Darko Macan talks about 'Cable'

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Like the remaking of X-FORCE, the arrival of a new creative team has readerstaking a second look at CABLE. Focusing on real-world action instead ofcomplex continuity, writer David Tischman and penciler Igor Kordey thrustthe time-tossed soldier into international hotspots around the globe. Theresponse was positive and immediate, inspiring industry reviewers such asRandy Lander at TheFourthRail.com to say: "What we have here is thebeginning of a book about global espionage and fixing a broken world -- andits use of Cable is far more interesting than anything we've gotten in thepast." Now the book will head into even more dangerous territory as newwriter Darko Macan joins fellow Croatian Kordey for the further adventuresof the revamped warrior.

Currently living in Zagreb, Macan entered the industry like many do, as afan. "I used to read some '70s Marvel titles which were regularly translatedin former Yugoslavia, stuff like John Romita's AMAZING SPIDER-MAN and JohnBuscema's CONAN," Macan explained. "But my interest was rekindled with adouble 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 comicsmarket with his work for Dark Horse and DC, which then led to a high-profilemini-series at Marvel. "The Grendel Tales book Devils and Deaths that I didwith late Edvin Biukovic is probably the best known and the best loved ofall the comics I've written for the U.S. market," said Macan. "I've alsowritten a couple of Star Wars books, some Tarzan and Hellblazer and, mostrecently, a Sandman mini-series and the CAPTAIN AMERICA: DEAD MAN RUNNINGmini-series with Danijel Zezelj."

So how did he score a series at Marvel? "This past summer I decided to quitcomics and be a bum," explained Macan. "So, in September I went to visit afriend in Belgrade because there's no better place to be a bum in. Whilethere, a local publisher offered us a chance to publish a series on which wehave been working for a past couple of years and when I got back home therewere a couple of phone calls from (CABLE editor) Andrew Lis waiting on mymachine. I suspect he got the number from Igor Kordey and he asked me if I'dlike 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 evertold in comics.'"

And what was it about Macan's writing that caught Lis's eye? "The thing Inotice first about Darko is his name. He's named 'Darko,' and that sounds somuch cooler than Andrew. Actually it's because Darko is smart, and he writescharacters first. The emotional anchors he lays for them are very solid, andhe crafts his story in a way to expose each character to its core value andflaws. In addition, he respects his audience and his subject matter withoutbeing 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 onthe 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 willculminate this July," stated Lis. "I don't want to say too much about thefirst arc, but we will see a completely unexpected take on the Askanireligion, and a few radical changes in the status quo. All of this willfollow Darko's customary crisp scripts dealing with realistic consequencesfor all involved. We'll make you think with this book."

So what feel will Macan bring to the Askani'son? "Well, I've just finishedreading the plot to CABLE #105, and I had very, very few notes. That doesn'thappen often, since I am a wordy guy," revealed Lis. "Darko's done hishomework, is respecting the groundwork set in place by Tischman, whilesubtly moving the character to a different place. The stories are veryengaging, and deal with Cable's interactions with a crazy world that he'strying to control. Ultimately, that's one of the themes we'll be dealingwith: Cable's borderline fascist take on the world, and how that forces himto deal with the problems around him. If you're looking for somethingspecific, let's just say Darko's unique feel will be his unique perspectiveas an Eastern European writer who still resides in Croatia. No one elseworking for Marvel can make that claim. Oh, and did I mention his coolname?"

Retailers can order CABLE #105 in next month's Diamond Previews catalog.Readers can read the CABLE: SHINING PATH trade paperback in May -- and learnmore about the mutant soldier right now at Marvel.com!

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