Aces High

Garth En­nis flies the skies in Where Mon­sters Dwell

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Red Alert -

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.

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