spinning out of the pages of ‘Original Sin’, this series from co-writers Gillen & Marguerite Bennett and artists Phil Jimenez & Stephanie Hans will tell the tale of the Marvel Comics newcomer that was recently revealed to be Thor and Loki’s long-lost sister that was taken to the banished Tenth Realm of Heven by Odin’s enemies. In this first video, he goes into a few details about that book that involve further integrating Angela into Marvel’s mythology while establishing this scantily clad redhead as a figure to be feared:
After the Angela talk, we moved on to the series that Gillen left ‘Iron Man’ to write: ‘Star Wars: Darth Vader’. Following the January 2015 release of Jason Aaron and John Cassaday’s ‘Star Wars’ #1, we’ll see the writer team with Salvador Larroca and Adi Granov in February 2015 to tackle one of the most iconic villains in all of pop culture. Part two of our interview goes into the themes of the book, keeping Vader dark, and potential ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ involvement:
As you can see, we had a great time talking with Gillen again and we probably could have kept going for even longer, especially since we didn’t even really touch on his current books out right now. But at least we’ll have something to talk about next time. Until then, which of his upcoming books are you most excited to pick up? Do you think that he’ll have another Asgardian hit with ‘Angela: Asgard’s Assassin’? Will he be able to harness his uncanny ability for writing villains for ‘Star Wars: Darth Vader’? Share your thoughts in the comments below.