INTERVIEW: Joesph Mallozzi Talks About His Upcoming Mini Series DARK MATTER

A derelict ship floats in space, its troubled crew awakened from stasis with no memories of who they are or how they got on board. Their search for answers triggers the vessel’s deadly security system: a relentless android bent on their destruction. Facing threats at every turn, they have to work together to survive a voyage charged with vengeance, redemption, betrayals, and hidden secrets best left unknown…..

I can’t really say we get “know” the characters, so what was behind the decision to introduce us with a learn about them with them scenario for these characters?

– “The “learn about them with them” scenario is more a byproduct of the opening premise (An amnesiac crew awakens on a mystery ship and start searching for answers.) than the result of any sort of narrative design.  Having said that, if there’s one thing my many years in television have taught me it’s that while viewers may initially be drawn to a show’s premise, it’s the show’s characters that keep them coming back.  I think that all great fiction involves some sort of journey of self-discovery and this scenario is ideal for allowing the viewer/reader to experience that journey with our crew, from those early wary steps to the eventual strides.”    

Each character seems to have retained their personality and skill sets such as egotism, ship control and even sword play, will we be learning more about why they retained the knowledge and skills throughout their memory black outs?

– “Eventually, as the crew members discover more about themselves and each other, we’ll learn more about the circumstances surrounding their collective memory loss and the seemingly selective nature of some of their memories.” 

As I was reading about what appears to be a spaceship crew of adults, I noticed a kid was thrown into the mix. Any significant reason for throwing a young child into mix with a working crew?

– “At present, there’s no way of knowing the capabilities of any of the crew members or what sort of contributions they can make.  It certainly seems odd to have a kid in the mix, but if there’s one thing I will say about this series it’s that nothing is as it seems – especially when it comes to our characters.  There are suggestions in the first issue that this “kid” isn’t your typical adolescent.  Let’s leave it at that for now.”

The crew faces some threats as equally mysterious as their past, will their past ever become the threat itself?

– “Yes, over the course of the series, the crew will face innumerable threats both from without and within.  Plenty of surprises in store.”

With a very mysterious first issue, I have to ask, is there anything you can tell us about what is to come with the series?

– “High adventure, action, exploration, discovery, camaraderie, betrayals, humor, and surprises.  For starters.”
Writer: Joseph Mallozzi, Paul Mullie
Artist: Garry Brown
Colorist: Ryan Hill
Cover Artist: Garry Brown
Publication Date: January 11, 2012
Format: FC, 32 pages
Price: $3.50

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