Peter Milligan on Shadowman
Comic Heroes: How does working for Valiant compare to Marvel and DC? Peter Milligan: “What I’ve found different is their attitude towards stories and superheroes. Valiant actively seems to veer away from anything too superhero-esque, which is great. There’s also the matter of continuity. There’s less of it with Valiant’s characters so it’s less of an issue.” CM: You took over Shadowman with #13. What is the appeal of the character? PM: “I’m intrigued by the idea that there’s a lot more to Jack Boniface than meets the eye. I don’t quite believe that what we’re seeing is the entire truth so I want to explore the dark shadowy sides of this young man.” CH: Valiant’s titles are all very different from each other. What sets Shadowman apart?
“What’s different about my Shadowman, at least, is that it will plough some very dark psychological ground and it’ll also have a bit of post-punk fizz and mindf**k shenaniganism. Maybe all this will place it somewhere between a Vertigo book and a mainstream title, which makes it different from Valiant’s other books.”
“We discover some dark secrets about Jack Boniface. And the Abetters show themselves to be different from how we and Jack imagined them. This sets him on a quest, which leads to a strange backwoods mambo, a mambo unlike any in Louisiana or elsewhere.”