‘Infinity Gauntlet’ No. 1 preview: Gerry Duggan, Dustin Weaver get cosmic

Feb. 17, 2015 | 7:00 a.m.
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Dustin Weaver's cover for "Infinity Gauntlet" No. 1. (Dustin Weaver / Marvel Entertainment)

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Skottie Young's variant cover for "Infinity Gauntlet" No. 1 pays homage to 1991's "Infinity Gauntlet" No. 4 cover by George Perez. (Skottie Young / Marvel Entertainment)

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Dustin Weaver's concept art for new characters in "Infinity Gauntlet." (Dustin Weaver / Marvel Entertainment)

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Dustin Weaver's concept art for new characters in "Infinity Gauntlet." (Dustin Weaver / Marvel Entertainment)

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Dustin Weaver's concept art for new characters in "Infinity Gauntlet." (Dustin Weaver / Marvel Entertainment)

As Marvel kicks off its massive new Secret Wars event in May, it will be Gerry Duggan and Dustin Weaver teaming up to present a reimagined “Infinity Gauntlet.”

Written by Duggan (“Deadpool”) and Weaver (“Edge of Spider-Verse”) with cover and pencils by Weaver, this “Infinity Gauntlet” will chronicle the adventures of a young woman named Anwen Bakian, who lives with her dad, sister and grandfather in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, searching for food and hiding from enormous insects.

When Anwen discovers a mysterious stone that potentially holds considerable cosmic power, however, her circumstances change.

Hero Complex readers can check out exclusive “Infinity Gauntlet” artwork, including Skottie Young’s homage to the original “Infinity Gauntlet” No. 4 cover and character sketches, in the gallery above or in the links below.

‘INFINITY GAUNTLET’ No. 1: Dustin Weaver’s cover | Skottie Young’s variant cover | Concept art 1 | Concept art 2 | Concept art 3 | Concept art 4

In email interviews, Duggan and Weaver also shared with Hero Complex some information about what readers should expect from his collaboration with Weaver — issue No. 1 arrives in May.

Hero Complex: What kind of inspiration did you take from Jim Starlin’s original series?

Gerry Duggan: I’ve been a fan of Mr. Starlin’s since buying his comics off of spinner racks as a kid. He’s been a big time influence on me. The difference here is that this version of the Mad Titan is a little bit more mysterious…and our heroes don’t know to fear the name Thanos.

Dustin Weaver: When I was offered this job, I hadn’t read any of Jim Starlin’s original “Infinity Gauntlet.” Before I officially accepted the job I started reading the original and I was happy to find that there is really good stuff there. I could see why people like it. I knew that this would have to be different. There’s no point in retelling that story. So, in a way, the original showed me things that this story shouldn’t be. But the fun and creativity in the original is inspiring and I want to honor that by trying to create something new with that same spark.

HC: Were there other points of inspiration or other influences that had an impact on the direction of the book?

GD: Being honest, this story wouldn’t be happening without the story that Jonathan Hickman has been building for the last few years. We needed time to run out in order to tell this tale. This is an opportunity that has only come about because of that story. As for what influences me, I’m into comedy, science-fiction, westerns. I think those flavors turn up in most of my work.

DW: Oh yeah. I would say, in general, the work of Hayao Miyazaki is a big influence on me, but with this story in particular I’ve drawn inspiration specifically from “Nausicaa” and “My Neighbor Totoro.” The depiction of the family in “Totoro” and the action and dense page layouts in the “Nausicaa” comic were big reference points for me. I’m also setting out to make an action adventure sci-fi. So I’ve also found myself thinking a lot about filmmakers like Spielberg and James Cameron.

HC: Thanos appears on the cover of No. 1. What can you say about his role here? And how did you approach writing/drawing him?

GD: For my part, I’ve been taking my cues from Dustin. He’s such a talented guy. His drawing of a more grizzled and somewhat defeated but defiant Titan was a real inspiration for me. There’s nothing more thrilling in a comics collaboration than when your partner says, writes or draws something that you would never even think of. Dustin is going to make me look pretty, pretty, pretty good.

DW: Ah, Thanos… This is a more grizzled version of the character; he caries the weight of his experiences. He’s colder, more mysterious, and impenetrable. But you can be certain, some things about Thanos will never change.

HC: Were you given any particular mandates by Marvel for this new “Infinity Gauntlet” series? How much room is there for invention in the storytelling?

GD: Marvel encourages creators to play rough with the toys. They’re quite durable. In the case of this series, you’ll see some old ideas and characters in a new way, while being introduced to brand new concepts. There’s one idea in particular that I would love to tell you about, but Marvel holds all the Infinity Stones and would erase my answer from this timeline.

DW: Yeah. Being inventive in the storytelling was actually the mandate. Sure, there are going to be certain parameters for a job of this nature, but those don’t need to be obstacles for creativity. On the contrary, often parameters are what force you to be more creative. Really, my feeling has been that what Marvel wants from me is to create in the way that I create. They’ve hired me to do what I do, and they push me to do it the best I can.

HC: Could you describe Anwen Bakian and the characters that will take readers through the adventure?

GD: Anwen is the reader’s lens into this world, and having written another young hero for Marvel, I can tell that inexperienced characters are a real gift. They make mistakes … and may trust the wrong characters. Anwen is another great character in that great Marvel tradition. She’s a hero with just as many problems in her personal life as she’s got while she’s adventuring. Those problems are intertwined in this series. Anyone curious about the Marvel Cosmic Universe is going to get a real kick out of this comic.

DW: This is a story about a family. It’s about being a parent as much as it’s about growing up. Anwen is the older of two sisters. She is smart and courageous. She’s in a difficult place of needing salvation and realizing that it might have to come from within, which I think is growing up.

HC: How would you characterize the overall tone of this series?

GD: It’s a post-apocalyptic-coming-of-age-action-adventure yarn.

DW: My hope is that it will be fun and adventurous with heart and intelligence.

— Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex | Facebook

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