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Ben Raab Opens “Warehouse 13”

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“Warehouse 13” opens its doors to comics fans

Debuting this week, Dynamite Entertainment opened up SyFy Channel’s “Warehouse 13” to the comic book world with new adventures and escapades of the television series’ team. Following the agents of Warehouse 13 as they round up artifacts with dangerous and terrible powers for storage in a secret facility in South Dakota, the new ongoing features art by Ben Morse and has a writing team of scribes direct from the hit television series including Executive Story Editor Ben Raab. Raab is best known to “Warehouse 13” viewers as the writer of “Duped,” the popular episode where agent Myka Bering is trapped inside a mirror while a duplicate takes her place on the team. Now, Raab is ready to introduce the agents of “Warehouse 13” to the comic book world.

The writer took some time out of his “Warehouse 13” story editing duties to speak with CBR News about the upcoming series, how the characters develop in the comic, its relationship to Season 3 of the television show and some of the crazy artifacts the Warehouse agents come across during their first foray into comics.

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CBR News: Ben, tell us about the work you’re doing on the “Warehouse 13” comic — where does it fall in terms of the actual show? 

Ben Raab: The “Warehouse 13” comic book is pretty much a stand-alone series that exists both in and out of continuity. Readers don’t need to know every last detail about Warehouse 13 — or have seen every single episode — to get the gist of these characters, their relationships and the world of endless wonder they inhabit.  If you have watched the show, then you’ll enjoy some of the little references and in-jokes from Seasons 1 & 2 the writing team has peppered throughout the series. But if you haven’t, you can still enjoy these stories for what they are — a fun, funny, mystery, action-adventure, “thrilleromedy” (as our Showrunner/Executive Producer Jack Kenny calls them).

“Warehouse 13” is all about supernatural artifacts and the stories behind them. For this particular adventure, what can you tell us about the “artifact of the week?”

In the premiere issue, the Warehouse team has to retrieve an artifact that’s causing devastating geological upheaval down in Brazil. In issue two, they encounter an object that’s causing people to mysteriously disappear on a small island off the coast of Ireland. And in issue three, they must stop an assassin who’s using an artifact to literally cut a swath through the ranks of the Yakuza. By the time we get to issue four, the team will discover that the sudden, simultaneous re-appearance of these long-missing artifacts is no coincidence — and the most dangerous one is still at-large and in the hands of a madman.

What kind of research and preparation did you have to do for this series?

Lotsa Google, lotsa Wikipedia. They’ve both proven invaluable for historical research., and as readers will see, there are a lot of historical elements in this comic series. Sure, we play a little fast and loose with the past for the sake of story, but that’s one of the most fun and unique challenges of both the “Warehouse 13” comic book and TV show — how can we tweak the facts to create fiction that’s grounded in reality, but with a new and unexpected twist?  I think we’ve all risen to that challenge quite well with this series.

What’s in the future for you and “Warehouse 13?” Are there any plans for a follow-up episode to “Duped?”

No plans for a “Duped, Part 2” this season, but, as your readers probably already know, season 3 of “Warehouse 13” premiere in July, right in the middle of Syfy’s new “Powerful Mondays” programming schedule along with “Eureka” at 8pm and the new series, “Alphas” at 10pm.  This summer, our heroes will face a foe unlike any who’ve threatened the Warehouse ever before. We’ll also meet some new faces — namely Agent Steve Jinks played by “Smallville’s” Aaron Ashmore — and dig deeper into the mythology of the Warehouse’s supervisors, the Regents.  We’ve also got a great list of guest stars appearing throughout the season including “Star Trek Voyager’s” Kate Mulgrew and Jeri Ryan, “Caprica’s” Alessandra Torresani and Sasha Roiz, not to mention the return of “Eureka’s” own Douglas Fargo played by the ever-hilarious Neil Grayston. So it’s without any exaggeration when I say that this season promises to be our biggest and boldest yet.  We all hope everyone tunes in!