In the second part of CBR’s video interview with Nick Spencer from Comic-Con International in San Diego you can check out Part One here), the “Captain America: Steve Rogers” and “Captain America: Sam Wilson” scribe delves into the converging plot lines of his titles and “Civil War II,” in addition to his hit series at Image Comics — with “Superior Foes of Spider-Man” artist Steve Lieber — “The Fix.”
Addressing the organic integration of “Civil War II” into his “Captain America” books, Spencer told CBR’s Kiel Phegley (view the full video above), “It’s really a strange thing because I wish we could say that we planned it all that way — but in terms of ‘Civil War II,’ these two stories are very much going to collide with one another, they’re very much going to dove tail. Things that seem separate, are very much not. As ‘Civil War II’ goes on, you’re going to see more of that, and the same in ‘Steve Rogers: Captain America.’ They’re more than tie-ins, they’re pretty integral pieces to the overall story. These two stories are going to intermix and intermingle in a significant way — in the way that the original ‘Civil War’ did with the ‘Death of Captain America’ story.”
“As much hype and discussion the reveal generated, I still don’t think the average reader has grasped the scope of the story yet. They think of it as a Captain America story,” Spencer said, “but the reality is that the story is going to end up being much, much bigger than that. So [“Civil War II”] ‘The Oath’ is where we set the stage with that — my hope is that when people are done with it, they start to see the magnitude of what’s occurring, and start to see how all of these things fit together.”
Spencer also discussed the success of “The Fix,” his independent series with his “Superior Foes of Spider-Man” collaborator Steve Lieber, saying it naturally came out of the love for their work on the “Spider-Man” spinoff book. “We were really excited to get to ‘The Fix.’ We decided that we were doing it as ‘Superior Foes’ was wrapping up and we were pretty fired up about it. We were disappointed by the numbers initially…and now we’re on the fifth printing of the first issue, the fourth printing of the second one — so it’s going back to press because the additional prints keep selling out. So, clearly there was a demand for us to keep telling stories together, and that’s always really rewarding.”
He added, “In terms of the style, we wanted to take what we had done on ‘Foes’ — which clearly struck a chord with a particular audience. And I still, even today, hear nice things about that book. It’s just one that follows me around.”
Commenting on the book’s humor, Spencer said it was something he’d never get away with at a company like Marvel. “The nice thing about working at Image is that you obviously have a lot more freedom — there’s not the standards and practices, obviously, that you work with at another company — so we got to do the rawest, darkest, meanest version of that kind of comedy, and it’s been a lot of fun.”
“I enjoy writing this stuff. It’s by far the most challenging stuff to write. It’s kind of a cliche for writers to say comedy is hardest, but it really, really is — it’s cliche for a reason,” Spencer said. “This book is definitely the hardest to write, it’s the one I dread writing the most because I know it’s going to exhaust me when I sit down to do it, but it’s rare that I’ve written things that resonate like this. People are really excited about the book, the reviews have been phenomenal, and yeah, we keep going back to press — so, seems like it’s working!”
For the full interview with Spencer and more from SDCC, head over to CBR’s interview channel on YouTube.
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