Still looking for a Valentine's Day gift for that special someone? Well, DC Comics has just the thing. This week, the publisher shipped "Green Arrow/Black Canary" #17, and new super-villain Cupid aims right for the heart - literally.
CBR News caught up with series writer Andrew Kreisberg at his office in Los Angeles, where he serves as a staff writer on FOX's hit series, "Fringe," to talk about his and artists Mike Norton & Joe Rubinstein' "Green Arrow/Black Canary," and what fans can expect from the series going forward.
CBR: You just brought Green Arrow's archvillain Merlyn back into the fold in "Green Arrow/Black Canary" #16. Why was it important to add a new villain at this point in the series?
Andrew Kreisberg: In trying to make the book more about Ollie and Dinah and their relationship, we came up with a female super-villain who is in love with Ollie and is also insane. Obviously, it took Dinah along time to arrive at a point where she felt comfortable trusting Ollie enough to finally commit to him because of his problems, his past infidelities, her own issues. Now that they're settled and married, any old villain could come gunning for them, but it doesn't really impact their marriage.
But a super-hot woman who is killing people for Green Arrow definitely causes problems because obviously Ollie isn't in love with this woman. He doesn't know who she is. In fact, he doesn't even know where she came from, although in the irony department, he's actually responsible for her creation. She just gives the story much more juice.
What's the long-term plan for Cupid? Is she going to be a part of the ongoing mythos of the book moving forward, or is she just the main villain for this upcoming arc?
I cannot wait for somebody else to take a crack at her. That would be the most exciting thing I could do during my tenure here is to create a few villains that stand the test of time. Not just stand the test of time because they have a cool costume or a cool name, but a character that really brings something to the book. And brings something to the lives of Ollie and Dinah. Cupid has been designed to stick around.
I guess in some ways I'd love to create somebody like Harley Quinn., who it's now hard to imagine Batman's universe without her. And she's a much more recent creation. So Cupid has her initial arc here, which worked out well that we had a **Faces of Evil** storyline because I got to bring back Green Arrow's greatest villain Merlyn and use his return as a springboard to introduce her. There's definitely an arc within the next storyline where she has a complete story but she, as a wild card, could always pop up.
Because she's in love with Ollie, Cupid's plan isn't always to destroy the city. I have an upcoming storyline where she actually helps Ollie [laughs], which makes her even scarier and more dangerous, because she's so unpredictable. And because she helps Ollie, how does Ollie then feel about that? And how does that make Dinah feel? That's just far more interesting than "I want to destroy your city."
Will we learn Cupid's origin in the months ahead?
For sure. I think for now, from what people saw in #15, you definitely see Cupid was married and in some sort of perilous situation. And Ollie, being the hero that he is, rescued her and disappeared into the night. But what that situation was and how it looked and where she's from and who she is, is definitely going to be a mystery for a while because that will be part of another storyline. Because at some point, Dinah is going to want to know who the hell is this hot red redhead prancing around in fishnets?
With Valentine's Day coming this Saturday, would you say "Green Arrow/Black Canary" #17 is the perfect gift for a loved one?
Yes. I told my wife at some point I'll name a comic character after her, so don't be surprised if Cupid's real first name turns out to be Carrie.
And that's what is great about the cover, which LadrÃ¶nn totally hit out of the park. It was actually the idea of my genius editor, Mike Carlin. He drew a little sketch of that and it's so perfect for Valentine's Day. So yes, give it to someone you love.
I know some people are under the misconception that because her name is Cupid, she is going to be another arrow villain, but that is not the case. In a future case, we'll actually discover her archery abilities are somewhat limited.
Looking ahead to 2009, what else is coming for "Green Arrow/Black Canary?"
Mike Carlin mentioned in an interview at New York Comic Con that possibly, down the road, the title will change to "Green Arrow vs. Black Canary." We're definitely putting their marriage through a gauntlet and if they can come out of it on the other end, they're doing okay. A lot of it is going to be, how do the events of the next year effect Ollie and his reaction to those events? And Dinah wants to know if he is still the man that she married. Which is all, really great stuff. And so everything that is happening to them from Merlyn coming back to Cupid entering their lives, these are not arbitrary decisions. There is a long-range plan leading up to something big and fun that will hopefully move Green Arrow into a fresh and exciting new direction. And hopefully people are going to enjoy the ride and stick with it and see where it goes.
Will your stories roll into Dwayne McDuffie's "Justice League of America," which features Black Canary, and James Robinson's upcoming "Justice League," which stars Green Arrow?
I don't know if it will roll into them, but I talked to [Executive Editor] Dan DiDio and we are definitely setting up something for Green Arrow and Black Canaary. I don't think you'll see Dinah get pregnant in Dwayne's book.
Everyone is setting up potential conflict between Ollie and Dinah and exploring their differing paths in the pursuit of justice, which I think is inherent in writing this book. You have married superheroes. They have different points of view. They are different people. Anyone who is married will tell you, you will agree with very little with your wife [laughs]. Even when you love them and support them and respect them, you disagree. That's what makes marriage fun. And it's what makes "Green Arrow/Black Canary" different than any other book in the DC Universe.
Written by Andrew Kreisberg with art by Mike Norton and Joe Rubinstein and cover by LadrÃ¶nn, "Green Arrow/Black Canary" #17 is on sale now from DC Comics.