A lot of the characters are changing in very real ways. I think fans are going to be either disappointed or shocked by some of the things that we do with some of the characters.
Some of the human characters are going to be taking on bigger roles because we're expanding the universe somewhat. We're not slighting anyone, we're not slighting Abe or Johann, but we're expanding the role of the other agents, the human agents, because the threat is bigger and we felt like if we expand the universe somewhat — which is why it will be easier for Guy to come back and do more stuff with us — if we expand the universe somewhat we can tell more stories about what's happening and how the world is falling apart.
In the next big series we're making really big changes with Johann. Really big. We're moving into another continent. I don't know if Mike has discussed this with you guys or not, but we're over to another continent where we see how this struggle has been affecting other parts of the world, not just what the BPRD is trying to do about, but what other agencies, in other countries, the way that they've been trying to handle it.
And we'll be reintroducing an old character that I'm pretty sure no one expects to see, and then it'll get really crazy. And then we're doing some really good stuff where we're introducing another
character that no one expects to see, but both of these characters will show up in very different iterations for the way we saw them originally.
But it's getting bad. I mean, things are going bad really fast. We didn't want to do that originally, but Mike and I talked about it and we decided we have to really mess things up quickly.
You know there was a time not too long ago where I was a little worried about that, to be perfectly honest. Just in the past six months, the direction that we're taking it is so different, and some of the ideas that I've had and that Mike's had and that we've had together — because we talk a lot — it really feels fresh to me and Mike and therefore one hopes to the readers.
It's exciting. We do have an end in mind. I think that probably helps. If you're doing The Avengers
month in month and you've got to maintain certain trademarks, I could see how that would be a grind. But this isn't going to go on forever. It's a big, big story and the decisions we make to get us there, they have to always be surprising. So it changes a little bit. Like, you know, it always a little bit to the left or right of the big ending we have planned, but we still know where we're going. And I think that helps.