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Comics writer Joe Keatinge aims for variety of tales

First collection of ‘Glory' revamp explores space-born warrior on earth; Joe Keatinge also has a date set with Marvel Comics vampire
by Matthew Price Published: September 14, 2012
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Keatinge said “Intergalactic” will tend toward the Arthur C. Clarke or Stanislaw Lem branch of science fiction.

“All the sci-fi that I tend to enjoy as a reader ... tend to be more grounded; fantastic things may happened, but it's definitely human-based and the technology is all plausible. That's the kind of stuff I really like; ‘2001: A Space Odyssey' is one of my favorite movies.”

The book will focus on a large family who has been involved in space travel.

“It is a complete departure from anything I've done before, in tone,” Keatinge said. “It's about this sprawling, large family dynasty. It's about them, and how they deal with each other, and the ways they don't get along, or get along, and how complicated family can get. And it's a much more subtle book than anything I've done before.”

And Keatinge is also setting up shop with Marvel Comics. A series featuring Marvel villain Thanos was announced, then canceled, but the planned creative team is coming back together for “Morbius: The Living Vampire.”

“Working with Marvel on ‘Morbius' is hugely exciting for me. Being teamed up with my ‘Thanos: Son of Titan' collaborator, Rich Elson, has me absolutely ecstatic. There hasn't been a Marvel book quite like this one before — I'm very thrilled with what they're letting us do on the book.”

Leading into “Morbius,” Keatinge will write issue 699.1 of “Amazing Spider-Man.” As for what to expect from Keatinge in the future, his only promise is continuing variety.

“I want to do all sorts of comics. I don't want to do just one type of comic,” he said. “I started off doing creator-owned, and now I'm doing work with Marvel ... I have a wide variety of interests, I don't see the reason to pigeonhole yourself in what you do.”

by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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