“Drawing comics is incredibly therapeutic. It is when I’m the most at peace and the happiest on any given day,” says Liefeld, who is in the midst of finishing up issue four of Snake Eyes, the IDW series focusing on the fan-favorite G.I. Joe character.
Despite Liefeld’s affection for the character, the latest issue sees Snake Eyes take a back seat, with the story focusing on Stormshadow, and also bringing back a number of little-seen Joe characters, including Bulletman, one of Liefeld’s childhood favorites.
“Look for more obscure 1970s G.I. Joe characters,” Liefeld says. “I’m reactivating stuff that is 45 years old.”
The new Snakeyes issue comes days after the world learned the news of Marvel Studios bringing on the Molyneux sisters to write a third Deadpool. After the news broke, Liefeld quickly jumped on social media to gauge the reaction, and found none better than that of Deadpool makeup artist Bill Corso, who wrote on Instagram: “Apparently Marvel and Disney have come to their senses and have given it the go-ahead … Might have to dig up the old avocado sooner than later.”
Liefeld, who counts himself as a fan of Bob’s Burgers, notes that the Molyneux sisters must have had a strong pitch to win over star Ryan Reynolds and Marvel. He’s excited to see their take on the foul-mouthed hero, who moves from Fox to Disney-owned Marvel for the film, following Disney’s acquisition of the studio.
“I think people should just be open to new voices,” says Liefeld. “Without new voices, I never would have gotten a job in comics. Without new voices, [Walking Dead creator] Robert Kirkman never breaks into comics.”
Snake Eyes: Deadgame is in the middle of its five-issue run now.