Created in 2000 by David Finch and David Wohl, the original Aphrodite IX was a green haired cyborg assassin with memory problems branching out on her own and trying to figure out her past. The character -- and her other various Roman numeraled incarnations -- has popped up at various times in the past 12 years, most recently in the reality-altering "Artifacts" series where Aphrodite IV fought the combined efforts of Witchblade, the Darkness and Cyber Force. The character has not been seen since the entire Top Cow Universe experienced a rebirth with "Artifacts" #13.
Hawkins intends to use elements of the original character in his new series, which launches with a free first issue during next year's Free Comic Book Day, March 2, 2013. CBR News talked with Hawkins about creating his futuristic world, developing a new version of a well-known character and the decision to launch an all-new series via FCBD.
CBR News: How did you decide to launch this new "Aphrodite IX" series with a Free Comic Book Day issue?
I have been scouring futurist blogs, books and podcasts for ideas of what people think the future will really look like. Part of that research has amazed me at how many morons are out there who claim to be "futurists" to try and get some speech gigs, but there are a few who are godlike. Ray Kurzweil andMichio Kaku are the two best. I recommend everyone read them, so kick-ass.
For me, the chief component in building the world is believability. I read and watch a lot of sci-fi and I tune out on a lot of it pretty quickly because it's kind of silly. Science fiction is still a realm of wonder and I've heard scientists tell me directly that they've been disappointed in a lot of it lately because it's actually not all that forward thinking. In some cases, sci-fi things come out that feel dated and not really all that futuristic and that is sad. Sci-fi is also a great medium for social commentary and I am, at my core, a humanist and will be using this book to tell some very "human" stories in some fantastical settings.
What made Stjepan Sejic the perfect artist for this project?
He's the reason I'm doing the series at all. He told me he wanted to do some over-the-top sci-fi storyline where he could really unleash and we started talking about this. We'll be mixing in some fantasy elements as well as he is just so damn good at that stuff (see "Ravine").
"Aphrodite IX" #1 by Matt Hawkins and Stjepan Sejic hits stands in May for Free Comic Book Day with #2 dropping in June.