Marc Guggenheim is a very busy man, between writing the TV show Arrow…writing the comic for Arrow that fills in the gaps between seasons, and writing other TV shows…you’d think he’d want to take it easy in his downtime. Not so much.
In fact, Guggenheim is going to be releasing a brand new original comic book of his own creation called The Infinite Adventures of Jonas Quantum. He sat down with I09 and talked about what the comic would be about.
“It’s really designed to be both the introduction of a fun new character kind of in the vein of a James Bond or Indiana Jones but it’s also like a love letter to the medium of comics. Each issue’s going to be self-contained. It’ll be a story with a beginning, middle and end, and one reason I wanted to do that is you’ve got this character who by virtue of his intellect can invent anything and that includes a spaceship, includes a time travel machine, includes a dimensional portal… so the sky’s not even the limit anymore with this idea.
I wanted to recapture the way I felt reading the original issues of Fantastic Four and books like it where you never knew what was coming next and each idea seemed crazier and more out there than the next. When you think about all the number of worlds and characters and concepts that the first hundred issues of Fantastic Four introduced, I just wanted to recapture that feeling that I had as a reader.”
When asked about what kind of adventurer Quantum is, Guggenheim recalled some very classic heroes as inspiration.
“Doc Savage, Indiana Jones, Flash Gordon… these were the kinds of characters I was thinking about as I was developing Jonas Quantum because there aren’t that many brand new characters being introduced anymore. Everyone seems to be a reinvention of old characters and I wanted to try to add a new character to the pop culture canon. Which I know sounds really obnoxious and almost too ambitious but I’ve been so fortunate to be able to adapt other people’s characters, I wanted to give back a little bit and try creating my own character.”
Interesting no? Well, The Infinite Adventures of Jonas Quantum will release in September from Legendary Comics!