The "Walking Dead" creator not only turned his efforts towards the crime genre with Skybound book, he also took a whole new approach to actually writing the Image Comics title. Enlisting a writer's room approach to the comic, a technique he became aware of while working on "The Walking Dead" for AMC, Kirkman assembled a group of writers including James Asmus ("Gambit") and more as-yet-unrevealed names in one place. Everyone present bounced ideas off one another, and then the writers went off to work on their own arcs.
Once Nick Spencer ended his initial arc with "Thief of Thieves" #7, Asmus stepped up to the plate to tell a tale that takes the spotlight a bit off the first arc's star Redmond, shining it on his son Augustus, who follows in his father's illegal footsteps and has a desire to make a name for himself. Asmus brings a unique sensibility to the series due to his experience as a playwright ("Love is Dead: A NecRomantic Musical," "Amelia Earhart Jungle Princess"), sketch comedy actor and comic writer ("Captain America & Bucky," "Generation Hope").
CBR News spoke with Asmus about how his past informs this project, what the arc says about Augustus and how he was brought into the inner circle of "Thief of Thieves" in the first place.
"Thief of Thieves" #10, Asmus' next issue with Robert Kirkman and Shawn Martinbrough, drops on November 7.