Rogue Angel: Serpent’s Kiss, by the pseudonym Alex Archer, is the 10th installment in the Rogue Angel series.
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I was recently able to interview Barbara Randall Kesel, writer of IDW and Gold Eagle’s upcoming Rogue Angel: Teller of Tall Tales. After reading the advanced copy, I was excited to learn more about the new comic adaptation and the writer talented herself!
SciFiChick: As the first female writer for Rogue Angel, what do you hope to bring to the series?
Barbara Randall Kesel: Hmmm… never thought of myself as the “first female writer,” but I guess I am! I don’t approach projects that way. While I AM female, and that certainly colors everything I do, including scripting, it’s not something I consciously focus on incorporating. I’m not writing Rogue Angel as a “woman writer”, I’m writing it as ME, the writer. What I bring to this particular (or any) character is my talent, my skills, my observations, and my enjoyment of complicated characterization. Maybe I have some additional insights into BEING female, but what I hope I bring to every series is a fierce respect for even the “one-line” background characters, male or female.
Where I DO turn vigilant is characters, all around, but especially the women. So often female characters are given short shrift in the character department in comics, or are rendered disposable, and I’ll grouse about that, but it’s not about the writers being male or female: it’s about the writers building well-rounded characters (and not having that just mean ginormous boobs on the girls!)
As a fan since the beginning of the series, I jumped at the chance to review an early copy of the new Rogue Angel comic.
Annja Creed is a part-time archeologist, part-time tv host of Chasing History’s Monsters, and full-time adventurer.
When Annja visits an old friend in the former mining town, of Virginia City, she is asked to assist with a dig involving Samuel Clemens’ work. But there are some who are against their exposing what could be an incredible discovery. And soon, Annja and her friend Rashmi find themselves fighting for their lives.
The creative team behind the new Rogue Angel comic has done a brilliant job of overcoming the challenge of bringing Annja to a new medium. From beginning to end, each page is filled with incredible artwork and fantastic scenes. The story of Annja latest adventure has a promising start, full of humor, history, and action.
For all the same reasons I love Indiana Jones (minus looking at Harrison Ford, of course), Annja is my second favorite archeologist and adventurer. She’s strong, independent, and smart. Usually accompanying each adventure is a fight against good and evil. And the bad guys don’t stand a chance against Annja, with or without her legendary sword of Joan of Arc.
Look for Rogue Angel: Teller of Tall Tales #1 this February!
Writer: Barbara Randall Kesel
Artist: Renae De Liz
Inker/Colorist: Ray Dillon
Letterer: Neil Uyetake
Cover Artist: Rebecca A. Wrigley
Editor: Tom Waltz
The Diamond Order Code is DEC073714.
See below for a closer look at the upcoming comic: