Top Quotes from Greg Rucka

I’ve always had a thing for theme parks and their less-glorious cousins, amusement parks, the carnival midway, and others of such ilk.

Greg Rucka

I love doing research. It’s like cheating, but with permission.

Greg Rucka

A character wandering around asking, ‘Who am I?’ isn’t, in and of itself, a story I’m interested in telling.

Greg Rucka

Heroes are defined by their villains – Batman is nothing if he doesn’t have Two-Face.

Greg Rucka

‘Alpha’ is a very fast-moving book. It doesn’t lend itself to laborious introspection and the navel-gazing that some stories can fall prey to.

Greg Rucka

There are still plenty of people who want to burn me at the stake for my Wonder Woman run. And I can’t really blame them, you know? That was my take on the character, and when people are invested in the characters, they see them very clearly and in the way they like.

Greg Rucka

When there’s a clear vision, and you’ve got the creative teams working toward that goal, each on their own, it can then come together quite elegantly at the endpoint.

Greg Rucka

There are so many great characters because one of the things that makes Batman fantastic is that Batman is tragic. I’ve said this elsewhere; I’ve said it over and over again, but the beauty of the character is that he’s a Don Quixote.

Greg Rucka

You know how a nonlethal weapon is supposed to work? A nonlethal weapon works on the basis of three things: It needs to deter, and that’s normally done through pain, and that pain creates a byproduct, which is fear.

Greg Rucka

I think if you look back at some of the stuff that we broadly label as the crime ‘ouvre,’ there are certainly elements of the supernatural at work.

Greg Rucka

I met one of my best resources because I cold-called the local FBI office one day early in my career with questions. The agent who took the call knew someone who knew someone who was ex-Army, trained in personal protection. The resulting introduction was one of the best, most enduring friendships I’ve ever enjoyed.

Greg Rucka

Emotional honesty transcends reality; it’s what allows disbelief to be suspended and yet what makes a story stay true.

Greg Rucka

I love ‘The Omen,’ just as a piece of plotting.

Greg Rucka

I’m not a huge Lovecraft fan as far as that goes; I think there are some stories of his that are really quite wonderful, but for the most part, I have great difficulties with his prose – and the more you know about the man, the harder it is to separate him from the work in many ways.

Greg Rucka

What we want to see is stories that are going to be honest stories about the characters that we’re telling them about.

Greg Rucka

I showed up pretty much at the exact right moment to end up with a lot of work on my plate very quickly, because I was young and foolish, and so I wrote very quickly.

Greg Rucka

All the sudden, I was part of the ‘No Man’s Land’ thing, and there was a bundle of core writers for that, but somewhere along the line, I became the go-to guy after that initial arc.

Greg Rucka

I think there are certain questions that get asked in comics over and over again, and people want definitive answers, but I feel like there shouldn’t be definitive answers.

Greg Rucka

We wanted to talk about death in the DC Universe, and how some people go to get a pass and come back, and some people didn’t. That opened up a whole other topic about legacy. We wanted to talk about what was required to be a hero, what were the elements of true heroism?

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I think that Batman loses his efficacy and mythology if he’s got too many people around him. That’s what the Justice League is for, you know what I mean?

Greg Rucka

I think Batman has the Wolverine problem. I think he’s overexposed.

Greg Rucka

You have to accept that Batman is a fact of life in Gotham City, and on top of that, you have to accept that somehow this city manages to function with a police force that’s 90% corrupt.

Greg Rucka

I like the ‘Keystone Kops’ storyline. It didn’t actually go quite the way I wanted to, but it was another great way to show how different life was in these two different corners of the DCU, being on the ground in these different areas.

Greg Rucka

There is a sequence in my ‘Detective Comics’ run where you can’t find consecutive issues by the same artist. That’s intentional. That was done on purpose.

Greg Rucka

I am the product of Denny O’Neil in many ways, I carry forth a lot of what Denny instilled in me.

