In the newly launched limited series Electric Warriors, readers will be shown a DCU future that aligns with Jack Kirby’s post–Great Disaster Kamandi. Writer Steve Orlando and artist Travel Foreman will be telling new stories with new characters, unfolding in between Kamandi’s time period and that of the Legion of Super-Heroes.
To mark the release of issue #1, Orlando discussed the series with Newsarama.
On exploring the DCU’s future:
“I have always loved the possibility of the future, especially in comics and science fiction! Coming in between ‘Days of Future Past’ and JLA‘s ‘Rock of Ages,’ I loved the anything-goes storytelling of these possible futures. Comics are wild, and when all bets are off in the future, they’re at their wildest! ‘Rock of Ages,’ especially, has always been a benchmark for me, as long as in the wild futures of books like Justice League 3000 and OMAC. So I was, suffice it to say, a fan of DC’s future timeline, all awaiting us as we read in the present, waiting for the future to solidify as it meets us day by day.”
On the genesis of the project:
“[It] came from looking at the DC timeline and seeing possibility. This time period between two iconic eras was largely unexplored, and it gave us a chance to create a new world and new stories that would welcome in longtime readers with its rich foundation of DC lore, as well as welcome new readers since every single character is brand new. We’ve remixed the DCU into the future, and we can’t wait for you to see it.”
On tying into the work of Jack Kirby
“His work is the springboard for this. Earth has survived the Great Disaster as seen in Kamandi, and we are now pushing forward into the future as liberated humans attempt to live side-by-side with the intelligent animal tribes that kept them in cages for generations. The Wild Human Reserve of Kamandi has been torn down, and the next generation of humans who were born free has to reckon with the pain fo generations past.”
His overall message to the fans?
“Follow Electric Warriors for you dose of unadulterated energy every month from me and Travel Foremon, and Hi-Fi colors. These pages are crackling, no pun intended, and these characters scream for you to find out more about them. This is your future pop culture dose to power you through your month, the energy living in your veins and the fight for the future — really, the same fight we’re fighting today. And fighting? I think maybe…that’s just being human.”
You can read Orlando’s entire interview HERE.