Tony Bedard and Eric Ratcliffe Discuss R.E.B.E.L.S. #7
Welcome to the latest edition of REBEL Yell where Toy Bedard and I talk about all things REBELS! This month had our team attempting to reach out to the universe and had the Gil'dishpan become the latest victims of the Starro invasion. There's a lot to go over so let's hop right in!
Eric: Readers are wondering why Vril wouldn't attempt to contact anyone on Earth for help?
Tony: I think Vril was calling folks within the boundaries of his force field, and he also called Adam Strange, knowing the Zeta Beam could get someone inside the box.
Eric: So was Vril ignored by Kanjar Ro and despero or will we be seeing them come back in to the over arching story?
Tony: Kanjar Ro is waiting to see which side is most beneficial to him. Despero just hates everyone.
Eric: Something I wanted to ask about was your little Blackest Night tease. Obviously we wont get into the REBELS coming head to head with the event until three issues from now but how did you get pulled into the big event?
Tony: I actually called Geoff Johns to find out if we could play along! It seems to make sense -- it's a cosmic epic. R.E.B.E.L.S. is a cosmic epic. And Geoff was terrific about letting us join the fun. He's a good guy and very supportive of our little book. And I think we've come up with a way to play along with Blackest Night and still advance our tale.
Eric: The people of Gil'dishpan...are they your creation? or an actual existing alien race in the DCU?
Tony: The Gil'dishpan have been around for quite a while. They were featured in the INVASION! event many years back, and they are the weirdest-looking alien race in the DCU, hands down. I had to use them, and Andy Clarke took a potentially dull visual (the alien that looks like a tube sock) and made it positively sing!
Eric: Sadl,y looks like the fun of the design and the characters themselves might have been viewed for the last time for a while. Safe to say the whole planet imploded due to the explosion?
Tony: No. We know the Gil'Dishpan are around in the 31st Century, so they do make a comeback. But they took a pretty big hit here.
Eric: I love their dialog though... a little yoda like.
Tony: The dialog is based on previous appearances. I'm not sure if they predate Yoda, or were inspired by him, though.
Eric: Is it safe to say our fleet admiral has begrudgingly joined up with the REBELS?
Tony: The Admiral has, indeed, joined out merry band. He's been fun to write. What's happening is that Dox is putting together a multi-planetary group, a sort of Legion of Super-Heroes of his own, even though he intended to ignore Brainiac 5's wishes.
Eric: Starro continued hunting down the REBELS in this issue and it really seems like things over all are coming to a head fast. Is the series going to always be focused on Starro and the REBELS? or are their plans for another enemy in the future?
Tony: The battle with Starro will span the first year or so of the series, though we will have other fun stuff creeping in, like our Blackest Night issues in November and December.
Eric: Was that Ciji's true form we saw?
Tony: I think the concept of a true form doesn't quite apply to Durlans. We sometimes see them in hooded cloaks with tentacle appendages hanging out, but they can pretty much look like anything.
Eric: There seem to be a lot of conflicting opinions on the team, will this be causing issues for them in the future?
Tony: If they all got along, it would be a dull book!
Eric: What can everyone expect next issue?
Tony: Next issue, our gang tracks down Vril's son, Lyrl Dox!
Join us next issue for what I'm sure will continue to be a great space adventure which is never predictable!
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Eric Ratcliffe is a young writer/pop culture journalist/interviewer currently working on pitching a project named the Hunter chronicles. When not reading his weekly stack Eric can be found watching dvd's, playing on his 360 (gamertag: Zack Hunter) or just surfing online trying to find a scoop or two. Brand new to the Comic Related family, Eric is a fun new voice.
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