Matt Kindt on Unity
Comic Heroes: How does working for Valiant compare to Marvel and DC?
“With a lot of publishers, their characters have been around forever so it’s more like putting a spin on them. But with Valiant, it feels like we’re getting to build these characters from the ground up. I read the Valiant books in the ’90s and was a huge fan of those characters back then. I don’t have the time to read many comics now but I was reading Bloodshot as a fan and then they called me up and asked, ‘Do you want to write Bloodshot #0 and tell his origin?’” CH: With Unity, how does it feel to write Valiant’s first team book? MK: “It’s great because I get to pull out all the best characters and put them together. There’s also a lot of stuff that hasn’t been established in the Valiant Universe such as where Ninjak lives, so I get to figure that out.”
“It’s a play on the old Unity crossover from the ’90s but the team is never actually called Unity in the story. It’s actually ironic because the team is full of malcontents and disgruntled heroes. It’s such a clash of personalities that Unity almost needs to have quote marks put around it!”
“Ninjak is probably my favourite so far because he’s such an ass, plus he’s got the best gadgets! And one thing Valiant has needed is a strong female character, which I’m getting to do with Livewire. I want her to be your favourite too – by the time we get to the second arc, she’s going to have a much bigger role.”