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Rob Liefeld was one of the hottest names in comics in the 90’s. A brash and dynamic art style with a personality to match, Liefeld made a lasting impression on the X-Men corner of the Marvel Universe by creating Deadpool, Cable and many more. He moved on from Marvel to become one of the founding fathers of Image Comics, a seismic shift from the previous model of publishing and creator rights.
In the ensuing years Liefeld’s output has ebbed and flowed a bit, but his passion for comics, characters, story and the comic industry itself has never wavered. We recently had a chat with Rob about how he has been channeling that passion to help comic shops facing challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We also touch on his recently launched Robservations podcast and his latest endeavor, Snake Eyes Deadgame from IDW.
The series, starring one of the most popular characters from GI Joe lore, is a bucket list project for Liefeld who says the story is a “deep dive into the world of these GI Joe characters I’ve loved all entire life.” He goes on to say that the series will examine weapons of war, not only current weapons but also historical, mythological weapons.
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Perhaps what is most exciting about this series is the introduction of a new villain to the GI Joe mythos. To hear Liefeld describe him, he’s a “terrifying bad guy” who with the use of the Sword of the Dead had the ability to command armies of the dead. Liefeld also mentions that though we see this villain in the first issue we are not yet seeing his final look, which he describes as a blend of “shoguns, medieval knights and barbarians”. He really wanted to go beyond the classic GI Joe vs Cobra concept and do something more grand and the introduction of a powerful new villain may be what it takes to get there.
Liefeld had a lot more to say about the Snake Eyes Deadgame series, as well as auctioning original artwork to benefit comic shops impacted by the pandemic and his Robservations podcast, so be sure to listen to the full episode on The Comic Source podcast.