The same thing you've been doing all along - try something new and different and keep your readers guessing, naturally.
Shipping last week was the Dark Horse/Rocket Comics series "Crush," created by Jason Hall to be a comic about not only the human condition, but everything he can think of, as he explained to CBR News.
|"Crush" #2, Page 2|
"In a lot of ways, 'Crush' is about the self-discovery and change we all go through when making that leap from teenager to adult. Physical and emotional changes of all varieties are through the roof, and things tend to just seem out of control. Of course, this is all presented through the POV of an eighteen-year-old girl that discovers she transforms into a "monstrous creature"... Heck, there might even be one of those high-falutin metaphors in there somewhere! Even the title itself works on a number of different levels: you can physically 'crush' something, you can become emotionally 'crushed,' and you can have a romantic 'crush' on someone -- and you'll see all these ideas play out in the series."
|"Crush" #2, Page 16|
Don't worry- he doesn't mean that the Transformers will be appearing in the series. But there will be an enticing cast of villains permeating the pages of "Crush," but Hall won't reveal much… yet. "There are the baddies: the sinister and mysterious Mr. Vesper (head of the 'Vesper Institute'), his sexy and savvy operative Agent Bixby, and the monstrous Brute -- but you'll have to read the book to find out about them at the same time Liz and her friends do. I don't want to give too much away because the book is full of surprises -- only some of which are revealed in the first four issue story-arc, while at the same time raising some other questions and mysteries. Things aren't always what they seem..."
Now as you may have guessed, Jason Hall is a guy, but that doesn't discourage him from tackling a female lead in "Crush;" in fact, he enjoys writing female leads a lot! "I really like writing female characters (there aren't enough of them in comics, but it's certainly getting better) -- and with 'Crush,' two of the three main protagonists (and one of the main antagonists) are female -- so I think it's going to be a series that both female and male readers are going to enjoy. It's a bit darker and more introspective than people might be expecting. And it has a real emotional side to it that helps the story be a bit more grounded, allowing the reader to relate to the characters and what they're going through. I think the emotional aspect is something that tends to be a part of all my work, and something I hope readers enjoy and perhaps even connect with in the projects I've done so far. But that's not to say 'CRUSH' isn't full of action, adventure, intrigue, mystery, and suspense. There's plenty of all that! And with the eye-catching artwork of Sean Murphy, who really has a knack for adding little moments in the artwork here and there, readers are going to get their money's worth. It's going to be a lot of fun!"