Howard Porter On Redesigning The Heroes Of JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000
Justice League 3000 doesn’t come out for another month, but it has been on of DC‘s most talked about new books. Fans were delighted to hear that the classic Justice League International team of Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis would be taking on the Justice League of the far off future. Kevin Maguire was supposed to handle art duties for the series, but he had a very public and kind of nasty departure from the title not long after it was official announced. Howard Porter redesigned the Leaguers of the future, so he was a natural choice to take over. Porter recently spoke to CBR about getting back into comics, redesigning the characters, and even Maguire‘s departure.
Porter said he was given the task of redesigning the Justice League by editor Joey Cavalieri, whom he had worked with on Green Lantern #23.2: Mogul. There’s was a brief back and forth to nail the new looks down and Porter was able to knock it out over a weekend. Batman did give him a little trouble though:
[Cavalieri] asked if I would help out with the “JL3K” thing, and I said “yes” faster than he could finish asking me the question. He e-mailed me the descriptions of how each of the characters were being treated, the tone of what the book would be, and I was off to the races. Fortunately, with fairly minimal back and forth we were able to hammer out the drawings on a Friday, and I did color treatments over that weekend. Working that fast has its advantages in that you can’t over think things and suffer from analysis paralysis.
The one design that gave us a bit of trouble was Batman. Initially I tried to do something that played off of [Frank] Miller’s “Dark Knight” armor, which he used to fight Superman. However, it didn’t work well and it ended up looking too clunky and generic. So we scrapped that idea, and headed down a path similar to Batman Beyond. Also, they weren’t very receptive to my idea of Alfred 3000.
If I recall correctly, we also tried a few different things with the Flash’s head gear. I think there was a version where he had nothing on his face, one where he looked a bit like Kid Flash with a half-mask and hair showing, and finally the one with the bandana.
While Porter turned in the designs, Maguire was supposed to be the artist on the series. While the specifics weren’t revealed, it wasn’t the most pleasant of departures and Porter found himself in a less than ideal situation. He’s a fantastic artist, so that’s not a problem. Porter talks about the situation he’s now in:
It is the exact opposite of how you want to start off a project, and while it started off bittersweet, things seemed to have worked out pretty well. Any anxiety I had at the start is pretty much gone and I have a very positive outlook on this project.
That said, I certainly am uncomfortable with people on the Internet comparing the two of us. It doesn’t feel good to get torn apart, and it’s not much better to get a compliment that’s followed by the trashing of someone else.
You can read the full interview with Porter by clicking here. Justice League 3000‘s story is still largely a secret, but with Giffen and DeMatteis on the title readers will give it a chance regardless. Porter‘s designs are very intriguing, so it will be interesting to see how he handles the futuristic settings. Will you be checking out Justice League 3000 next month?
Source : CBR