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Justin Jordan Talks REAVER, Writing and More

Updated: Jan 24, 2020

Justin Jordan first gained worldwide acclaim with THE STRANGE TALE OF LUTHER STRODE, an action comic he co-created with artist Tradd Moore. After the  success of that book, he's went on to work with almost every major comics publisher.

Two books at DC which were loved by fans were his runs on GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS and SIDEWAYS.

One thing that he's always done was keeping his feet firmly planted in the creator-owned world. This July, sees the release of his, and artist Rebekah Issacs, latest Image book, REAVER.

REAVER is a dark fantasy book that tells the story of "Hell's Half-Dozen" - a collection of six of the worst criminals the world of Madaras has to offer. This is the perfect book for "Game of Thrones" fans and any fan of dark fantasy books. Jordan is one of the most talented writers in the industry and this sure to be another hit. I was lucky enough to chat with him about his new book, which only heightened my anticipation. You guys are not gonna want to miss this one.

COMIC LOUNGE: What inspired you to become a writer?

JUSTIN JORDAN: I think it probably came built in, to be honest. I don't remember a time when I wasn't making up stories. It was how I played as a kid, even. But I never got away from it. Which is probably for

the best, because it's more or less the only thing I am actually good at.

I've also always loved comics. One of the earliest memories I have is 'reading' a Popeye comic when I was no more than two or three. And I never got away from it. I couldn't draw, though, so it took me until I was in college to realize that I could meet artists through the Internet and actually do comics.

CL: Who were some of your biggest influences growing up?

JJ: Oh man, it's hard to say. There's a whole bunch of stuff that got poured into my head, a lot of it not comics. Early on I was big into Stephen King and Dean Koontz and horror writers, which I think probably has a lot to do with why a lot of my stuff is horror influenced if not actual outright horror.

But I also read Frank Miller and Alan Moore way too young, and I can say things like Quentin Tarantino's movies and the stuff that Wes Craven did have all factored in. Plus I was 13 when Image was founded, which I think also influenced my comic sensibilities a lot.

CL: Your breakout book, THE STRANGE TALENT OF LUTHER STRODE, garnered you a lot of acclaim. What inspired the idea behind that book?

JJ: I really had two idea that eventually smashed together. Which is often how that works for me.

One was the idea of a Charles Atlas style ad that actually did what was promised and more. The actual Charles Atlas ads weren't too bad for that, but their competitors would basically flat out promise super powers.

The other was the notion that some superheroes and horror movie slashers weren't that far removed from each other. So, you know, while he won't kill you, having Batman after you, this shifting unstoppable shape in the dark, has to be terrifying. And likewise, while he does talk some, Frank Castle is damn near Jason Voorhees with a gun.

CL:  What was your initial reaction when it was so well received?

JJ: Shock. Seriously.

At that point, I'd been trying to break into comics for around ten years. Lots of small press stuff, lots of pitches. So getting Strode picked up was a big deal all by itself, and me and Tradd and Felipe, we were all prepared for the book to go nowhere, but at least