Greg Rucka

Fear is one of the elements of nonlethal weaponry. You’re going to get hurt, and you don’t want to get hurt. Pepper spray hurts. You don’t want to be sprayed. That’s why it’s a useful deterrent as a nonlethal weapon – I’m not advocating spraying people randomly.

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There are a lot of people in the medium who came and got into the industry and work in the industry, and these are people who were raised on comics and loved comics. Comics are their religion. To such an extent, that they don’t know anything else.

Greg Rucka

Your ability to name every single variation of Kryptonite and every first issue in which it appears is a great pop quiz skill, but is not a great writing skill, all right? So just because you can do that doesn’t mean you know how to write.

Greg Rucka

I come from a prose background. I come from short story background, and that led me into novels.

Greg Rucka

The first story I can remember writing, that I truly set down on paper, was a Christmas story that I wrote when I was ten years old.

Greg Rucka

When I was in high school, I started writing a serial novel, longhand, set in the Arthurian mythos, and influenced not incidentally by Marion Zimmer Bradley’s ‘The Mists of Avalon.’

Greg Rucka

I write characters. Some of those characters are women.

Greg Rucka

We seek to craft characters who inspire empathy: characters our audience will care for and, as a result, will care about what happens to them and thus will share the journey we have charted. A story, after all, is the character’s journey.

Greg Rucka

I tend to see – socially, I don’t tend to be myself in a male role. I don’t know any other way to put it.

Greg Rucka

I’m a Caucasian American Jew. These are all things that make up who I am.

Greg Rucka

Character is made up of a variety of different things. One of those elements is gender.

Greg Rucka

The worst thing that can happen for a writer is for a writer to start believing their own press. I think the industry, and the comics industry in particular, is littered with the bodies of writers who believed their own press. And you can see the moment they did, and then the work nosedives.

Greg Rucka

The writer’s curse is that the more you fall in love with the work you’re doing, the more I think it shows.

Greg Rucka

I do crazy amounts of research. I want this stuff to ‘work,’ so to speak. I need to be, at least to me, believable – because if I feel – if I cannot invest some element of verisimilitude, the reader is absolutely not going to buy in.

Greg Rucka

The goal with ‘Alpha’ was to run towards the cliches and then to break through them, and that doesn’t change depending on the medium.

Greg Rucka

It’s funny because you know the novel process: you get the drafts, you get the galley, and then you get the galley proofs. You have opportunities to change things all along. But the further along in the process you go, the more careful you have to be in making those changes, and the smaller the changes have to be.

Greg Rucka

When I was in third grade, I would run home – literally run home from school – and if I could make it in time, I could get home and the put the TV on in time to catch the answering machine message at the start of ‘The Rockford Files.’

Greg Rucka

When I started out as a novelist, I thought I was going to be a private-eye writer. That was my intent, and that’s what I studied, I mean, scholarly.

Greg Rucka

My college senior thesis was going to be on the American private investigator.

Greg Rucka

I love liminal characters. I love these characters that are outside and enter and consequently are perpetually outsiders, and who hold themselves to a higher standard.

Greg Rucka

When we’re 16, we have lots of heavy thoughts. And these are the heavy thoughts, where, when we’re in our 30s, we look at 16-year olds and sort of scorn it.

Greg Rucka

Speaking as a father, there is no rulebook, and you don’t know how to do it. You just do the best you can.

Greg Rucka

Comics fans want new stuff that looks exactly like the old stuff. It is hard for the publishers, and even the audience, to change something.

Greg Rucka

Every character needs an adversary – one who is both challenging and a contrast for the hero. The best adversaries reveal something about the character they’re contrasting.

Greg Rucka

Punisher is scary; he should be scary.

Greg Rucka

To me, the joy you’re going to get in a ‘Punisher’ story is watching him punish incredibly wicked people. Now, if you can add to that an emotional content, wonderful.

Greg Rucka

Every writer is going to end up drawing from their own experiences in one way or another.

Greg Rucka