I love the honesty in this John Wagner response from the Dark Judges CBR interview:
I have to confess that part of the reason I brought Judges Fear, Fire and Mortis back is that I’m considering writing a new story to reunite the four, with the excellent Greg Staples on art. My problem with the Dark Judges, and the reason that I’ve left them so long, is that I find it difficult to write any story without adding large dollops of black humor. This, however, tends to diminish characters like Judge Death, to dilute their level of menace. If I couldn’t handle them in the way they deserved, then it was better to leave them alone. So I’ve been prevaricating on a new story ever since Greg suggested it — until last week when he sent me a Dark Judge illustration he’d done. It was out of this world, simply stunning, and it made me think more seriously about a comeback. I’ll be considering it over the coming weeks. If I can find a way to make it work (without the humor!), then the project is on.
Maybe I’m so used to a more American, more “on” interview where everything is relentlessly upbeat and confident – “This is the greatest thing I’ve ever done!” and so on – but there’s something charming to me about admitting that you tend to write against the characters you’ve created and need to get over that in order for a future project to happen. Let’s have more reflective creator interviews in comics!