Hello…sooooo for about 2 months the Assassins Creed comic book is out, and if you haven’t noticed I think it’s an okay read, okay I lied it’s an AMAZING read. Regardless I had a chance to request an interview with the writer and artist of the fantastic comic book Assassins Creed. So, did I pester them about the comic? Heck yes I did! Lets see what they had to say.
I sat down with them and by sat down I mean me reading a document of them answering my questions in said document, and got a little bit of insight on what went on with coming up with this gem.
Note: Iron Squid is me and A&C are the writers.
Iron Squid: This isn’t the first time we get to see Assassins Creed with stories of Ezio and Altair in comic book form, but this is the first time we see a whole new character hitting the pages, how did this come to light?
A&C: Lizzie Kaye, one of the editors at Titan, reached out to us to say she was a fan of Anthony and my previous work (Kill Shakespeare). She said she had an intriguing character she wanted us to pitch on. It was only later we’d learn that this was for Assassin’s Creed, which blew our minds.
Anthony and I came up with some ideas on what we could do with the world and thankfully Lizzie, the rest of the Titan team, Chris Teather, Andrew James, and the big bosses Nick Landau and Vivian Cheung, liked what we had.
After that, it was ‘simply’ the matter of doing six months of brainstorming and consulting with Titan and Ubisoft to get us to where we are now – the debut of the first issue!
Iron Squid: Charlotte is going to be in the mind of her Ancestor Tom Stoddard, which means that the gender role will be switched…where did this idea spawn from?
A&C: We knew early on that everyone was excited by the possibility of a female Assassin being our main character and so we started to think about what could make her story the most interesting. The idea that she would be in a male ancestor’s “shoes” offered a lot of interesting opportunities for Charlotte to react to Tom’s choices – especially given that the time he is from is so different from what Charlotte is used to.
The fact that Salem was a virulently misogynistic time meant that Charlotte was going to be tested by everything she was experiencing through Tom. Ultimately we want to make sure that what Charlotte witnesses in Salem will effect who she is going to become in this series.
Iron Squid: Can you give us a little bit more on Tom as a character?
A&C: Tom is a hard guy to get a read on. He’s a veteran of the Brotherhood, but you get a sense that he’d be just as happy if he was the only member. When we first meet him he’s working hard to keep people away from him – whether those are enemies, his fellow Assassins, or the two strange children that have been forced upon him. He’s a fairly harsh mentor for Charlotte – in the sense that Charlotte’s first experiences with being an Assassin are really coming from watching him.
We wanted to give this bright, self-aware, 22-year old modern day woman a totally unrelatable mind to inhabit, and we feel Tom does that. A lot of Charlotte’s struggle will be accepting what Tom does, and by extension what being an Assassin might require her to do.
Iron Squid: How are the Assassins and Templars involved in the Salem Witch Trials?
A&C: Well… that would be telling. Suffice it to say both are very interested in what might ACTUALLY be causing the strange symptoms of the young women of Salem.
Iron Squid: Why specifically the Salem Witch Trials as a comic book?
A&C: Anthony and I did a lot of research and this was an idea that he brought to the table that we both loved. When we knew Charlotte was going to be our main character we thought: what would be the worst place for a woman from our time to go to? Salem, where women are being hung on mere accusation alone, seemed to be a pretty harsh destination for someone as idealistic and (secretly) hopeful as Charlotte.
Both Anthony and I are big fans of the Arthur Miller play, The Crucible, which is a great look at the time and really inspired some of the paranoia we’re trying to create.
Beyond that, the time itself is fascinating, and it lends itself to a lot of interesting visuals that are somewhat new to the Assassin’s world. Our heroes will get to spend less time in parkour mode and more time having to steal through the fens, alleyways, and hidden dungeons of the day.
Iron Squid: How will this series effect the events of future games and series to come?
A&C: This is the foundation for everything. Because of Charlotte’s experiences in Salem, she’s going to make a choice in the modern day world, and that choice is going to inform who she is going to become in the Brotherhood.
Nothing is set in stone, but Ubi, Titan and Anthony and I are excited for the chance to make Charlotte a key figure in the A.C. modern-day storyline. We’ve been kicking around some epic ideas.
Iron Squid: With the Salem Witch trails there were a lot of historical figures involved such as John Hawthorne and John Proctor, will we be seeing them?
A&C: Ha. You nailed two of the characters we really agonized over. Proctor in particular is a great one, but we decided to go in a very similar, but different, direction. I don’t want to spoil anything for the readers so I’ll stay quiet on who made the cut, but I will say that my biggest disappointment was when we had to cut Cotton Mather out. I love that guy.
Well, “love” is probably the wrong word for a man who doomed dozens of men and women to their death on the flimsiest of evidence, but DANG he’s a great villain.
So there you have it folks, we took a look at the new Assassins Creed title and got an inside scoop of what’s going on between these two wacky people. You can pick up issues #1 and #2 at your local comic shop today!