We all know about Ghostface and his fascination/connection with the Iron Man franchise. However, there’s another Wu member who’s just as much of a comic book aficionado. Method Man has made it no secret that he’s a huge comic fan with a collection of over 25,000 comics. Meth has parlayed this enthusiasm into the creation of his own comic book, Method Man. Method plays Peerless Poe, a detective who’s out to rid the world of some Biblical bad-folk in what is a fun and energetic read.
Our own David D. was able to chop it up fanboy style with Method Man as he discusses his book, favorite comics, which of the summer adaptations were the most faithful – and of course, The Wire.
Sit back and witness how Tical makes it cool to like comics again.
Method Man: Wattup
TSS: What’s up man, what you got going on right now?
Method Man: On my way to San Diego for the Comic-Con.
TSS: Is this your first Comic-Con?
Method Man: Yeah, its my first time.
TSS: I know you’re a big comic collector. You excited about it?
Method Man: Yeah, I wanna see what it’s about. If it’s anything like the E3 I’m gonna have a blast.
TSS: So what’s the word with this comic book you got coming out?
Method Man: Huh?
TSS: What’s the word with this comic book you got coming out?
Method Man: (Laughs) It’s funny getting asked that, that’s why I wanted to hear you say that again. It’s called Method Man of course, named after me. Except for Method Man is in a gang of murderers who are descendants of the first murderer, Cain. My character doesn’t want anything to do with that lifestyle anymore nut that’s the only life he knows. So, in the outside world, he becomes a private investigator. He just takes the cases nobody else will because basically they don’t think the cases are real because they deal with paranormal and occult things.
TSS: So what was your role in the book? Did you just do the concept? The writing?
Method Man: The concept. David Atchinson took the writing over and Sanford Greene did the artwork.
TSS: What made you want to do this comic book?
Method Man: I never really thought about it. But when the opportunity presented itself, I jumped at it because I’m a big comic book fan.
TSS: Yeah, I remember the Wu-Tang had a comic book a few years ago. I collect too andâ€”
Method Man: Wack. That shit was wack. I ain’t understand that bullshit.
TSS: Who’s idea was it?
Method Man: I don’t know. I ain’t have nothing to do with that shit. There were a lot of things going on I ain’t have nothing to do with. Like that wack-ass video game. That video game was garbage.
TSS: Wait, which game was that?
Method Man: Shaolin Style or some shit like that.
TSS: Now, back to this comic, I hear you got 25,000 comics or something like that…
Method Man: Yeah, I got a gang of books.
TSS: What were your favorites and what really influenced this comic book?
Method Man: All of them, really. I basically stuck with Marvel. I like some of the independent titles. I read comics like Evil Ernie. Vampirella. Lady Death. All those outside independents and stuff like that. Dark Horse Comics and Image when it broke off and all those artists formed their own company. But mostly Marvel was my mainstay. And any X-Men.
TSS: So X-Men were the favorite?
Method Man: Yeah.
TSS: So what was your favorite character?
Method Man: All of’em really. I wasn’t that much of a geek where it’s like ‘such and such is my favorite character because he does this, that and the third.’ But I just love the books. I like the teamwork.
TSS: Did you catch the movies that came out this summer?
Method Man: I liked the Hulk because they kept it simple and stuck to the formula of Hulk being chased and the time and bothered and David Banner always having to constantly being on the move. That’s why I couldn’t understand that first movie. Iron Man was cool but I felt the bad guys weren’t up to par nor were the villains up to par in Spider-Man 3. You can’t put Venom and Sandman in the same movie. It’s like you wasted that shit.
TSS: Yeah, I though Venom should have had his own movie.
Method Man: Yeah pretty much, but this is the Hollywood format and formula for doing things. And I have to admit sometimes, even in the books, they kind of lump two characters together but it’s not all the time like that. Even this Batman movie, it didn’t live up to the hype. I think the fight scenes could have been better shot. I’m tired of the Hollywood idea of the audience actually wanting to be in the fight. So they keep the camera so close that you can’t actually see the fucking fight.
TSS: Yeah I know what you mean.
Method Man: You understand what I’m talking about? All you see is like the reaction or someone falling over a railing of some shit like that which we’ve seen a million times. That’s why when you get a movie like Wanted that slows the action up, y’know. It actually gets very graphic with it. That’s how far in detail a comic will actually go. We appreciate those details right there. But when you got the camera pushed in so close- we understand Batman is the Dark Knight but Batman whoops ass. Thoroughly. It’s like watching a Bruce Lee movie and shit. Bruce Lee doesn’t have to use a lot of strings and special effects and things like that and flying in the air and all that. No. We were intrigued by how he just whooped ass.
