Artist Jamal Igle has taken on redesigning the Russian-era superhero Pohzar, and it goes a little something like this …
Everything that you guys see in the series is one hundred percent me. All of the design work, all the costume design, the designs for all the monsters and villains is all me. The initial costume discussion was me and Cully Hamner batting ideas back and forth over the course of a day coming up with something that we both liked. Everybody seemed to be okay with it until we heard back from Jimmy, who thought it was too busy. When Jimmy asked for something a little simplified, that's when I came up with the version that you see in the book now. Everybody just immediately said, "That's perfect, that's where we need to go."
This entire series really is me drawing comics the way that I think comics should be drawn. Designing things the way I think they should be designed. I've put everything that I can possibly put into these pages. There's this level of detail, crazy monsters, aliens, supervillains. It's a fun series. When I got the script for the first issue it was really obvious that Justin and Jimmy were thinking of me when they were writing this. Everything that's in here is stuff that I love. I love designing monsters and aliens. I love being able to tell more human stories. The thing about the first issue is you will know whether or not you like Lucian Gates, not only as a hero, but as a person, by page fifteen. He's warm. He's funny. The book itself really is more in the vein of what Justin and Jimmy were doing on Powergirl where there's a lot of really funny stuff going on, but at the same time there's a sense of danger, a sense of menace, and there's a lot of action in the book as well.
Igle's one of very few Black people working consistently in the industry, and we're very happy for his success.