Rob Williams Miss Fury #2 Writers Commentary
Dynamite Entertainment sent over the following Rob Williams Miss Fury #2 writers commentary.
Follow along the preview pages as Rob Williams talks about his ideas for the book as well as the script.
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We open with a sense of Miss Fury's fractured sanity and a play on her penchant for self-harm. The figures flit between different characters in our cast. The old Nazi scientist she saw on the rooftop before falling into the time machine in #1. Captain Chandler, her lover, Harmon, the OSS agent she encountered on the rooftop. Who is friend or foe. She has no idea. Can she trust any of these people? Are they real? And through it all the key question of her journey. Good or evil. Which way will she turn by our story's end? And Marla Drake, Miss Fury's true identity, exists in the 1940s at the time of a great world war. Everyone has a choice to make - either you fight against evil, or you fight for it.
My guilty pleasure in comics is plane-crashing sequences. I've written a few over the years. They're just so cinematic. This is nicely drawn by Jack Herbert. Miss Fury shoots the lead pilot of the Messerschmitt 262 through the head with her 'Sienkiewicz ' Sniper Rifle(tm), but as he dies his plane crashes into his colleagues' and the two of them form a mass of flame and explosion that is suddenly rolling right down this future Manhattan street right towards Miss Fury.
Again, I love how comics allow you to break down this sort of action sequence. Miss Fury escapes the ball of flame by using the ejector seat of another crashed fighter jet. It shoots her up into the sky but she's not strapped in and is hanging on for her dear life. But her shoulder dislocates with the force and she falls from a huge height, seemingly to her death... only to land on the roof of a nearby building. This is Die Hard-type stuff. Out of the frying pan into the fire, then into another fire. Its what I wanted Miss Fury to be: on the one hand a (hopefully) sophisticated character piece about a troubled woman doubting her sanity, and on the other hand a big gonzo Hollywood action movie with big set-pieces.
Really like this page. Jack draws some very good talking head scenes. His character reference work is obviously very strong. Miss Fury’s body position here from the middle of the page on shows she’s not just going to sit there and be passive. Her final panel (which is great) shows the anger and attitude and a degree of insanity. I like the way he’s drawn Harmon’s strong finger in panel five too. ‘I’m in charge. Sit the hell down.’ There’s some strong visual storytelling here on a ‘dialogue’ page.
Such is her strength she can kick a table through a reinforced false-mirror wall. And then the ghost of the Old Nazi Scientist is standing there. But is she the only one who sees him. “You sent me through time, you Nazi bastard!” That’s a fun spot of dialogue.
Jack draws a nice ass, you can’t deny. I was really pleased with how this scene turned out. It’s a bit of a tantalising misdirect. We start out with the nude shot. The largely amoral Miss Fury in bed with her lover, Captain Chandler. But instead of this going to a soft-porn place, their conversation turns towards how Chandler got so badly burnt, and then he gets to the heart of her. Strips through the attitude. He tells her she’s a good person and she’ll find something she cares about enough to fight for. No one has ever said these things to her before.
Again, a cool page by Jack. When we started this project I suggested The Newsroom’s Olivia Munn as the basis for Marla Drake/Miss Fury ‘if it were a movie’. You can see that here in panel one. The final panel, with Miss Fury pulling her mask down, is great too. Going to work. Going to a murderous place. Even if she’s not 100% sure if her target really is a time-travelling Nazi, shape-shifting agent.
Flashing between different eras here. Pivotal moments. Miss Fury with the Sienkiewicz Rifle ™ in the broken future where the Nazis have won World War 2 and conquered America, the recurring image of the key telegram that brings Miss Fury some pivotal news, and then the old Nazi scientist, and the words he spoke to her before she fell into the time machine. “Ask yourself this, Who exactly are you REALLY being asked to kill? And by whom?” Cryptic, isn’t it?
RELIEF! The guy she just shot was actually a time-travelling Nazi, shape-shifting agent. On the minus side, she’s now being chased by time-travelling Nazi, shape-shifting agents. Big, terrifying, armoured ones. Ah well, you win some, you lose some.