Marvel Comics spoke about Iron Man, Avengers, X-Men, and Spidey, but to end their “Next Big Thing” panel they capped it off with Werewolf by Night. Executive Editor Nick Lowe was joined by Benjamin Jackendoff to talk about the series with a surprise appearance from Taboo later in the panel.
Jackendoff is co-writing the series with Taboo and said the book is doing a few different things including analog vs. digital or nature vs. the digital world of technology. The main character is a custodian to nature. “How do we live in balance with new technologies being created,” Jackendoff said, “versus how do we stay in touch with nature.” Lowe said the book has a good amount of horror, body horror included, while Taboo said the book is still accessible by a younger audience.
Taboo said he was a comic book kid and toy collector, but also “I loved Clive Barker movies, I’ve grown up with that style of entertainment and it was cool to do it at a level that wasn’t over the top…but keeping it PG, making sure my kids can read it.” Taboo went on to say the book is about urban natives connecting to their heritage and said he used his own story learning about his heritage from his grandmother. “This is not a native America story, it just happens to be Jake is a Native and Mexican.” Taboo said it’s a story using a “hormone monster” and a coming of age tale.
Watch it below starting around the 38-minute mark.