Brian K. Vaughan Week continues with a nice profile in The Wall Street Journal:
Mr. Vaughan’s stories often stem from a single “what if” scenario. “What if your parents were super-villains?” asks the teen comic “Runaways.” “Ex Machina” imagines what would happen if a superhero ran for public office.
Dialogue in Mr. Vaughan’s comics is typically crisp and witty. His page turns are pregnant pauses — cliffhangers like the devastating “after these messages” of Sunday morning cartoons. “He understands how to use the medium to exploit its abilities in ways that other writers don’t get,” says Diana Schutz, an executive editor at Dark Horse Comics. “Comics don’t work like novels or movies.”
When he was pitching “Y: The Last Man,” Mr. Vaughan plotted out a five-year story arc at the request of Vertigo chief Karen Berger. She was impressed that Mr. Vaughan could reinvent the clichéd idea of an apocalypse. “We joked that on paper it sounded like a B-movie,” she says. “But he quickly figured it out in terms of plotting. He understands the dramatic beats.”