Exclusive interview: J.T. Krul discusses the return of the Owl in a new 4-issue limited series
The hero will be featured in his own four-issue limited series in July from Dynamite courtesy of writer J.T. Krul and artist Heubert Khan Michael. Each issue is also slated to feature a cover by comics great Alex Ross.
Cosmic Book News Managing Editor Byron Brewer sat down in the owl's nest exclusively with Krul and asked the questions that our readers want to know. Here are the author’s responses.
Cosmic Book News: So where has the Owl been for the last half century?
J.T. Krul: Like all the great heroes in the Project Superpowers universe, the Owl was cast away into a mystical urn -- locked in a state of limbo. A sacrifice necessary to keep all the evils of the world locked away. Not that he had any say in the matter. So, the last 50 years, the world has moved on while the Owl has stayed the same.
J.T. Krul: The easier question would be what challenges doesn't he face. Nick Terry is a man lost in time. Everyone he knew is gone, and he has no place in the world. Not to mention the fact that the city he loved is more desperate, dangerous and deadly than ever.
J.T. Krul: Nick Terry was a cop in Yorktown, serving the people from sunrise until sundown, but that wasn't enough for him. He wanted to do more -- so he donned a mask and became the Owl. Using an array of gadgets, he fought the criminal element head-on. He even enlisted his girl Belle to become Owl Girl. Together, they lived, fought and loved side-by-side. But all that is over now.
J.T. Krul: Definitely darker. It's not to say the "golden age" he came from was perfect -- far from it. But the dangers today are amplified. The weapons are bigger and stronger. The power struggle is more violent than ever as more and more people are suffering -- looking for any way to carve out a piece of the pie for themselves. Killing has become a game, and any code of honor among thieves and criminals died long ago. It's total chaos.
J.T. Krul: Central to this power struggle are two primary mob bosses -- Anthony and Jasper. Anthony is more of the old school mobster, doing what he can to see the big picture. He doesn't do anything without a reason and isn't one to overreact. Jasper is quite frankly psychotic. He enjoys dishing out pain and misery -- even if there isn't a point to get across. He's a small, sly man who loves the sound of gunfire -- even if he's the target.
But in many ways, the real challenge for the Owl is dealing with the discovery of what his legacy has wrought. You see, the Owl may have been out of the picture, but in this world there still is an Owl Girl -- but it's not the one he remembers. Facing the evolution of his life's mission is going to rock his world!
J.T. Krul: Everything! He's a very talented artist and we were lucky to find him for this project. We actually met back at NYCC a few years ago when I saw some JSA samples he had at his table in artist's alley. I thought he had a good style and dynamic flair that would be perfect for this project.
J.T. Krul: What about them! Having one of the titans of the industry not only designing the look of the Owl, but also providing some jaw-dropping covers. It's more than anyone could ask for.
J.T. Krul: It's been great. Nick and Joe and everyone at the company have been fantastic. They definitely have an idea of the worlds they are exploring, but they give you the time and space to develop the story you want to tell and let you tell it.
J.T. Krul: They will see a man who always wanted to do right by others be pushed to the very edge -- forced to make some hard decisions about where he fits in the world and whether or not he can keep his moral compass intact.
J.T. Krul: 2013 is proving to be a big year for me. Still doing DC stuff with Superman, returning to Dynamite with The Owl, and of course there's Aspen. This marks Aspen Comics' 10th anniversary. A milestone to say the least. To help celebrate it, Aspen is releasing 10 new #1's each month from February to November for only $1 in stores. In April, we premiered a brand new project of mine called JIRNI. It's an old-world fantasy adventure about a warrior trekking through an uncharted world as she searches for the sorcerer who kidnapped her mother. In addition, I am releasing my very first novel through Aspen in May called The Lost Spark. It's a magical adventure about a girl named Angie who must try to save her grandfather from losing his mind. It's built on the premise that we all have one special toy or stuffed animal or "spark" that we bonded with as children. We used our imagination to create magic with it. As we get older, we forget about it -- our sparks are sold or lost or thrown away. But if we can reconnect with them, we can recreate the magic. Angie must find her missing spark in order to find out who stole her grandfather's spark. It's a very special story for me and one I've been extremely eager to tell.
Cosmic Book News would like to thank J.T. Krul for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer our questions, and we would also like to thank Nick Barrucci and Josh Green of Dynamite for helping make this interview possible.
“The Owl” #1 (of 4) hits stores in July!