Scott Wherle: Blacklight is just about the polar opposite of Bomb Queen. Somewhat reserved, not entirely confident with herself or her relatively new powers, afraid of heights. She could be the most powerful person on the planet if she weren’t so green.
Jimmie Robinson: Bomb Queen is a super villain who rules as a dictator over New Port City. Her job is to keep the city void of super heroes. It’s not an ordinary town. The citizens are just as bad, if not worse, than Bomb Queen. She’s basically an icon for all that’s “wrong” in her town. The leadership they got is the government they deserve. This reversal of the super hero concept creates an over-the-top satire with Bomb Queen, and likewise makes her a top villain in comics.
Scott: Why not? You’ve got two supremely hot women with absolutely nothing in common other than the town they’re visiting: Las Vegas. It writes itself.
I actually wanted to tone the seriousness of Blacklight down a bit if we’d have made it past the first few issues of her own series. Give the book a more satirical tone. I snuck a little of that into her series, but wanted to go it one further. What you see in this one-shot is kind of where I wanted to go with her.
1st: Do readers have to have any prior understanding of who these characters are to enjoy the comic?<<
Scott: Not really, no. You pick up what these two are all about in the opening pages. Even if you’ve never heard of either character, you’ll be able to follow along pretty easily. Wouldn’t hurt to pick up the Bomb Queen trade in July, or the two issues of Blacklight from last year, though.
1st: The cover is designed to be eye catching, yet is in no way related to the story. How did this come about?<<
Scott: Actually it was Shadowline editor Kris Simon’s idea, which was sparked by a comment Jim Valentino made about covers that pandered. Jim came up with the further aesthetics of it, and we had the complete cover! It certainly speaks to the tone of the story. It’s a cover that doesn’t take itself at all seriously, much like the story itself.
1st: I have been to quite a few comic conventions, but never one next to a gun convention, what is it like when the conventioneers meet in the lobby?<<
Scott: Not sure, as I’ve never been in that situation either. I’d imagine it’d go something like this:
Comic Fan: “Duuuuuude. Nice gun!”
NRA Guy: “Damn right. When the revolution comes, I’ll be ready.”
Comic Fan: “Uh, what?”
NRA Guy: *sniff* “That you what smells like mothballs?”
Or a reasonable facsimile thereof. I could be wrong.
1st: Aside from the convention that gets Bomb Queen and Blacklight together, what is this comic about?<<
Scott: It’s a complex allegory about the clashing of societal classes in a city known for its extremes of excess. Or a punch-‘em-up between two hot chicks in Vegas. You decide.
1st: What is next for each of these characters after the special?<<
Scott: As far as Blacklight, well, that’s up to readers. If enough people demand it, I’m sure Jim V. wouldn’t hesitate to get another series with her cranking. I’ve got a killer idea for another mini that I plotted with Blacklight in mind. Thought about reworking it to use on another book, because it’s such a sweet idea, but it just works so perfectly with her character. Until readers demand it, though, and Jim V. gives me the call, it gets stashed in the Vault of Awesome Ideas for a rainy day.
Jimmie: First, Bomb Queen will show up in stores in July with the Trade paperback collecting issues #1 – 4, plus 40 extra pages. Then we’ll see the crossover with Blacklight in August. Then we’ll see another Bomb Queen mini-series in October that will run to the end of the year. Sadly, I won’t be at any conventions until next year.