Fred Van Lente Creates A Future For Valiant’s New ‘Ivar, Timewalker’ Series [Interview]
In January 2015, Valiant plans to expand its line with a wave of new series, including an ongoing Ivar, Timewalker title from the acclaimed team behind the new Archer & Armstrong book, Fred Van Lente and Clayton Henry.
Ivar was created by Barry Windsor-Smith as a supporting cast member in the 1990s Archer & Armstrong series, the third part of Valiant's "immortal trio" along with Armstrong and The Eternal Warrior. He made his debut in the new Valiant Universe in the opening pages of Van Lente & Henry's Archer & Armstrong #1, as a schemer whose plans gave all three brothers the power of immortality – and destroyed an entire world in the process. And as the new series begins, Ivar has made his way to the present day, hoping to atone for his wrongs and keep the past, present, and future from colliding. We spoke to Fred Van Lente to learn more about his plans for the series.
ComicsAlliance: Were there elements of the original Timewalker story that especially struck you, and drew you to this character? Will this new series include nods to the previous continuity?
Fred Van Lente: The OG Timewalker is probably my favorite from the Valiant 1.0 era, mostly because I love time travel stories and historical fiction. And yes, there should be some familiar enemy or enemies in there for OG fans, but I won't explain more, because spoilers.
CA: You and Clayton have had a successful run on Archer & Armstrong, so you've presumably had a while to settle into a working relationship – are you finding ways to specifically play to each other's strengths while working on this?
FVL: I work the same, generally speaking, from project to project – the curious can check out my script format at my web site. Clayton and I also chat quite a bit on the phone during the course of a book, and that's very helpful too.
CA: The modern-day Valiant U has a long and complex history that's being unraveled bit by bit, and Ivar has literally been there since before the beginning. Are you treating this series as a way to fill in some of the world's backstory, or just looking at it as a fun stand-alone project?