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Soo Lee dishes on new starts and pop music in ‘Thundercats: Cheetara’

‘Thundercats: Cheetara’ debuts on July 3.

Earlier this month, the AIPT Comics Podcast hosted writer Soo Lee to talk about Thundercats: Cheetara. But if you didn’t quite get your fill, we once more touched base with Lee to talk all things Cheetara/Thundercats.

The Cheetara book spins directly out of the popular main title from Declan Shalvey and Drew Moss, and sees Lee joined by artist Domenico Carbone. Together, the pair have crafted a story that happens “before her arrival on Third Earth…before the destruction of Thundera,” in which Cheetara is “wrapped in a stifling life of Thunderian nobility — a young woman with secrets.” Just what are those secrets, and how will they shape young Cheetara and perhaps eventually the Thundercats? You’ll have to read issue #1 when it debuts on July 3.

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As for AIPT’s second chat with Lee, this time around we addressed any advice she received from Shalvey/Moss, the scope of Cheetara’s adventures, working with Carbone, and her past experiences writing strong leads, among other topics/tidbits.

Soo Lee dishes on new starts and pop music in 'Thundercats: Cheetara'

Main cover by Sozomaika. Courtesy of Dynamite.

AIPT: Why do you think the Declan Shalvey and Drew Moss-penned Thundercats series resonated with people so much?

Soo Lee: It’s an incredible team and the original cartoon series is so iconic.

AIPT: Similarly, have you gotten any input/advice from that clever duo?

SL: Declan, our editor Nate [Cosby], and I talked about what the future of the series would be even though our series don’t tie in but I wanted to get inspiration for what I wanted to write about.

AIPT: How does your book specifically spin out of Thundercats (feel free to spoil as much or as little as you want)?

SL: I don’t want to spoil it, but there’s not much. It’s a clean slate and a whole new story.

AIPT: Once she’s actually on her own, what can we expect from Cheetara’s adventures? How do they compare to the main book?

SL: I elaborate on some of her more “hidden” powers and show how capable she truly is, as her own character and how important she is to the team.

Cheetara

Courtesy of Dynamite.

AIPT: Why was Cheetara the natural choice to get her own book/series?

SL: I think she might be the second most interesting character in the series and why not elaborate on the most important woman in Lion-o’s life?

AIPT: What was it like working with artist Domenico Carbone? What do they bring to the table?

SL: Domenico is such a talented artist. We didn’t want a Cheetara that was overtly sexualized and treated with respect and he listened. I’ve been trying to encourage him to draw the series in his vision with light guidance but also in a way that he might follow the story in the way I imagine it to be. I also keep in touch by sending lots of compliments to his work as the pages come in!

AIPT: You’ve created some great books with really strong leads (Disney Villains: Maleficent, Carmilla: The First Vampire). How does Cheetara compare to those two (aside from maybe being just a liiiiitle more noble and just)?

SL: I imagine Cheetara to be the leading role behind the curtains of the leader. Cheetara also is very strong and certain of who she is, so it’s a lot of fun writing the voice of a woman who is confident.

AIPT: Does being an artist maybe make you a better or more well-rounded writer?

SL: I don’t know about well-rounded, but I write scripts the way I think would make sense to an artist, visually. I want to tell the story but leave the panel and character direction to Domenico. I also like to write a single sentence synopsis for him to read, so he can get an idea of what the page would be about before he starts drawing. Hopefully, that’s helpful.

Cheetara

Courtesy of Dynamite.

AIPT: Do you have a favorite moment or page to tease the book and story?

SL: Honestly, the characters are a bit younger and I think that’s the most fun reveal to me and how Domenico’s style depicts them. It looks really good!

AIPT: You’re also doing variant covers for this series. Do you use those to maybe hint at some secrets or tease anything about the actual issue?

SL: Yes, actually, I do! You nailed it.

AIPT: Do you see the Thundercats’ comics universe growing in the future? Who should get the next solo book from the team? Please say Snarf.

SL: I do because the series that Declan and Drew are working on, is such a hit. I think it would make sense for Panthro to get one, if there was another spin-off! Snarf would be cool, too; he’s so cute and really smart.

AIPT: If Cheetara had a theme song, what would it be and why?

SL: I’m never good with these questions. I bet I’ll have a better answer after I finish this. Maybe something from ABBA or Queen.

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