Barbaric Co-Creator Says the Series Is Too ‘Nuts’ for Marvel or DC


Barbaric co-creator Michael Moreci thinks the series might be too “nuts” to be published by Marvel or DC.

In an interview with the Spec Tales podcast, Moreci was asked if there was a point when he knew Barbaric was going to be a hit. “When we were making it, I think we started feeling really confident,” he answered. “When [artist and co-creator Nathan Gooden] started turning in pages, especially, and we saw — Nate has done a lot of great work prior to Barbaric, but once we saw Barbaric, we were like, ‘Wow.’ He was so into it. He was so thrilled with the idea. He loved it so much.”

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Moreci continued to say he’s been “thrilled” with the response Barbaric has received, even if it has somewhat come as a surprise. “At the same time, I kind of get it,” he said. “It kind of makes sense to me. Barbaric came out at a time, and it still goes out at a time, where it’s like, you know, I feel like everything is kind of — we live in this weird, conservative culture. Especially with the mainstream, the Big Two, they’re trying to be earnestly good and do these kind of — how do I say this? They’re trying to have good messages, but it feels so strict and it feels so redundant. Everything feels so conservative and so tight. We just want to do something that’s, like, nuts. [Something] that’s just like a metal album that’s — if Mötley Crüe came and just spewed onto a comic, that’s what Barbaric is. I think people wanted that. It’s just fun, it’s bloody, it’s stupid, it’s vile and it’s violent.

“I think people love that because that’s what so much of the comics tradition is. I think we’ve kind of forgotten that. That’s what I grew up on. That’s the stuff I love. I love Preacher, I love Conan. This is the stuff I love…Comics [are] not TV. It’s not made for 30 million or 10 million people, where you have to play it down the middle or whatever. Comics [are] supposed to be nuts. Comics [are] supposed to be big, bold and audacious, and I think we’ve lost that.”

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Barbaric launched in 2021 from Vault Comics. The series follows Owen the Barbarian and Axe — a magical, talking weapon — as they wander through a world full of witches, monsters and more. The series is returning for a second volume, Barbaric: Axe to Grind, on Aug. 17. Moreci teased further Barbaric installments are also currently in the works. “[Gooden] is going right into [volume] three and then we have plans for four,” he said. “There is not going to be another gap like there was before. Three is going to happen — I don’t know exactly when, but it’s not going to be a big delay at all. We’re going to be real quick to come right with [volume] three.”

Source: Spec Tales Podcast



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