· Show the Youi Insurance commercial: Black House Comics decked out Kings Comics in Sydney, with the Ad based on Issue 1 and concept art from issue 2. Production photos, including statue created for shoot, on Facebook page and blog listed in latest issue (Inside cover)
· Soldier Legacy comics: Coming to the middle of the Story Arc, which will lead on the road to the climax. Issue 1 is the Origin story. Issue 2 was essentially Act 1, latest issue in Act 2.
o Young ‘Soldier’: Dangers are beginning to reveal themselves- new allies and enemies emerging, out of his depth (realistically, he began the night thinking it would be a simples ‘stakeout’ on some stolen property in a quiet Brisbane suburban park.) Pieces falling together and it’s not as simple as he first thought.
o The beauty part of the stories is that they are slowly revealing who he is and what makes him tick. As all throughout the current story we see a guy who is trying to honour his grandfather’s ‘Legacy”, he wants to do well, but is unsure if he’s doing the right thing. Even he questions his motives. And we will know by the climax that his grandfather’s example wasn’t the only reason he chose to wear the mask. There must be other motivating factors driving this guy, and the next issue will shed some light on this still-mysterious vigilante.
o Plus the quiet Brisbane Suburbs is just going to erupt with these new gangs on the scene, all wanting the young guy’s head.
· Same with the World War 2 ‘Soldier’:
o We’re learning puzzle pieces about what drives this guy, who he is, but also what he’s gone through in this war. In issue one, when he is in Kirby's battalion before Kirby saves his life, he’s bitter. In issue 4, we start to learn what made his guy jaded.
o This is hinted in parts in the series that he’s not always the confident Eastwood type- he has these inner conflicts: he missing his family, he misses Australia, but he has this perseverance- he’s honouring his mate and he knows if he stops, he and his fellow soldiers die. But looking at his psyche, he's flawed. He’s not the super powered one man army, he’s a bloke in a mask in a horrible situation. Though we realise he’s out in the jungle by himself, he’ll soon realise that he needs to rely on others for help, like we all do. And there’s conflict in this drama too- Like ‘The Outlaw Josey Wales’- take a guy who wants to operate alone, but slowly finds himself stuck with all these ‘hangers on’, that he’ll realise he needs to survive the mission. What mission is that? It began in issue 2, and we learn more in 3 that it's not a simple "rescue the Aussie POW". It's much more personal than that.
· Plus the action is going to kick up into a High gear- We still got a crazy tank running around in the jungle, and we are moving closer to Saidor (this is where historically, the Aussie meet the Americans), and on to take control of Madang Airstrip, held by the enemy.
· Historical figures will make a cameo in the book- particularly because the guys at the top begin to hear about this bloke running around with his own agenda – this guy isn’t Captain America or Sgt. Fury, he’s an Aussie with a distrust for Authority- the way he sees it, if a mate is in trouble, "stuff the poms and the yanks" running the show.
o Plus we will also see more of Leonard the New Guinea 'Fuzzy Wuzzy' native, and Keiji, the Japanese soldier branded a traitor. Issue 3 begins to touch on their personal journey; I like building on story of supporting characters that aren’t always pushing the traditional, Caucasian hero.
Soldier 4 is aimed at April (in time for The Gold Coast Supanova), with 5 and perhaps 6 coming before the year’s out.
Plus, more to add to the Soldier Legacy timeline with the earlier incarnation of the solider appearing in the current issue of ‘Dark Detective: Sherlock Holmes’, crossing paths with the dreaded and mysterious Dr. Nikola, who’s certainly no slouch in the combat department. I’m very pleased that Chris Sequiera, Phil Cornell and Baden Kirgan have allowed me to play a little in the Holmesian sandbox, and also having Chris help adding to the Soldier mythos.