Indie Comics Underground spoke to R.J. Shaw about his comic - Thomas Valiant - Now funding on Indiegogo
Are Thomas and his new team considered outlaws or are the authorities just highly suspect of them?
One (Ostrich) is an old villain; two others (Phantasm and Feral) are wanted for breaking the conduct rules for super powered individuals in the city they live in; two others (Pulse and Disk) are mistrusted for their questionable military service (i.e. they became mercenaries); and Valiant himself becomes suspect by trying to bring together such a team.
What are Thomas Valiant's powers?
If you’re a comic fan, think of a cross between Mr. Fantastic and Plastic Man. If you’re a D&D fan, think of a cross between a slime and a gelatinous cube. If you’re an anime fan, think Rimuru Tempest. And if you know them all, put a little bit of each of them together.
However, up to the point of the story, Valiant mainly used his powers for disguise and deception. But, being the head of this new team, he will have to start using them in a more offensive way.
You have put together a fantastic team of talents to work on this comic. How did the team come together?
My team - Renzo Rodriguez and Nik Axe – both contacted me when I announced (on my YouTube Channel – The Fourth Age) that I would be doing a graphic novel. Both asked if they could be part of this project. It appears that my constant droning on about the “nature of a true hero” on my channel has really struck a chord with a lot of people. And two of those people just happened to be amazing artists.
If this book is successful, and there is no reason to believe it won't be, what does the future look like? Can we look forward to more Thomas Valiant?
Yes. Although I would like to introduce different kinds of characters in different parts of this world, the mainstay for what I will be producing over the next few years will be Valiant and his team. I love this world (and so do my artists) and I want to tell as many stories about it as I can.
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