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Kelly Thompson and Meredith McClaren Pop Open 'Black Cloak'

We chat with the creators about their massively cramped fantasy comic and why confusion is their weapon.

We like big worlds, and we cannot lie. We like them, even more, when they come packed in extra thick premiere issues. Black Cloak #1 from creators Kelly Thompson and Meredith McClaren is the first event comic of 2023. It presents a massive, fantastical world jammed with magic, mystery, and mermaids. One part procedural, one part political intrigue, all parts pointedly compelling and weird as hell.

After devouring the first three issues, we came away from Black Cloak wickedly captivated and brimming with curiosity. And yes, we had plenty of questions too. Thankfully, Kelly Thompson and Meredith McClaren agreed to come on the show and break them down with us.

In this week's episode, we chat with Thompson and McClaren about the bottled anxiety they've created in their powder keg city, Kiros. We discuss why they structured the book the way they did, why McClaren is as in the dark about the city's future as we are, and why confusion is a mighty weapon in winning over your audience. Also, we consider whether or not Black Cloak's comparisons to Saga are fair or accurate.

Relevant Links to this Week's Discussion:

Black Cloak #1 is currently available from Image Comics. Keep up to date with everything going on in Kiros via Kelly Thompson's Substack. Follow Kely Thompson via Twitter and Instagram. Follow Meredith McClaren on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr.

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