A couple of months ago I was able to review the first issue of a new Miami Vice comic series from Lion Forge Comics & IDW. At the time of the review I sent some questions over to the comic creators Joe Casey and Jim Mahfood, and both have been gracious enough to provide answers about the creation and future of the remixed detectives.
Q: Miami Vice is no stranger to the ‘reboot’ phenomenon. How does your ‘remix’ differ to previous attempts to resurrect the brand?
Joe Casey: I didn’t know there were previous attempts. Is nothing sacred anymore?!
Jim Mahfood: This version exists in the Jim Mahfood/Joe Casey Universe so it has a look and feel completely unto itself. There’s nothing else like it. We don’t even say if it’s the 1980’s or not. It’s up to reader to figure it out.
Q: When we recently reviewed the first issue, it took me a while to get Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas out of my mind. How did you tackle your interpretations of the characters? Do you see your Crocket and Tubbs as completely fresh takes on the characters or as the 80’s TV show icons transplanted into modern-day Miami?
Joe Casey: As much as I’m a fan of both of those actors and their respective body of work, we took this on to get under the skin of the characters, Crockett and Tubbs. From knowing the show, I’d like to think we captured their essence without being slaves to the live action interpretations.
Jim Mahfood: I didn’t even think of the actors from the TV show when I did this. The look of my Crockett & Tubbs is completely original and it’s a representation of my Visual Funk drawing style. The style exists in its own realm.
Q: As a retro-themed website, we’re obviously big fans of the TV show. How does the remixed format cater for the old-school fans like us?
Joe Casey: I think our Miami Vice gives you everything you might’ve loved about the show without making you feel dirty for wallowing too deeply in nostalgia laced with questionable fashion tastes.
Jim Mahfood: Crockett & Tubbs are still total badasses. They drive the classic black Ferrari. Castillo is still their boss. Elvis the alligator is still there. So, we’re paying homage to the vibe and the tone of the show without doing exactly the show. That would be boring. This is comics. It’s the Mahfood/Casey Universe and it’s going to be unique, insane, funny, psychedelic, and edgy.
Q: You’ve turned everything up to eleven with your first issue. Is that the plan for the entire series?
Joe Casey: Absolutely. You have no idea just how high we can crank this.
Jim Mahfood: Yea, we don’t pull any punches. Readers will be taken on a thrilling ride, that’s for sure. Ha ha.
Q: Do you have a hit list of things you want to accomplish? Are we going to see anything crazy like Crocket riding Elvis towards a Miami sunset? :)
Joe Casey: Excuse me for a second… I need to go do a quick rewrite…
Jim Mahfood: I don’t want to give away too many secrets, but like I said, Elvis is most definitely there.
Q: And finally, are there any other 80’s properties you’d like to tackle in the future? I’d love to read ALF: Remix if you’re scouting for ideas!
Joe Casey: Alf will have his day back in the pop cultural courtroom, I’m sure. And he’d be just as guilty now as he was back then.
Jim Mahfood: ALF would be rad! Let’s do it!
So, there you have it, I think we can expect great things from this new 5-issue mini-series. I’d like to thank Joe and Jim for taking the time to answer our questions and to the kind folks at Wonacott Communications who handled PR duties.
You can pick up issue 1 on March 25 and issue 2 follows on April 22.