From actor, screenwriter and director to comics creator, Noel Clarke talks to Will Salmon about his x- rated superbook The Troop
Noel Clarke on his subversive super-book, The Troop.
oel Clarke needs no introduction. As an actor he starred in several seasons of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and Doctor Who, and his ongoing movie career has included blockbusters like Star Trek Into
Darkness and smaller indie flicks such as Storage 24. He’s also won acclaim for his work behind the camera as a writer and director. He penned the hard-hitting movie
Kidulthood, then wrote and directed its sequel, Adulthood. But while Noel is putting the finishing touches to the third in the trilogy,
Brotherhood, he is also fulfilling a lifelong dream by releasing a comic – the first of two set in the same original universe.
The Troop, published by Titan and currently heading towards the conclusion of its first run, mixes a love of superheroes – notably The
X-Men – with the grit for which his films are known. It follows a group of teens who have developed superpowers, following experiments on their parents. They’re struggling to get to grips with their abilities as it is, without drawing the attentions of a deadly religious cult.
The Troop is enormous fun. It’s dark and gritty – but also leavened