Thursday, April 22, 2010
CBR: KIRKMAN & SILVESTRI TALK "PILOT SEASON: STEALTH"
It's never easy to watch a parent's physical and mental health deteriorate before your very eyes, but it's even harder when that parent insists on maintaining his role as the world's greatest superhero.
Such is the dilemma in the pages of "Stealth," the third and latest entry into writer Robert Kirkman and artist Marc Silvestri's ongoing takeover of Top Cow's "Pilot Season" event. Written by Kirkman, designed by Silvestri and illustrated by Sheldon Mitchell, "Stealth" tells the story of Todd Carey, a young man whose life is falling apart all around him: he's recovering from a bitter divorce, his daughter is flunking out of college and his father has been diagnosed with Alzehimer's disease. But in the midst of all these concurrent dilemmas comes a well-known masked vigilante called Stealth - a vigilante that just so happens to be Todd's ailing father.
"[Todd's] life is a wreck right now," Kirkman told CBR of the concept. "His father, who has a pretty bad case of Alzheimer's disease, decides to move in with him so his son can take care of him. Once they move in together, he quickly learns that his father has been a superhero named Stealth for the better part of his life. He had been something of an absentee dad, so they have a complicated relationship, but now he learns that his dad has been out saving the world this whole time - that's part of the reason that everything is so bad between them. On top of that, his father is still going out and trying to fight crime, but because of the Alzheimer's, he's doing so to disastrous results. It's kind of an added burden on the son."
Read the full article here.