PREVIEWSworld Video Game Month: Marv Wolfman
Sep 18, 2018
Video games have often been considered the “enemy” of comics, drawing readers away from comics for the glow of arcade and home screens. But somewhere along the way, video games became fodder for the comics, drawing gamers away from their screens and back to the four-color page!
Years later, they’re seemingly inseparable now, with dozens of video game-based comics on the market.
PREVIEWSworld: What are you currently working on?
Marv Wolfman: I’m currently writing Raven (FEB170314) for DC, and Diablo (Issue #1/See Page 366!) for Titan Comics.
PREVIEWSworld: What video game properties are you working on right now, or have you worked on in the past?
Marv Wolfman: Right now, I’m working on Diablo for Titan. I wrote God of War for Wildstorm and the DCU comic based on the online MMO. I’ve also written many video games, including Epic Mickey 2 for Disney. My script was actually nominated for a Writers Guild award. I didn’t win, but out of hundreds of games, only five were nominated.
PREVIEWSworld: Are you a PC or console gamer? Which console do you prefer?
Marv Wolfman: I don’t play on a PC. That’s for work. I have both Playstations and X-Boxes.
PREVIEWSworld: What video game started your passion for gaming?
Marv Wolfman: I always played the coin-op games, but for consoles, even though I already had them, God of War I flipped the switch in me. Loved that game!
PREVIEWSworld: What current release is taking up your free time?
Marv Wolfman: God of War 4, Call of Duty. Looking forward to The Last of Us 2.
PREVIEWSworld: If you could create a comic out of any video game property, which one would you choose?
Marv Wolfman: I’m loving writing the Diablo comic! That fits into my love for writing horror as well as a great game to play.
PREVIEWSworld: If you could create a video game comic book crossover like Marvel vs. Capcom or Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, what two properties would you choose?
Marv Wolfman: The DCU set in the world of Diablo where super-heroes fight angels and demons.
PREVIEWSworld: How is telling a story in a video game different that telling a story in a comic? How are they the same?
Marv Wolfman: Comic book stories are meant to be read, and you follow the story that’s written. Videogame stories are meant to be played and are totally interactive. They are very different with different goals.
PREVIEWSworld: Who is your favorite character from a video game and why?
Marv Wolfman: Kratos, Nathan Drake, and several others I can’t immediately think of. I like single, solitary characters fighting against the odds.