Todd Nauck -
Geoff Johns -
Augustyn - 1998
Todd Dezago -
Sciver - 1998
Chuck Dixon -
|This interview was conducted via email with
Brian Augustyn. I've had the pleasure, of interviewing Brian, earlier
this year, before I closed the Justice League Headquarters. I am
personally a big fan of Brian''s work concerning the the different JLA
related objects and also his awesome work on the Flash. Thanks again.
Craig: As you are one of the main, if not one of the best
writers on the Flash team, who's idea was it, to come up with the
character Impulse? Also, what basis what the character created for?
Brian:First off, I'm interested to note that you classify me as A
writer, but not the BEST writer. Sure Waid is one of the best writers in
the business, and my best pal...still! I mean, I have little ego to
offend, but if you're asking for my cooperation on this interview, a
little butter goes a long way.
As to the question of Impulse's creation; my memory is that Mark created
the character, with input from me as then-editor of Flash. We'd wanted
to do a new take on a kid-flash character for a long time, and Bart is
what we came up with. We had a blast doing the series, trying to do
Impulse more as a situation-comedy than a standard super-hero title. I
think the first six issues were actually something new and excitingly
different, and what followed was damn good too.
Craig: Is the Flash writing team, happy with the way the
character is being portrayed now? As it was compared to how Impulse was
originally supposed to be wrote?
Brian:For the most part, sure we are. Bill Loebs has done a
pretty good job getting a handle on Impulse and friends, and his issues
have often been hilarious. Todd Dezago did a very accurate job with Bart
in World Without Grownups, the set-up for Young Justice. I've heard
he'll be taking over Impulse soon, and that would be good news. In guest
appearances, Christopher Priest, Tom Peyer and Karl Kesel have always
gotten Bart right, but Impulse's appearances in "Titans," and
"Sovereign Seven" were like alternate-earth versions of
Impulse they were so far off base.
In your question above, that would be "supposed to be
written," by the way.
Craig: What is your personal opinion of the way, Peter David
is writing Impulse? Your opinions on the Young Justice book?
Brian:I'm told that YJ is a very nicely colored book.
Craig: Laying off the Impulse questions at the moment, lets go
to JLA Year One. As the story and maxi-series ends, what thoughts are
you left with as the story ends? Feel different now about any character?
If so, how, and why?
Brian:We had a great time, and spent a year with a lot of
wonderful old friends. JLA:YO was a great deal of fun and it was
exciting to be part of reexamining those earliest days of some of our
Actually, I feel surprisingly different about all of the characters now,
even Snapper Carr! In writing the series, Mark and I have been
consisitantly surprised to discover new things about the characters, and
each of these insights has helped make the story richer and more
satisfying for us. We felt (as have many JLA writers before us, I
suspect) "stuck" with Aquaman at first, for instance. What do
you do with a guy who can only be on land for an hour at a crack and has
no discenable super-power while he's there? But Aquaman has turned into
one of our favorite characters. We discovered the bit about his slight
accent, and that he hadn't yet acclimated to how sound carried in air,
and so he seemed to mumble. That and his "stranger in a strange
land" status gave us bits of superficial business for him to do,
but we also grew to know him even better than that and came to
appreciate the character's integrity, heroism and no
B.S.-straightforward nature. Aquaman became for us much more than the
guy in the background with the glass of water. We also learned new
things about Hal, Barry, J'onn and Dinah too. And all of the new, or
reinterpreted stuff winds up on the page, thank goodness, so we get to
share it all.
Craig: If DC Comics asked you along with Mark Waid, to come
back and do a JLA Year 2, would you? If so, what would draw you back? If
not, what would draw you away from the series?
Brian:We think about it from time to time, and I believe the
company is very interested. We realized, for instance, that the first
"Crisis," that is, the first meeting between the JLA and JSA
takes place in Year Two.
That seemed a very intriguing tale to fit into the new continuity,
and we were excited for about ten minutes. Then it turned out that
someone else is working on that story already, and we crashed nose-first
into the tarmac.
| Still, Year Two is where we see the
first expansion of the league, and it might be interesting to see Green
Arrow, Atom, and (I think) Hawkman at ground zero too. We'll see what
In the meantime, Waid, Tom Peyer and Barry Kitson are doing a six-issue
mini starring Hal Jordan and Barry Allen that will take place in the
months following JLA:YO. That ought to keep the whistles whetted,
whatever THAT means...
Craig: In the last eview we talked about one of your favorite
characters being the Martian Manhunter John Jon'zz, and your love for
writing mysteries, now that the Martian Manhunter has his own book, have
you been reading the first couple issues and are you even considering
asking to step in and write a couple guest issues?
Brian:I've so far only seen the #0 issue, and thought John
Ostrander and Tom Mandrake did a very nice job. I'm not sure yet how I
feel about John now assuming the identity of a detective named John
Jones, as opposed to creating the identity, but that won't keep me from
enjoying the book. I also think that Ty Templeton did a terrific job on
I don't think John is going to be taking the monthly in a strictly
mystery-oriented direction, so I'm not sure that I'd be able to
incorporate the kinds of ideas I've had for the character on fill-ins.
But given my enjoyment for and appreciation of the character, I'll be
content to be merely a fan.
Craig: The Flash. One of the biggest comics in DCU right now,
has just returned the reigns to yourself and Waid, can we have some
spoilers on so big events that are going to happen?
Brian:No. That would be telling. Besides. we'd have to figure it
all out first, and even we don't know for sure what's coming... :-)
Craig: We saw the wedding..or what we thought was the
wedding..and a prelude to one of the worst years in the life of the
Flash? Could we possibly see the return of Professor Zoom? Barry Allen?
Black Flash? Linda Park? Where will these characters and the Speed Force
be, in 12 issue aka 1 year?
—Professor Zoom may figure in the "Chain Lightning"
story-line, but not in connection with the missing Ms Park. And not in a
way that anyone would expect.
—Barry Allen will play a major part in "C-L", especially in
the amazing climax.
—Black Flash will not return during the story-line, or in the
immediate future. Black Flash was an interesting idea, and Mark Millar
did a very nice job telling the story, but it feels resolved for the
—Linda Park will be visible in cut-away interludes here and there
during "C-L", but her dissapearance won't be solved until
after that epic wraps up in #150. Maybe not until well after!
—Where will the Speed Force and all the characters be in a year? Like
I said, that would be telling--and even we don't know for sure. I am
reasonably certain that the Speed Force will be exactly where it is now
though--wherever in the infinite cosmos that is!
Craig: Besides the Flash, what other projects can we find you
Brian:I still write the occasional "Painkiller Jane"
one-off for Event Comics. I'm writing the monthly Cliffhanger title,
Crimson with Humberto Ramos. And I'm developing a Darkchylde spin-off
with creator Randy Queen. That plus a bunch of one-shot Flash stuff.
Craig: If DC Comics said you could have total control over
these books, what would be your first impression of the book now, and
how would you personally change them?
D) Young Justice?
Brian:I think playing this particular game can only make enemies
out of the fine folks who do these books now, so I'll decline to
speculate. In most cases, I like what's happening in these books anyway.
Thanks again, to Mr. Augustyan, for doing this eview for the site. If
anyone is interested in seeing the last interviews from the JL
Headquarters, with many differnt comic talents, coming soon, they will
all be posted.
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