Matt Fraction and Word Balloon host John Siuntres have a last
conversation about the books he's wrapping up, and the ones that
are just beginning.
From this week's debut of The Invincible Iron Man, to his wrap ups
of The Order
and The Immortal Iron Fist, from co-writing the Uncanny X-men with
Ed Brubaker, to wrapping up the current arc of his Image creator
owned book Casanova.
During the conversation Fraction said there is an eventual end
sight for his run on Punisher War Journal, after which he'll
the book over to his pal, and current co-writer Rick
Fraction discussed the road ahead, starting with the current
"We're at payoff time for Punisher... I knew coming this
I knew right away if you're going to make your stand on
do the ultimate Jigsaw story... Working with Rick Remender has
been a dream and has made the book sicker and more damaged
and explosive than I ever thought. If we could make a punisher
movie, it would be this story."
"After the Jigsaw arc, there's a little secret invasion tie-in
and then an
arc called King Frank...the Jigsaw arc and King Frank story is
my bruns been leading to from the beginning.After "King
step aside, and just let Rick tear it up. That's the plan, things
change, but that's the plan."
Some other highlights from the audio interview...
On The Invincible Iron Man, Fraction was pleased that the book
ended up matching so well with the film, so new readers can jump
"I had no advanced script to work from so it was me
trying to write the type of iron man comic that I hoped would
fit with the tone of the film."
On bringing the threat of young Ezekiel Stane from the Order
to the first IM story arc .
"I wanted to bring a Stane character back to the marvel
universe as soon as I heard that Jeff Bridges was playing
Obediah Stane in the film. That's when I created Stane's
On the possibility of members of The Order possibly showing up
new Iron man book
"I don't what the etiquette is bring back characters from your
canceled comic, but love Henry and Tony talking together so I
imagine Henry will show up soon."
On wrapping up his run on Iron Fist,
" The idea of leaving really scared me so I Knew it was
the right thing to do. Ed was leaving after this arc, David just
had a kid, so he has to dial back forawhile...it was just sort of
"why are we staying?" You know, if they Clash had quit after London
Calling they'd be the greatest band of all-time... So rather than
be thought of as the guy who ruined Iron Fist, after Brubaker left,
I thought it was time to go."#15 is another one shot look back at
an earlier Iron Fist, Bi Fang Wen during the first England-India
Opium War, and #16 is called "Happy Birthday Danny"
which will be our swan song"
On co-writing the the X-Men with Brubaker
"Ed and I have put together this 25 issue super arc,
and we're switching off on stories. #500 we did
together,then I'm doing 501- 503, then Ed will come back on
"There isn't a core x- team, but (instead) a very big
ensemble. So characters will come in when we need them... The
Mutants have adopted San Francisco as their new home, and are
sending the word out, that all Mutants are welcomed by the
On writing Cyclops
"Scott has always been the moral center of the book and When
book of the X-Men is finally closed, it'll be pretty clear it
Scott's story. Xavier's dream is over, it's now Scott's dream
the future of mutant kind is on the line. We're having to see
as a man of faith, who has to put his beliefs and actions in
he never had to before...it's one thing when he made decisions as
team's leader, he's now leading the whole Mutant race, and lives
with the idea that "Every decision I make affects the survival of
On wrapping up the current Casanova arc with next week's issue
"I think (this arc) is the best story I've ever
written. Everything is revealed,some people live, some people die,
and everyone has to pay the piper."