Laming, who is drawing at least the first arc, is leaving a mark on the book as he goes; Pak told ComicBook.com that while he writes full-script style, “Marc is bringing his own vibe and smarts to every page and panel. He sends in layouts that editor Nate Cosby and I get to eyeball. I really don’t say that much — I’m mostly just watching the show unfold and cheering from the sidelines.”
Laming has also been sharing teases on Twitter, which Pak says are worth checking out.
While Pak has had a line on some of the most mainstream characters in comics, his success has allowed him to introduce and elevate a number of Asian or Asian-American characters in his book, helping to expand the worldview of the Marvel and DC Universes — and arguably of mainsteam comics as a whole. The more he has become known for it, the more it seems to shape his work.
“I grew up at a time when American media was chock full of stereotypical and racist depictions of Asians and Asian Americans,” Pak said. “Throughout my career as a storyteller, I’ve made a point of including characters of all different backgrounds in my stories, with a special emphasis on elevating non-stereotypical, three dimensional Asian American characters. The point isn’t to create role models or perfect paradigms; the point is just to have a wide variety of folks representing the real wide variety of folks in the real world. I’m particularly loving this book because our new version of Oddjob has big, fun flaws and is driven by passion more than anything else, which is the kind of role I’d love to see Asian actors get in Hollywood more often. Bond’s the consummate professional, always determined to do his job, whatever it is. Our new guy provides a huge contrast to that — as we’ll discover, he’s got a huge emotional story that motivates him in big, surprising ways. That complexity makes him so much fun to write.”