Garth Ennis flies the skies in Where Monsters Dwell
This May Garth Ennis returns
to Marvel Comics but he won’t be prowling the mean streets with the Punisher again. Instead he’s pitting intrepid World War One fighter ace Karl Kaufman, aka Phantom Eagle, against a host of prehistoric menaces in the five- issue miniseries Where Monsters Dwell. It’s going to be “an action- packed adventure with a wry – sometimes quite grim – sense of humour,” according to Ennis. “It was actually editor Nick Lowe’s idea, he pitched it to me over a pint around October of last year. I thought it would be a good laugh; a chance to do something a bit lighter after some of the rather more grim stories I’ve been writing lately.”
Ennis has history with Kaufman from his 2008 miniseries War Is Hell. This time the high- flying hero is giving a lift to socialite Clementine Franklin- Cox when they are transported from the 1920s to a land of dinosaurs and danger. “Clemmie is something of a mystery at first,” says Ennis. “Kaufman quickly realises that she knows things she couldn't possibly know. If the story has a serious side it would be through some of the commentary Clemmie provides on the role of women in society at the time.”
Overgrown, ravenous lizards aren’t the only threat to the duo. Ennis says they’ll face “cannibalistic pygmies and a tribe of statuesque – if rather unusual – Amazons. All the stuff you want in a jungle dinosaur story, really. And Kaufman has an unfortunate tendency towards self-sabotage that I find quite amusing.”
Where Monsters Dwell issue one is on sale from 27 May.