War Times With Super Skrull: Noted Antagonist Talks "Annihilation"

Wed, July 12th, 2006 at 12:00am PDT

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Arune Singh, Staff Writer

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All art from "Super Skrull" #4

He's big, green and has all the powers of the Fantastic Four. He's more powerful than many of Earth's hero. He's the Super-Skrull. It sounds all well and good, till you realize that, well, he's not so much of a good guy. And he wouldn't shed a tear if he destroyed Earth's heroes and enslaved the human race. No one's perfect, right?

When series writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach told us that his number one client, Super Skrull, wanted to talk to CBR News about his adventures in Marvel Comics' "Annihilation" event, and in his own "Super Skrull" limited series (which he spoke about earlier, it's safe to say that we weren't sure what to expect. We spoke with Grillo-Marxuach just yesterday, on the eve of the release of "Super Skrull" #4 (in stores today), and he seemed in high spirits till…well, you'll see.

Hey Javier, thanks for taking time to arrange this interview. What's new?

Javi: Hey, Arune. Tons of things actually. It's kind of a busy time, what with the final issue of "Annihilation: Super-Skrull," "The Middleman" second volume trade paperback, my day job on "Medium..."

We'll get to "Medium" in a moment. Why'd you leave your job over on "Lost?" Did the Dharma Initiative make you a better offer?

Well, those Hanso Foundation HR wonks can be very persuasive. When they came knocking on my door with an offer to work in the mysterious third basement of the Vik Institute, who was I to say no? Actually, the god's honest truth is that after two years at "Lost," my work on that planet was done - it was an extraordinary time, but shows change and evolve, and what I bring to the party was no longer what "Lost" needed. So we all decided to part ways amicably and at the top of our respective games. I hope the show stays on top for a long time and I know they wish me well, so it's all good.

You're also representing your newest client, Super Skrull, today. When do we get to talk to him?

Look, you said I'd get a chance to talk about my comic book and TV projects... I love the Green Giant and all, but I don't want him stealing my air, know what I'm saying?

Sheesh Javier. We can wait.

Thanks, I mean, I don't want to get all Morris Day on it, but I do like to feel like I'm the main event, you know?

Sure, I get that. Let's talk about "Medium." How'd you get involved? And what makes the show so unique to you?

First of all, the show was created by Glenn Gordon Caron - the man who gave us "Moonlighting." In this business, you're lucky if you get to work with and learn from just one person who is responsible for changing the face of the popular culture, so moving from J.J. Abrams and Damon's shop to Glenn Gordon Caron's is a privilege. Second, the writing staff is extraordinary, when you have a team that includes Rene Echevarria, Moira Kirland and Rob Doherty, the results are going to be fantastic - truly, the thing that attracted me to "Medium" first and foremost was the quality of the writing and what I could learn from the team already in place there.

Great, so where's Skrull!

Seriously, man - what's up with the one-track mind, I'm trying to talk about my work here and you're all up in my grill about lizard boy -

SUPER-SKRULL: SILENCE HUMAN! I HAVE HAD MY FILL OF YOUR BLITHERING!

Javi: HHHHHLLLLLLRRRRRRRREEEEEEEERRRRRRGHHHH!

AUUUUUUUGGGGGHHHHH! NNNNOOOOOPPPPLEDEEEAAAASSEEEESTTTTTOOOOPPPP!

My God! You killed Javier! You son of a …

SO, SINGH - IT IS YOU. WE MEET AGAIN AT LAST. DO NOT WEEP FOR GRILLO-MARXUACH.

But all he wanted was a little attention, not death and mayhem Super Skrull style!

HE DIED WITHOUT HONOR AND BEGGED FOR HIS WORTHLESS LIFE LIKE A

CHILD. MY ONLY REGRET IS THAT I MADE HIS DEATH TOO QUICK. I MUST BE GETTING MERCIFUL IN MY OLD AGE. WOULD YOU LIKE THE WEAKLING WRITER'S CORPSE? THE EXPRESSION OF FEAR AND COWARDICE FROZEN ON THE SMOLDERING REMAINS OF HIS TWISTED AND AGONIZED FACE DISGUSTS ME.

Uh...no, I don't eat roasted human.

SO BE IT, SINGH, BUT I SERVE YOU WARNING, DO NOT TRY ANYTHING FUNNY WITH ME. I KNOW YOUR SORT ALL TOO WELL…

OK, well, I guess we should start by having you tell us what's going on with you these days.

ASIDE FROM MY CRUSADE TO FRAG THE ANNIHILATION WAVE ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE NEGATIVE ZONE? MY EFFORT TO DESTROY THE HARVESTER OF SORROW AND EVERYTHING FOR WHICH IT STANDS? MY DESIRE TO REDEEM MY LIFE OF DEFEAT WITH A SINGLE MAGISTERIAL STROKE OF VICTORY?

I mean, for a Super Skrull, you're getting beat up by everyone these days aren't you?

