Fam­ily Ties

From ac­tor, screen­writer and di­rec­tor to comics cre­ator, Noel Clarke talks to Will Salmon about his x- rated su­perbook The Troop

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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

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