American comic book writer Ron Marz,who has worked on popular titles like ‘Green Lantern’ and ‘Batman/Aliens’,says Indian comics have the potential to reach an international level by embracing a juxtaposition of the epic heritage and sci-fi.
Marz,who has teamed up with Indian comic writers for a new series ‘Aveon 9’ published by Rovolt,said that a good story always clicks no matter what its influences are.
“The talent in India is vast,and there’s no reason Indian comics can’t stand shoulder to shoulder with comics from the US or Europe or Japan. Indian comics should embrace that epic heritage and culture,just as they should engage in the fantastic creations of science fiction and fantasy. A good story is a good story,no matter where it comes from,” said Marz.
‘Aveon 9’,set in a mystical planet thousands of years in the future,is the story of a pair of star-crossed lovers and a native as they fight against evil forces.
The series,inspired from Indian classics and western sci-fi,has a team of Indians and Americans working on it.
“Working on literally opposite sides of the world,the team has put together what I think is a seamless creation,” said Marz,who brought back popularity to ‘Green Lantern’ and has written for the ‘Star Wars’ series. Being an editor on ‘Aveon 9’,Marz said it was a different experience exploring new grounds,than working on superheroes like Green Lantern or Batman,who came with a history.
“Something like Green Lantern or Batman depends to a certain extent on the long histories of those characters. You’re playing in a playground that’s already established. For Aveon 9,we’re creating the entire playground,” he said.
“The biggest challenge was to become acquainted with this brand new world. Everything is being created from scratch,and it’s a vast and complex world.”
Comic series have been,more often than not,spinned into a film franchise and happy that Marz is about the phenomena,he says adpaters should pay more attention to the origin of the characters and story instead of just copying the text.
“There have been terrific films based on comics,and there have been lousy ones. I think the best approach is to make the best film from the source material,rather than being slavishly attentive to the details of the comic. Make the best movie,don’t just put a comic up on the screen,” said Marz.
‘Iron Man’,’Captain America’ and Christopher Nolan’s Batman films are some of Marz’s favourite.
“I’m a big fan of the recent Marvel films,especially the first Iron Man,Captain America and Thor,and the way it all came together in The Avengers. Nolan’s Batman films have been quite good as well,and I think you have to mention non-superhero films like Road to Perdition,” he said.
“I’d love to see any of my creator-owned stories,like Shinku or Samurai: Heaven and Earth,translated to film,” he added.