Writing for the Harrisburg, Pa., Patriot-News, Chris Maunter talks with writer-artist Darwyn Cooke about his Spirit revival for DC Comics:
Q: Let’s talk about Ebony [The Spirit's African-American sidekick] for a minute. How important was it to you that he be included in the series, and can you talk about the ways you went about changing him?
A: It was incredibly important to me that he was a part of it, but it was certainly one of the most difficult things to decide how he was going to be a part of it.
I realized I wanted to have him save the day in the first book and come out of nowhere. … When we do see Ebony, automatically the black woman [reporter Ginger Coffee] in the scene throws it right out there at us. So we’re not jumping around it, it’s thrown right out there on the table. And we have our two guys defuse it in a very clever and offhand way. To me, that clears the decks and now we move forward.
The second issue of the series was released this week. You can read an online preview at the DC Comics website.