This straight from the Wildstorm website: “The secret history of Walter Bishop and William Bell continues in this exclusive tie-in to the hit Fox show Fringe! Witness their first attempts at pushing the boundaries of science and reality!” Price: $2.99 (US)
Mike Johnson, who is one of the Fringe comic writers, spoke to Comic Book Resources about Fringe comic #2 and reveals some hints about the remainer of the series:
Johnson revealed the next chapter in Bishop and Bell’s early history is explored in “Fringe” #2, on sale on this week. “Things get even weirder for them,” laughed Johnson. “By this time, [Bishop and Bell] are sharing a lab and starting to experiment with things that the university would probably not approve of, if it knew about them.”
The budding relationship serves as the plot thread stringing the six-issue miniseries together. A series of backup features, telling done-in-one mysteries, are also included. “Each issue in the series is divided into two parts: the first half, or A-story, will continue the story of Bell and Bishop, while the second half, the B-story, will be a self-contained short story with unconnected characters that plays on a different Fringe-y concept, with subtle ties to the show itself,” Johnson explained. “The A-stories with Bell and Bishop form one over-arching story that culminates in both ‘Fringe’ #6 and the pilot for the show, so make sure you watch it again. And the B-stories are each self-contained short stories. We are all huge fans over here of ‘The Twilight Zone’ and ‘The Outer Limits,’ the classics, so our B-stories are homages to sci-fi parables like the ones in those shows.”
Johnson said Walter is an interesting character to write because in the “Fringe” comic stories, he’s a “different guy” than the one we see on the show. “He’s young, he’s just starting his career, and most importantly he’s not crazy,” offered Johnson. “At least not in the conventional way, but we put hints in there that all will not end up well in his world.
“As for Bell, we’re playing with the idea that he will end up the richest man in the world one day, in charge of the biggest corporation in the world, Massive Dynamic, but he starts as an idealistic young scientist.”
While he said we may see Olivia and Peter at some point in the comics, Johnson added, “Just not in the way you might think.”
Readers will also be introduced to some new supporting characters in “Fringe” that play important roles in the shared history of Bell and Bishop, but they have not yet been introduced on the TV show proper. “Or have they?” Johnson teased.
With “Fringe” now picked up for a full 22-episode season, fans are of course wondering if plans are afoot to continue on with the comics beyond the first miniseries. “Nothing is set in stone, but it would be great to do more if the demand is there,” said Johnson. “We have a great team in place. Tom Mandrake is our artist. He’s a brilliant storyteller whose style is perfect for the kinds of stories we want to tell. And the whole team at Wildstorm is creating beautiful books that are a great complement to show itself.”
Wildstorm’s “Fringe” comic book is very much set within the continuity of the greater “Fringe” mythos. But, Johnson added, “If anything contradicts the show, the show wins because it’s on TV, and comics are on paper.”
While Johnson doesn’t work directly on the “Fringe” television show, he certainly wouldn’t consider himself a fan on the fringe. “Even if I didn’t work for the creators, I would be obsessed with this show. I eat it up,” laughed Johnson. “It’s smart, funny and creepy in the best way. It has the inherent suspense of a good police procedural in each episode, but with a cool ongoing story unfolding behind it all. And there are amazing actors who can do anything, and the relationships between the characters just get more interesting as the show goes along.”
Source: Comic Book Resources