I wish I knew why this fascinates me so much. Then again, maybe not so much, because the fact that the Mr. T comic is only days away from release totally caught me off guard till I found the link on Jimmy Beck's blog. No matter: the interview creator Chris Bunting gives is nothing short of genius:
WE’VE GOT MR.T HERE, AND WE ALL KNOW WHO HE IS, BUT WHAT’S THE COMIC GOING TO BE ABOUT?
CHRIS BUNTING: The first issue of Mr.T is almost a mystery thriller that takes place in a real world, very street level setting. A lot of strange stuff is going on in an inner city neighborhood, including a dangerous new designer drug. The area’s really falling into ruin because of it. Someone needs to put things straight … but the only person who can do that is nowhere to be seen. Maybe this person is nothing more than an urban myth?
Let’s be honest, we could let Mr.T’s name alone sell this comic book for us, sit back and do some hack work. We’re not. We’re here to tell the coolest and most entertaining stories possible, featuring this terrific, iconic character. Mr.T is going to be a comic with a real entertainment factor. It’ll be modern and full of action, adventure and intrigue. We’ve some big plans with this big star!
SOUNDS INTERESTING! BUT THERE MUST BE OTHER CHARACTERS. TELL ME ABOUT THEM…
CHRIS BUNTING: Sure, I’ll cover the familiar first. The star of the comic is of course non other than Mr.T himself. Now, everyone knows who Mr.T is from his starring roles in TV and wrestling to guest-appearances in rap videos and high-rating cartoon shows. But there will still be those that ask, “what does the T stand for?” Well, the answer will also shed light on his comic character too, so I’ll run through it. The “T” stands for tender for the good guys and trouble for the bad guys. This is going to be the Mr.T we all know and love -- like they say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
Next up is a guy named Wild Dog. He’s a troubled powerhouse, possibly as strong as Mr.T, but his connection to Mr.T is unclear until later.
Then there’s Mizz K, bright, beautiful and very deadly. What’s her role in all this? Again, I can’t say without giving too much away. We also have Doctor Johnson … and the mysterious character that is Detective Raziel.
Last but not least is the Padilla crime family.
And it's even got a healthy crime element! Should have known...