PAIN MUST BE SOMETHING YOU ENJOY, SINGH!

Whatever, you got schooled by the Young Avengers, big time. You got beat up by the Young Avengers!

HAD YOU BEEN READING "YOUNG SKRULLS" OR "SKRULL AVENGERS" THE OUTCOME WOULD HAVE BEEN MUCH DIFFERENT... SO CONSIDER THE SOURCE - AND THEN CONSIDER YOUR WORDS OR TRULY THE LAST THING YOU EVER SEE SHALL BE THE STAIN OF YOUR FRONTAL LOBE ON MY FIST!

Um...no need for "Skrull Smash" or any other chanting. I'll be nice, I promise.

I DO NOT CHANT. IT TIPS MY APPROACH.

So, about this betrayal...what happened there?

SHAPE SHIFTERS... TRICKY... HARD TO READ. DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO TELL YOU THERE. I BET ON THE WRONG HORSE AND IT WILL NOT HAPPEN AGAIN. NOT WITH SON OF A SCHMA'AG R'KIN ANYWAY... NOT THE WAY

I LEFT HIM.

You got dumped in the Negative Zone, huh?

WHAT A DUMP.

What's it like out there?

IT HAS ALL THE CHARM OF A KREE WHORE AND STINKS LIKE THE DUNG OF THE G'RANG BEAST. IT MAY BE THE OTHER WAY AROUND.

Any traveling tips in case some unlucky CBR staffer find themselves banished there?

AS A SHAPE SHIFTER, THERE IS LITTLE I CANNOT DO, MY VERY MOLECULES CAN TRANSFORM INTO WHATEVER PROTECTION I REQUIRE...

BUT FOR A HUMAN, I WOULD SUGGEST A PARKA. PERHAPS AN ANORAK.

Isn't it about time you take over the Skrull empire, considering you're, you know, "Super Skurll" and all? If you need a loyal sidekick, I'm happy to help, seeing as how you killed Javier...

GRILLO-MARXUACH WAS NO SIDEKICK - THAT TALENTLESS SCRIBBLER CANNOT DIE DEAD ENOUGH! BUT SERIOUSLY, SINGH, YOUR QUESTION INSULTS MY VERY NATURE. I AM A WARRIOR. MY ONLY PLACE OF HONOR IS SERVING A TRUE SKRULL EMPEROR. ALL I HOPE IS FOR A BEING TO ARISE WHO IS WORTHY OF MY FEALTY - WHEN THAT DAY COMES, YOU WILL SEE ME SMILING... AND DRINKING THE BLOOD OF MY ENEMIES FROM THEIR OWN SKULLS.

You've also got some groupies with you in the Negative Zone-

GROUPIES? THEY ARE A HIGHLY-TRAINED GROUP OF WARRIORS!

They're popular with readers. Does that make you insecure?

YOU MAKE ME LAUGH, SINGH. LAUGH. I FIRST APPEARED ON THE SCENE

BEFORE YOU WERE A SWIMLING. IF THIRTY SIX YEARS FROM NOW YOU FANBOYS ARE STILL DEBATING THE ALIEN SCUM I WREAKED UPON YOU FROM THE NEGATIVE ZONE, THAT WOULD STILL BE HALF OF MY TIME ON THE PAGES OF YOUR SO-CALLED COMIC BOOKS!

OK Skrull, we better wrap things up. We have Comic-Con International coming up.

NOTHING IS OVER, SINGH! NOTHING IS OVER UNTIL I DECIDE IT IS!

Really? 'Cause I see the Annhilation fleet on it's way!

DO NOT TRY TO FOOL ME WITH TRICKERY, SINGH, YOUR WILES ARE INFINITESIMAL COMPARED TO THE CALCULATED DECEPTION OF A SKRULL WARRIOR!

Providing you survive "Annhihilation" #1, what's next for you?

A LONG PEACEFUL SLUMBER... ATOP THE DECAYING BODIES OF MY ENEMIES!

Do you think that the universe, and editor Andy Schmidt, will honor you with an ongoing series?

HA! SINGH, THE UNIVERSE IS A CRUEL MISTRESS... BUT I AM A STERN TASKMASTER, IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. I WAIT FOR NO ONE TO

HONOR ME - WHAT HONOR I REQUIRE, I TAKE FOR MYSELF!

Before you murdered, I mean, honorably sent Javier to a better place, it sounded like he had more work planned. What else would he be working on, had he not vexed you so?

THAT SHRILL-VOICED COWARD WAS ENGAGED IN SEVERAL COVERT COMIC BOOK PROJECTS HE WAS NOT AT LIBERTY TO DISCUSS! SURELY HIS PUTRID LEGACY WILL CONTINUE WELL AFTER HIS DEATH.

OK, well, thanks a lot, Super Skrull. You have a nice day, now.

You can now discuss this story on CBR's Annihilation Forum and rest assured, we'll hear from Javier again. No one dies in comic books!

 
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