There has been a recent surge of bronze age comic book characters making a return to the world of comics. After super hero comics made a bold revival in the 1960′s, there was a mad time of invention and experimentation involving monsters, kung fu and even science fiction. A combination of two of these ideas was the robotic cyborg soldier known as Deathlok. Many of the
comics published in what has become known as the ‘Bronze Age’ were once ridiculed as outlandish and absurd but with many writers who grew up on the material, these ideas are finding a way back.
Just announced at the San Diego Comic Convention, the new Deathlok series could put the character back on the map. Former Moon Knight writer Charlie Huston and artist Lan Medina (of Foolkiller) will be penning a 7 issue mini-series published under Marvel’s adult ‘MAX’ line starting later this year.
Set in a dark future of the Marvel Universe, Deathlok is the only ‘hero’ in his world. The product of a corporate experiment that starts with the military and expands into the toy market, the new Deathlok series is a bit of the old along with something new.
“I was a big science fiction guy, and I was probably 11 or 12, and even then I liked stories with dystopian and apocalyptic futures. Plus, Deathlok was another great visual character like Moon Knight [Who Huston discovered around the same time as Deathlok]. Also, I liked the way the character was written in ‘Astonishing Tales’ with the internal dialogue between Manning and Deathlok; there was a separate entity that was Deathlok,” Huston told CBR News. “It was a team concept from Moench and Buckler, and Moench was doing stuff that nobody else was doing, at least not in the comic books I was reading. It just felt different, and I always liked the dark stuff.”
“For the corporate armies, I tried to use as many of the businesses mentioned in the Deathlok stories as possible. Roxxon is, of course, the most obvious. The army that employs Manning and Travers is Roxxon,” Huston explained. “Then I did the same thing with character names. Simon Ryker is in this, and Doctor Hellinger, who was a big character in the original, is a major antagonist here. There’s a minor C.I.A. agent character in the ‘Astonishing Tales’ stories who plays a major role here, and I took a character who was a gangster in ‘Astonishing Tales,’ and now he’s the head of a toy division in Roxxon.”
“This is science fiction in the broadest possible sense,” Huston stated. “It’s not ‘Hard Sci Fi,’ where you take a science concept and try to extrapolate it to its natural conclusion. It’s two-fisted, pulp-adventure, science fiction.”
For any fans of his work on Moon Knight, this should be a book worth checking out.