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MDCU Creator Spotlight

Digital Comics Creator Spotlight: Jay Faerber

Writer Jay Faerber discusses the power of Captain Universe

Every week, we'll tap one creator to browse Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited and pick some of their favorite work from the expansive catalog. This week: former GENERATION X and NEW WARRIORS writer Jay Faerber!


"When [editor] Mark Paniccia approached me about writing a Captain Universe project, he already had a rough outline of what he wanted to see. In a nutshell, he wanted five different heroes to be granted the Captain Universe powers. Those heroes were the Hulk, Daredevil, X-23, the Invisible Woman, and the Silver Surfer. With those marching orders, I was pretty much turned loose. "The blueprint Mark laid out provided a great opportunity to play all across the Marvel Universe. I got to play with classic characters like Hulk, Daredevil, Silver Surfer, and the Invisible Woman, while also writing rising stars like X-23 and the new Scorpion. Plus I was able to work in a particular old favorite: Gladiator. Gladiator leads me to probably my favorite bit in an assignment with quite a few favorite bits, namely, the Invisible Woman issue.


"One of my favorite old Fantastic Four comics was issue #249 by John Byrne, where Gladiator takes on and defeats the Fantastic Four. "So as I plotted out the Invisible Woman issue of the CAPTAIN UNIVERSE series, I got the idea to bring Gladiator back for a rematch...but this time, the Invisible Woman would have the Captain Universe powers, and the battle would have quite a different outcome. And that double-page spread of the Invisible Woman using her force-field to protect a city from a tidal wave? Pure gold."
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