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Stephen Jewell talks to Ales Kot about his two lat­est Marvel projects

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Af­ter mesh­ing real-world pol­i­tics with sci-fi-flavoured es­pi­onage fic­tion in his cre­ator-owned Im­age se­ries Ales Kot is set to ex­plore the murkier edges of the Marvel Uni­verse when he re­launches Se­cret Avengers in March.

Kot de­scribes the new-look book as James Bond meets Ar­rested De­vel­op­ment and first arc “Un­break­able” takes place in space, in the air and on the ground.

Hawk­eye, in­trigu­ingly, is de­scribed as “on the fringe of be­ing there/not be­ing there” but Spi­der-Woman will def­i­nitely be join­ing Black Widow, Coul­son and Maria Hill in the covert di­vi­sion of Earth’s Might­i­est He­roes – who ap­par­ently have to jug­gle deal­ing with their own per­sonal prob­lems while com­bat­ing a new shad­owy threat.

“There’s also a spe­cial char­ac­ter that I’m not go­ing to di­vulge but I’m very happy about them be­ing in the book,” re­veals Kot, who is joined by artist Michael Walsh, who also drew Zero’s in­au­gu­ral is­sue.

“We’re go­ing for some­thing be­tween what I’m do­ing with Zero and Hawk­eye,” says Kot. “There’s hu­mour but there’s also gen­uine dan­ger. And it’s funny be­cause Hawk­eye isn’t ex­actly the most re­spon­si­ble per­son, Spi­der-Woman has her own is­sues, and it’s easy to go Brazil on a se­cret su­per­hero team work­ing for a mas­sive spy agency. The ab­sur­dity of it is quite vis­i­ble. The cast is ef­fi­cient, yet also all over the place – and that’s won­der­ful for the story dy­nam­ics.”

pa­triot ACT

Also in March, Kot will take charge of Iron Pa­triot, chron­i­cling the ad­ven­tures of James Rhodes, Tony Stark’s right-hand man. “I’m us­ing a sim­ple Shane Black/Mark Mil­lar/Michael Bay ac­tion-thriller three-act struc­ture that I then wring through my head,” ex­plains

It’s kind of like a very clas­sic main­stream

ac­tion movie

Kot. “It goes in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions but it’s kind of like a very clas­sic main­stream ac­tion movie in the way that I’m ap­proach­ing the writ­ing.”

In con­trast, Kot de­scribes Se­cret Avengers as more of a lay­er­ing process. “That’s not to say that Iron Pa­triot doesn’t have sub­text as it to­tally does,” he says. “But there are ways of lay­er­ing two lay­ers of sub­text and ways of lay­er­ing 10. I’m go­ing for a few more lay­ers with Se­cret Avengers be­cause I want to play with some­thing that has a larger over­ar­ch­ing arc.”

In Se­cret Avengers #1, two char­ac­ters have a con­ver­sa­tion that al­ludes to Percy Bysshe Shel­ley’s Ozy­man­dias, the in­spi­ra­tion for Watch­men’s big bad of the same name. “That’s par­tially me tip­ping my hat to Break­ing Bad” he says. “But there’s also an im­por­tant sto­ry­telling rea­son. There’s a his­tory to the poem that people are not aware of – some­thing I’ve also thrown into the mix – and it all ben­e­fits the story we’re telling. At the same time, there’s also a lot of quite ex­plo­sive non­ver­bal ac­tion.”

Snowpiercer the comic is re­viewed on page 105, plus there’s a six-page taster in this is­sue’s Side­kick on page 146.

The red, white and blue suit of Iron Pa­triot.

Se­cret Avengers’ re­launched line-up.

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