St. Louis’ Playback talks with writer Joe Casey about the January relaunch of Rob Liefeld’s Youngblood at Image:
Youngblood is a series that has had many false starts and unfinished stories. How much of that spotty prior history is considered canon for your new take on the characters, and what promises can you offer to fans that they won’t get burned again?
The series is designed so that if you’re familiar with the specific history and past stories of the characters, this series will seem like the next logical step. If you’re new to the characters and the concept, everything you’ll need to know about their past will be included in the comics.
Rob Liefeld’s name seems to stir up a lot of animosity among comics fans, yet the response to the announcement of your new series has been overwhelmingly positive. Were you surprised by that response?
Not really, because the affection that a generation of readers has for these characters is huge. It certainly outweighs anyone’s feelings about any one comic book professional. I’m just happy that readers seem to be excited about the comic. It’s a big part of why we do this.
The second part of the interview is set to appear on Dec. 28.