Down The Rabbit Hole
Vince Brusio

What happens when a bad guy tries to be good, and finds out that being bad actually makes things better? A master criminal once again becomes the Dead Rabbit! Read our interview with Gerry Duggan to learn more about Dead Rabbit Volume 1, which kicks off his upcoming Image Comics series with master artist John McCrea!

 

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Vince Brusio: So. Dead Rabbit. The guy. A professional criminal with a conscience? The perfect anti-hero? Let’s peer into his soul. Help us out, Gerry. Who is he? And why the name Dead Rabbit?

Gerry Duggan: Dead Rabbit is a criminal, but in 2018 America he's never the biggest crook in the story. He's a man named Martin Dobbs that pushed his luck as far as it would go, and then gave up the life because he had fallen in love. Now he's putting the mask on to save that same love. I think over the course of our first arc that readers will fall in love with these characters, too. He lies to people and says he's descended from one of the original Dead Rabbits. One of the first gangs of New York. It's a badass line Rabbit throws around to make people think twice before crossing him.  

Vince Brusio: The opening scene for the book is already pulling on the reader’s heart strings. Someone is dying. But the guy on the short end of the stick is a criminal. So isn’t this karma? Yes or no? How does the tragedy help fuel the fiction?

Gerry Duggan: Who are the real criminals? The man in the mask that takes what he needs? Or the for-profit health care system that monetizes the health and well-being of human beings?

Vince Brusio: Give us some insight to the supporting cast. Who’s on the side of the angels? Who’s running with the devil? Who are the outsiders that see this thing as a circus?

Gerry Duggan: Well, Dobbs is a complicated character. He's a thief, but he's taking from the banks. That money is insured. He took money from the mafia, but to Hell with those guys. They're the biggest crooks out there. Megan Dobbs is his wife, we'll meet her in issue one. Our second issue will debut "Wheels," Dead Rabbit's old wheelman that is joining him in retirement. We'll continue to introduce important characters throughout the first arc.  

Vince Brusio: What is it about this story that lights your fire? How are you emotionally invested in it? Why does it speak to you?

Gerry Duggan: My wife pointed out that we read comics because there is no justice in our world. Dead Rabbit scratches all my itches. It's action-packed, sad, funny and screwed-up and...justice will be done. 

Vince Brusio: If you were to put together a YouTube trailer for this book, and could both direct it and supply the musical score, what would we see and hear, and how would it foreshadow events to come in this series?

Gerry Duggan: David Shire's bombastic horn-filled theme to the original TAKING OF PELHAM 123 would play and we'll see the cops and the mob unhappy that Dead Rabbit is back. I think comic fans will be very happy with what we're cooking up. Its John McCrea's finest work, and he along with Mike Spicer are a brilliant team. Retailers, reach out to us - you can read the first three issues fully-lettered and colored before FOC for issue one. We won't be reprinting any of the single issues until the first collection. We'll be working hard to get readers to pre-order. Hope this is a big success for Image, and for retailers. Thanks in advance for the support. 

 

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Vince Brusio writes about comics, and writes comics. He is the long-serving Editor of PREVIEWSworld.com, the creator of PUSSYCATS, and encourages everyone to keep the faith...and keep reading comics.

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