Eric Kripke has created another new world with his new comic “Jacked”.
The publisher Vertigo Comics released this description of the series.
Eric Kripke (creator of Supernatural) teams up with Vertigo veterans John Higgins (HELLBLAZER) and Glenn Fabry (PREACHER) to bring you a very Vertigo take on the modern superhero in this six-issue miniseries. Josh Jaffe, a neurotic family man mid-midlife crisis, buys an online “smart pill” to increase his focus and jolt him out of his slump. But to Josh’s surprise, the pill gives him incredible strength and power—but its cost is that it’s extremely addictive. This irreverent and brutally realistic story examines both the mighty highs and humiliating lows of being a real-life superhero.
Eric talked with several outlets about this new venture
He told Comics Alliance
ComicsAlliance: With Jacked, what inspired this story and what made telling it in comic form so appealing?Eric Kripke: A few things. The main thing that inspired it was my mid-life crisis. I turned 40 last year, and when you hit that age your body starts to go into self-destruct mode physically. You also start to ask yourself, “Have I set out to do all the things I’d said I would do when I was a kid?” and, “Am I really going to achieve the greatness I thought I would when I was young?” It really occurred to me that no one had really told that story in the superhero space before. The idea that if you were in steady decline and unexceptional, if you were to suddenly become a superhero, that was an interesting way to tell a story about a mid-life crisis.
In an interview with MTV Eric talked about writing a comic
You’ve written a ton of TV episodes, so how does it work with a graphic novel format?
EK: It’s really different, I think I was actually quite shocked at how different it was. The scripts are in an entirely different format and you have to think about them in a completely different way creatively. So it was both challenging and fun to use a whole different set of muscles. I would say when you’re writing TV or movies your vernacular is time, it’s all based on rhythms, a character takes a beat or two characters have a moment, like everything is about time. And when you’re writing a comic, everything is about space. It’s how many panels to put on a page, when should you do a full page splash, what is the detail that you see in any particular image
In an interview with NEWSarama Eric revealed
Ben Edlund is my go-to Yoda for almost any issue I got, so I definitely was bouncing some ideas off him, and he read the first issue. I don’t know if I’ve even ever told Ben this, but when I was in high school, I was the biggest Tick fan, and I used to spend hours reading Ben’s work before I even met him. [laughs]
Superwiki reviews ‘Jacked‘
It’s wonderful that Eric is continuing to create new worlds. We wish him great success!