It’s been a long time since one of the core OpWound creators has launched a new webcomic. The wait is now over. Richard Serrao’s new online graphic novel is now live. It will update with 3 new pages every Thursday over at webcomicsnation.com.
Silent Scream is about a stripper named Bouncing Betty who goes on a kill crazy rampage taking out mobsters, pimps, hit men, pedophiles and any other low-lifes you can think of and along the way she becomes partners with a two man kill team who teach her a thing or two about hunting and killing two legged prey.
I got Rich to write a few words on his new story.
The original idea only involved her and it was called 13 the Hard Way and was about her time working for the Triads as a hitwoman. The other part of the story involving a hitman and his partner was originally pitched to Marvel comics as a very dark and violent Punisher mini story about 3-4 years before Max was created and of course it was rejected for being too dark and too violent. So…that left me with all of this material finished and no one wanting it. That’s when I decided to have a bit of fun with the stories and mix them together and see what happened.
I wanted to do a revenge story that I wanted to read, very reminiscent of the grind house films of the 70’s and 80’s. At the time Punisher Max didn’t exist and most of the comics out there were pretty tame with the exception of Preacher. I didn’t want to pull any punches so I made it with an over the top level of insane violence, sex and peppered it heavily with foul-mouthed dialogue and finally stirred it with a film noir sensibility.
Most of the comic scene has changed during the length of time that it took me to do the work for this GN but I still feel like no one has really touched on a story exactly like this one…Silent Scream pretty much wrote itself. For me the hard part was trying to get into the head of each character in order to understand how they would think and speak and still be able to walk away afterwards without losing who I was. It was sort of like method acting, immersing myself so completely into each character. It became a bit scary for me at the time because I was on Morphine in the Hospital hooked up to an IV unit. I was not allowed to eat for almost a week as tests were being run on me. Needless to say, writing when you’re hopped up is quite an experience to say the least.
New pen and ink drawing by Richard Serrao.