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Method Man has already made his mark in the worlds of rap music (both as a founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan and a Grammy-winning solo artist) and acting (the movie How High, the TV series The Wire). But deep down, the affable 37-year-old is really a devoted comic-book head. And on July 23, he’ll branch out yet again, this time with his first-ever graphic novel — scripted by David Atchison (Occult Crimes Taskforce) and illustrated by Sanford Greene (Wonder Girl: Champion), from a concept by Mr. Meth himself.
EW.com has an exclusive peek at several pages from Method Man, which follows his tough-as-nails alter ego, Peerless Poe (a ninja-like ”murder priest” pledged to fight the forces of evil), as he battles the infernal ancient spirit Lilith. It’s a truly sinister tale, equal parts heady myth and action-packed adventure. We gave Method Man a call to chat about all that and more — including his next big-screen turn in The Wackness (opening July 3), his upcoming CD with longtime collaborator Redman, and why he doesn’t like most recent superhero movies.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You’ve always been into comic books, from childhood, right?
METHOD MAN: Since I was eight years old. I didn’t have a TV, so comic books were definitely my television, my soap operas, and all that. So when this opportunity presented itself, I jumped at the chance. I was throwing ideas all over the place at the writer, David Atchison, and he pieced something together that I felt was right up my alley.
Were you familiar with his work, or Sanford Greene’s, before this project came together?
No. And based off me starting this book, I’m back up to date with my comic books. I had stopped collecting for a few years — I was too busy, and the comic books were piling up, so I didn’t have time to read ‘em!
What were some of your favorite titles, going back to those old days?
Anything X. The Hulk, always loved The Hulk. Spider-Man sometimes — not too much, ‘cause he was kinda campy. All the miniseries and things of that nature, like Crisis on Infinite Earths, Secret Wars part I and II. That was when comic books were big events. It was real. They didn’t have a bunch of variant covers. But I think it’s getting back to its core now. You got writers like Mark Millar with this new book, Kick-Ass, which is so hard to find right now. But it’s a dope book, and it’s penciled by John Romita Jr., who’s also a dope artist. I liked when he did his stints on Daredevil and Iron Man — when Iron Man had to go shut down all of his technology. Sort of like the storyline they had in the movie, but a little different. He was attacking people like the Crimson Dynamo and the Titanium Man, anybody who had his armor. One of the last people he went after was War Machine, who was actually his friend, James Rhodes. And the Daredevil storyline — John Romita Jr. killed that, because Daredevil’s identity was revealed and the Kingpin just set up all these people, all his enemies went at him in one day. I mean, I’m talking ‘bout beatdowns!
Going back to your graphic novel, tell me a little bit about the inspiration for this story.
Well, I spoke to David [the writer]. I had always thrown around this idea — about the name Method Man, that it would be like he’s actually one of many Method Men. And I always liked the occult and the paranormal, because you can basically go anywhere with your villains and your characters and powers. When me and David spoke about it, we talked about different beats [i.e. pacing] and stuff like that for the comic book. I wanted a lot of action, not too much talky-talky s—. I hate that talky-talky s—. And we agreed on some things. There’s certain parts that I think could have been described better or done better, but me being so excited about seeing the artwork in the book done, there were certain parts of the storyline that I missed that were a little inconsistent. Just a little.
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