Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti talk about creating the new Human Bomb with Jerry Ordway at CBR. This is what they had to say about the new Human Bomb four-part mini-series.
You mentioned his origin is completely different. What are these four issues about? Is this an origin story for Human Bomb or are we thrown into the middle of his story?
Gray: We’re sort of plunked down in the middle of what’s happening to him as he unravels the mystery of who he is, why he has certain abilities and how that came about. It’s tied deeply to the story itself in moving him forward; it’s part mystery, it’s part science fiction, and there’s a lot of humanity in the character as he’s struggling to deal with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and understand what’s real and what’s not.
Palmiotti: The important thing for us was to make these books approachable to people who have no idea who the Human Bomb is. If you start at Issue #1, by the time you’re done with the miniseries you’ll know all you need to know. And again, we’re keep the people who have been fans for a while in mind — they’re going to get what we’re doing and the people who are new to the book, I think, are going to enjoy our take on it. But we definitely made the book approachable for new fans because we realize that even though the character has a long history there’s a lot of people who don’t really know who he is.
Gray: And we definitely wanted to take the concept of a human bomb and branch out further from what you’ve seen before of a guy in the radioactive suit, having to keep himself contained out of fear of doing harm to others, and we looked at the idea of making a bigger mythology to what the Human Bomb is and what it means.
Palmiotti: Yeah, I mean the idea of somebody who can just explode, it’s a really abstract concept! So for us it was, “How do we make sense of this? How do we make the reader care about who he is and what his powers are and then pull you in to a wild story?” We definitely looked at it from a lot of different angles and came up with what you see in front of you — and we think it’ll make a lot of people happy, hopefully!
I really how Justin and Jimmy are building the characters that create the Freedom Fighters before we see them as a team. We’ve already seen new 52 Ray, (who I assume is) Uncle Sam, Phantom Lady, Doll Man, and Human Bomb. I wonder which Quality character will get a shot at a mini next? Black Condor? Firebrand? Miss America? The Red Bee? The Invisible Hood? Neon the Unkown? The Jester? Mango? The Red Torpedo? Manhunter? Plastic-Man? Max Mercury?