‘Pacific Rim’ comic writer continues tradition of fully-realized female characters

The fate of “Pacific Rim 2” still hangs in the balance, but the show must go on. Branching out the lore of this fascinating world, Legendary has tapped creator Guillermo del Toro, screenwriter Travis Beacham, and writer Joshua Fialkov to bring Jaegars and Kaiju to life on the comic page. PACIFIC RIM: TALES FROM THE DRIFT #1 goes on sale 11/04/15.

From the press release:

Following the best-selling graphic novel Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero, Legendary takes you back to the frontlines of a larger-than-life battleground with Pacific Rim: Tales from the Drift, the official new comic series presented by director Guillermo del Toro and Pacific Rim screenwriter Travis Beacham. Prepare to do battle with all-new Kaiju creatures in this thrilling continuation of the Pacific Rim universe.

Hitfix Harpy spoke to writer Joshua Fialkov over the phone about what it was like to put his stamp on this monstrous universe.

Image Credit: Legendary Pictures

HITFIX HARPY: How did you feel when you were brought on board to help flesh out the world of “Pacific Rim”?
JOSHUA FIALKOV: The story that Travis [Beacham] and Guillermo [del Toro] came up with is very character driven and it's something that really speaks to what I think I do well. It's great getting to work with a franchise that I genuinely think is one of the best new franchises of the past 20 years. It's just original and fun and a mash-up of so many things that I love. Just getting to work on it is an absolute thrill for me.

Were the characters and plot already in place or did you get to help create the story you wanted to tell?
JOSHUA: The overall story was there and some of the terms where there but what my job was finding the characters. Finding out who these people are and finding a way to execute it that spoke to what Travis and Guillmero wanted to talk about within the universe.

What can fans of the movie expect from the comic series?
JOSHUA: It's funny because there is so much in it and I don't want to spoil anything. It's set before the movie and it's about two Jaeger pilots who have a very strange history. [When we catch up to today] they are one of the best teams. The story sort of follows how these two people came together and how the relationship between them makes them different and special as Jaeger pilots.