Assembling The Gauntlet: Interview With Brian Clevinger On Avengers & The Infinity Gauntlet
The year is 1991. Half the universe has been destroyed including your favorite super hero. A mad Titan is responsible. He is Thanos. He has acquired the six Infinity Gems, and is a god.
As announced at the recent Chicago comic con, C2E2, come this July writer Brian Clevinger of Atomic Robo fame gets to stand on equal ground with the mad Titan himself, and gets a chance to remake something in his own image. Clevinger gets to redo the original Infinity Gauntlet as he sees fit, alongside artist Brian Churilla (Rex Mundi, The Anchor).
The all-ages book, Avengers & The Infinity Gauntlet, pits what's left of the Avengers, described as a "ragtag" group of heroes and villains including Spider-Man, Wolverine, the Hulk, Ms. Marvel and Doctor Doom, against Thanos in the final battle to save the universe!
Brian Clevinger was kind enough to speak with Cosmic Book News on his thoughts and also share some details on Avengers & The Infinity Gauntlet.
Cosmic Book News: What can you tell us about the Avengers & The Infinity Gauntlet mini that begins this August?
Brian Clevinger: I'll tell you it's great and you should totally buy it.
Cosmic Book News: This is a different take on the Starlin original, yes? Were you a big fan of the original Infinity Gauntlet when it came out?
Brian Clevinger: Oh, yes, a very different take. The original Infinity Gauntlet had just started to come out when I first got into comics as a kid. It was this great event in Marvel history that's stuck with me ever since. So, yeah, when Nate (Marvel editor Nate Crosby) said he wanted me to work on my own version of Infinity Gauntlet, I was pretty excited to be given the opportunity to play around with such an iconic Marvel moment.
Cosmic Book News: Back in the day, Infinity Gauntlet was Marvel's biggest event and crossover. How does it feel to be doing a "re-imagining?" Those are some big shoes to fill!
Brian Clevinger: I don't mind telling you it was suffocatingly daunting at first. But Nate told me not to think of it as retelling Infinity Gauntlet. He told me, "If there had never been an Infinity Gauntlet story, how would you have written it?"
So, that helped put things into perspective. It wasn't about living up to Starlin, Perez and Lim. It was about just doing what I do.
Cosmic Book News: Brian, you also wrote Atomic Robo. I take it you like doing the more cosmic and sci-fi type of stories?
Brian Clevinger: Oh yeah, I'm a sci-fi dork all the way. My childhood was defined by Star Wars, Robotech, Battletech, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, that kind of stuff. Other kids looked up to football players, my hero was Carl Sagan.
Cosmic Book News: Have you worked with Brian Churilla before? What can we expect to see from Brian in this mini? Can you tell us a little bit about working with him?
Brian Clevinger: I've never worked with him, but I look forward to changing that with Infinity Gauntlet. I've been a fan of his since The Engineer and I think he was a great choice for this project. He's got that clean modern economy of line going on, but there's a strong undercurrent of classic comic aesthetics through his work too. I think that'll line up quite nicely with the lighter track we're taking with this version of a big cosmic story.
Cosmic Book News: And Brian, if I am not mistaken this is your first project for Marvel? Quite exciting! Can we expect to see more from you at Marvel?
Brian Clevinger: I'm working on a couple of back-up comics for 616 Marvel at this very moment! Beyond that, I'd love to do more all-ages work. There's a tremendous amount of freedom to stories like these. You get to shed all the continuity that can bog characters down and get right to the core of what makes them fun.
Cosmic Book News: Sounds great, Brian! Thank you for taking the time out to speak with us.
Be sure to check out Avengers & The Infinity Gauntlet from Brian Clevinger and Brian Churilla when it hits shops this August!