CBR News: From the cover image it looks like the cast of "Heralds" is made up of Hellcat, Monica Rambeau, Valkyrie, She Hulk, Agent Brand and Emma Frost. Plus, I hear some members of the Fantastic Four will turn up later in the series. That's a pretty eclectic cast. Why did you and editorial want to bring this particular group of characters together, and what do you find compelling about them?
A: They are awesome and B: they are awesome. When my editor Jeanine Schaefer and I first started talking about doing this, the initial list of potential characters was, in a word, bananas. Some were ridiculously obscure; others (like Hellcat and Emma Frost) were the stuff of dream dates for me
. Ultimately, though, we wanted to end up with a group that was well balanced in terms of powers and, maybe more importantly, personality and approach to conflict resolution. We discussed a lot of match ups of powers and personalities as they related to the central themes of this project, and the result is a group that is in some ways hilariously diverse but certainly full of potential for rational and reasoned
discourse - or not.
Let's talk a little bit about that. How would you describe the dynamic between these characters when the series begins? Some of them have worked together and are even friends, like Hellcat and Monica Rambeau, but it also seems like this is a group of pretty strong personalities that could end up clashing. Would that be a fair assessment?
Sure. And they're all only together in the first place because they've been set up, or at least Emma has, by someone who should have known better but just couldn't help himself
. And certainly, they've all at least been in the same room together at some point, but I wouldn't say that there's too much between them beyond that. Hellcat and Valkyrie is one of my most favorite relationships ever, but the Valkyrie that Patsy's looking at now is not the person that she most fondly remembers. That can't be easy for either of them. And I think that's true, to varying degrees, with all of them.
Fans know that you have an affinity for Hellcat - if "Heralds" does well, would you want to revisit her and any of her teammates in this book for a sequel or a spin off?
I am always up for more Hellcat. As far as this team ever being recomposed, it would probably have to be over their dead bodies, and Emma would probably be the one to do the killing.