Divine Intervention interview with Frank Barbiere
A conflicted, contract killer, could hardly be considered a hero. Things change when he stumbles into an ancient conflict between the Templar agency, a clandestine organization that protects powerful artifacts from falling into the wrong hands, and strange, demonic forces seeking to control the world. After gaining mysterious, angelic powers from a freak accident Marc must dive headfirst into a dangerous new world where he is hunted by deadly monsters who will stop at nothing to unlock the secret of his new powers and possess them for themselves.
ComicMonsters.com reporter Stephanie Shamblin Gray caught up with the writer of Divine Intervention, Frank Barbiere, to ask him a few questions about the book.
Stephanie Shamblin Gray: Can you tell us a little about the story of Divine Intervention?
Frank Barbiere: Divine Intervention tells the story of Marc Graham, a mourning hitman whose life of violence has led to the tragic death of his girlfriend. Marc manages to stumble into a conflict between the Templar Agency, a modern, re-imagined take on the
knights Templar who protect humanity from dangerous, religious artifacts, and a dark
warlock who seeks a specific artifact recently recovered by the Templars. In a
chance encounter with both sides, Marc manages to get his hands on said artifact and
absorbs its powers, thus becoming the target of all the forces at play. Things
progress as Marc tries to make sense of his new powers and escape his pursuers.
Ultimately, Marc seeks redemption in his new angelic powers and attempts to aid the
Templars in their battle against evil.
Stephanie Shamblin Gray: There are quite a few significant characters in this book. Without spoiling anything, what can you tell us about them?
Frank Barbiere: Part of the fun of creating this story world was populating it with the cast of characters. Though the book is relatively short, we tried to give readers a quick
snapshot of all the important players. Marc acts as our entry point, as he is
discovering this world along with the reader. Marc is a good man at heart, though
he doesn't believe in himself and has been trapped in a life of violence. The book
is very much about his personal journey to find his place in the world. On the
Templar side of things we have Gavin Oleander, a sharp-witted businessman who runs
the organization. Though he has a whole army at his disposal, his main field agent
is Charity, a red headed, leather clad woman who appears on the very first pages.
Charity is a battle-hardened, sword swinging warrior who never backs down from a
fight. As for the villain in our book, his name is Adel and he is a dark warlock
with an army of demons at his command. Though we don't get to see it, the book
insinuates there is a history between Oleander and Adel, and that's definitely
something I hope to explore in possible future volumes.
Stephanie Shamblin Gray: Where did you get the idea for the book?
Frank Barbiere: I've always been a fan of religious mythology as well as properties such as Hellboy and Men In Black. The idea of creating a story that revolves around an
organization that hunts pseudo-religious artifacts and protects humanity from the
unknown was always on my writerly to-do list, and merging it with the mythos of the
Knights Templar was just a creative "eureka" moment for me.
Stephanie Shamblin Gray: Tell us about working with the artist, J.C. Grande.
Frank Barbiere: J.C. was an absolute pleasure to work with. His sense of composition is fantastic and he knows how to make any page really pop for readers. J.C. inked the
book as well as drawing it, which was a huge relief for me as it allowed me to cut
down the amount of people I had to stay in contact with. He tore through the book
at a rapid pace and was totally excited by the material; as far as artists go, I
couldn't have hoped for a better partner. Luke Radl, the colorist, was also
fantastic; he was a late addition to the team and colored about a page a day when we
were crunching to get the book done! I really was blessed to find two fantastic
artists to help me tell this story.
Stephanie Shamblin Gray: Divine Intervention is a 66-page graphic novel. Any plans for another book or a monthly story?
Frank Barbiere: I would certainly love to revisit the world of Divine Intervention in the future as this book lays the groundwork for many more stories. I can't say for certain if
and when we will do more (we are all working on other projects at present), but I
already have some plans for new stories, as well as some character-specific tales
that will provide more insight into who these characters are and where they were
before the events in "Last Rites." If fans embrace the book we'll hopefully be able
to get to more sooner than later.
Stephanie Shamblin Gray: Where can our readers go for more information on the book and when will it be available?
Frank Barbiere: You can order Divine Intervention now from your local comic shop; it is in the July issue of PREVIEWS (JULY110808) and should be in stores for a September release!
Info for the book, as well as the many other projects I'm currently working on, can
be found at http://www.atlasincognita.com. Atlas Incognita is my "content branding"
label for the material I work on, and if folks like Divine Intervention I think they
will definitely be interested in some of the other books we have in production! Let
me also plug the Arcana website, http://www.arcana.com, which readers should
definitely check out. Arcana is a great publisher with a huge library of characters
Stephanie Shamblin Gray: Anything else you would like to say about Divine Intervention?
Frank Barbiere: I just want to personally thank anyone interested in the book and hope they enjoy the hard work we put in. I also certainly recommend that they check out all
the great indie books currently on the market. Also, support your local comic
shops! If you are interested in picking up a copy of DI for yourself, head over to
your local store and place an order!
Stephanie Shamblin Gray: Thank you, Frank, and good luck with the book! Comment on this interview here.
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Published on: 2011-08-12 (2011 reads)[ Go Back ]