It was inevitable, really -- never just a movie, “The Incredibles,” what with its whole family of supers, belonged in the comic book world from the get go, and now, with Pixar’s deal with Boom Studios, they will be.
Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl (Mrs. Incredible), and their kids Violet, Dash, and baby Jack-Jack will continue their adventures in what writer Mark Waid calls “Incredibles 1.5,” a storyline that starts a little after the events of the movie, so that the family has had some time to let it sink in, but the characters are not any older. (And should there be an “Incredibles” sequel, the comic book stories won’t interfere). “This is Pixar’s tip on the Fantastic Four,” Waid said, “so while I get to play with their toys in the toybox, it can’t be so drastic that they can’t have a future.”
Which means Violet is still “delicately balanced” between being shy and having gained some confidence (“If she has too much, she’s no longer Violet”), Dash is still “thought to deed, single synapse theory,” and Jack-Jack still “can’t articulate what’s going on.” “He’s a wild card,” Waid said. “What are his powers now? You never can tell, and maybe he’d be great in a fight. But if I had a toddler that age, I wouldn’t even take him to the store, much less to fight a giant alien.”
In the first four-issue arc, starting in April, Mr. Incredible -- Bob to his wife -- is starting to lose his powers, his invulnerability and strength, but he doesn’t want to tell his family or go to the doctor. “You know the climax of the movie, with trying to control the giant robot? That was just their version of fighting over the TV remote,” Waid said. “You’re taking very familiar family dynamic problems and ramping up the superhero angle.”
So in this instance, when Mr. Incredible finds that his powers are fading (i.e. he’s feeling older and emasculated, every aging dad’s fear), he’s relegated to house husband status. “He feels terrible,” Waid said. “He’s calling them on the phone when they’re on missions, to give them advice, but what he really needs to do is get his powers back.” And just as there was an Edna on hand for costume problems, there will be a supers-doctor, too. “Where do you go to school to learn superhero medicine?” Waid pondered. “That’s something to think about.”
By issue four, this particular conflict will be solved – Waid’s currently writing the script for issue six, and hopes to keep the monthly comic going as long as possible (Darwyn Cooke is doing the covers, but no artist has been attached for inside art). Eventually other Pixar titles will start coming out next year as well as comics – “Toy Story” will be up next – to the point where six titles a month will eventually be in rotation. “There are people even at my office who would cut my brake lines in a heartbeat to write ‘The Incredibles,’” Waid said, “but ‘Wall-E’ would be just as fun to do. We’ve been talking to folks about writing ‘Toy Story,’ ‘Monster’s Inc.’ or whathaveyou, and when we say, ‘Dude, we’re a startup company, we can’t afford you,’ they say they don’t care. People want to write this stuff.”
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