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Darko Macan talks about ‘Cable’

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Darko Macan talks about ‘Cable’

Official Press Release

Like the remaking of X-FORCE, the arrival of a new creative team has readers
taking a second look at CABLE. Focusing on real-world action instead of
complex continuity, writer David Tischman and penciler Igor Kordey thrust
the time-tossed soldier into international hotspots around the globe. The
response was positive and immediate, inspiring industry reviewers such as
Randy Lander at to say: “What we have here is the
beginning of a book about global espionage and fixing a broken world — and
its use of Cable is far more interesting than anything we’ve gotten in the
past.” Now the book will head into even more dangerous territory as new
writer Darko Macan joins fellow Croatian Kordey for the further adventures
of the revamped warrior.

Currently living in Zagreb, Macan entered the industry like many do, as a
fan. “I used to read some ’70s Marvel titles which were regularly translated
in former Yugoslavia, stuff like John Romita’s AMAZING SPIDER-MAN and John
Buscema’s CONAN,” Macan explained. “But my interest was rekindled with a
double whammy of Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns. One hit to the head,
one hit in the guts.”

Jumping from fan to creator, Macan also leapt into the American comics
market with his work for Dark Horse and DC, which then led to a high-profile
mini-series at Marvel. “The Grendel Tales book Devils and Deaths that I did
with late Edvin Biukovic is probably the best known and the best loved of
all the comics I’ve written for the U.S. market,” said Macan. “I’ve also
written a couple of Star Wars books, some Tarzan and Hellblazer and, most
recently, a Sandman mini-series and the CAPTAIN AMERICA: DEAD MAN RUNNING
mini-series with Danijel Zezelj.”

So how did he score a series at Marvel? “This past summer I decided to quit
comics and be a bum,” explained Macan. “So, in September I went to visit a
friend in Belgrade because there’s no better place to be a bum in. While
there, a local publisher offered us a chance to publish a series on which we
have been working for a past couple of years and when I got back home there
were a couple of phone calls from (CABLE editor) Andrew Lis waiting on my
machine. I suspect he got the number from Igor Kordey and he asked me if I’d
like to write CAPTAIN AMERICA. I postponed being a bum, and said yes.”

“The first story that I read by Darko was Grendel Tales: Devils and Deaths,
which he did with Edvin Biukovic,” said Lis. “I think this story was called,
by a close friend and fellow professional, ‘one of the best stories ever
told in comics.'”

And what was it about Macan’s writing that caught Lis’s eye? “The thing I
notice first about Darko is his name. He’s named ‘Darko,’ and that sounds so
much cooler than Andrew. Actually it’s because Darko is smart, and he writes
characters first. The emotional anchors he lays for them are very solid, and
he crafts his story in a way to expose each character to its core value and
flaws. In addition, he respects his audience and his subject matter without
being overly serious. He understands the necessity of using well-placed,
subtle humor. And he’s got a cool name.”

As for what plans Darko has for the son of Cyclops, expect more twists on
the character some once saw as merely a muscle-bound guy with a big gun.
“Together, Darko and Igor will be taking Cable on a wild ride that will
culminate this July,” stated Lis. “I don’t want to say too much about the
first arc, but we will see a completely unexpected take on the Askani
religion, and a few radical changes in the status quo. All of this will
follow Darko’s customary crisp scripts dealing with realistic consequences
for all involved. We’ll make you think with this book.”

So what feel will Macan bring to the Askani’son? “Well, I’ve just finished
reading the plot to CABLE #105, and I had very, very few notes. That doesn’t
happen often, since I am a wordy guy,” revealed Lis. “Darko’s done his
homework, is respecting the groundwork set in place by Tischman, while
subtly moving the character to a different place. The stories are very
engaging, and deal with Cable’s interactions with a crazy world that he’s
trying to control. Ultimately, that’s one of the themes we’ll be dealing
with: Cable’s borderline fascist take on the world, and how that forces him
to deal with the problems around him. If you’re looking for something
specific, let’s just say Darko’s unique feel will be his unique perspective
as an Eastern European writer who still resides in Croatia. No one else
working for Marvel can make that claim. Oh, and did I mention his cool

Retailers can order CABLE #105 in next month’s Diamond Previews catalog.
Readers can read the CABLE: SHINING PATH trade paperback in May — and learn
more about the mutant soldier right now at!

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