Method Man: I would love to see them pull the camera back and actually show these muthafuckas whoopin’ ass. Even in the Spider-Man shit with the CGI, the action moves so fast it’s hard to keep up with sometimes. If you’re not in an IMAX theater, it’s hard to keep up with the action. That’s why I like Hulk so much because they actually took the time to slow the shit even thought the CGI was shaky, though, on the Hulk.
TSS: So Batman didn’t live up to the hype? People are saying it’s the best comic movie ever.
Method Man: I think people are just getting smoke blown up they ass by the media and repeating what they’ve heard. I like the way they’re taking it to a more serious level but in the end it was too long. They shouldn’t have lumped Two-Face’s story up in there like that. They could’ve saved that for the next movie. It takes me back to the fight scenes. I couldn’t see shit. I wanted to see him thoroughly whoopin ass. The only time I heard the audience “woo” was when the motorcycle flipped on the wall and came back. And a few chuckles for some of the shit the Joker was saying.
Christian Bale is a type of actor that goes in and does his homework and gets it right. Some of those producers should have put him in the fucking fighting gym and had him like Zach Snyder had those dudes on 300. These dudes went and trained. So you could pull that camera back and you could see the fighting. They pay these actors enough, shit, they might as well go in for a month and take some classes.
TSS: Do you think someone is going to come at you with an adaptation of your book in the future?
Method Man: I don’t know. I mean, my book is rough around the edges too, sorta like the comic book movies and shit. I mean, I’m entitled to that being that its my first one. There were a few inconsistencies in there and its hard to follow the storyline sometimes and you gotta go back and read certain parts. But all in all they did an excellent job, David and Sanford. I appreciate all the work and effort they put into my book.
TSS: So are you going to do a second one?
Method Man: I don’t think so. I don’t know. I doubt it.
TSS: Now I gotta go here because at The Smoking Section, we’re huge followers of The Wire and I wanna know about Cheese Wagstaff. Did you really relate to him? How do you feel about the character?
Method Man: Everybody relate to Cheese. You gotta have a Cheese. A Yin and a Yang, y’know. Cheese was a dude for self.
TSS: Everyone is kind of upset about The Wire not getting an Emmy nod. They get snubbed?
Method Man: Yea, I thought they got snubbed. Before I even got on the show, I thought they got snubbed. But then, y’know you get these new television programs like “Mad Men,” y’know not trying to take anything away from those dudes but like they jumped right into Emmy contention. Barely had their program for six months then, right there, Emmy contention. America picks and chooses who they want to see and don’t want to see. You just gotta live with it.
TSS: Do you think it’s racial orâ€”
Method Man: I wouldn’t say racial, man. Let’s not play the racial card. It’s bad enough Obama running for president and people wanna play the racial card. It’s just a show that deals with so much realism that it’s too much for some people to take. That’s why it gets snubbed whereas you look at a Sopranos which at the end of the day, is entertainment whereas with The Wire it’s right up in your face. It scared America I think. It’s not a Black show. It’s definitely an everybody show. There’s cops that look at that show like “yea they got it right,” because, shit, one of the writers was an ex-cop. I mean, they did Baltimore a justice if you ask me. As well as an injustice in certain people’s eyes because of the ghetto aspect portrayed.
But I mean, when its real it’s real, you can’t hide it. Then you see the drug dealing and the cops and getting the wire into the system of the whole drug trade and going after the big guys and all that. 2nd season, they kind of switched it up. They went to the docks. You can’t tell a story without going to the docks and that’s what people can’t understand. And on top of that this was not a drug war show or a drug dealer show or a black show or a white show for that matter. It’s a show. Period. So in the third season they went back to the mattresses so to speak. The drug war and all that and the new blood trying to take over the old blood, which is all real. And they focused on the kids and the schools. It’s crazy. They covered every aspect they had to cover. Final season – newspaper and the thing was it’s all connected. You look at season one, you see the vibe. You see the connection. It’s like watching somebody’s life in five years.
TSS: So looking back years from now, people will look at the show as?
Method Man: Shit, I don’t know. You know shows like that, they get mentioned in shows like VH1 “I Love the 80’s”- y’know a quick mention and shit then it’s gone in the wind.
TSS: That’s a shame. You don’t think it’ll have a deeper impact than that?
Method Man: You see the Emmy nominations, bruh? You see anyone going to the internet and blowing up the Emmy’s about The Wire? No. I saw something on Cartoon Network that said that the “Star Wars episode of “Robot Chicken” got nominated for an Emmy.” And then it says “But no noms for the Wire?” with a big question mark and left it at that. That’s the best we can do. I’ll take it. But I think if people are that outraged they should write the Emmy’s and go protest, do all that shit and get it noticed. I think it’s so under the radar as far as Hollywood standards that it’ll never get one.
Previously Posted — “Man’s Only Hopeâ€¦” – Method Man Becomes “Peerless” in New Comic Book