Die, die, die? How about guns, guns, guns?! Skybound’s latest book, Assassin Nation is one hell of a hectic murder fest. Helmed by Kyle Starks (Rock Candy Mountain, Sexcastle) and Erica Henderson (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl), Assassin Nation brings 20 of the world’s greatest killers together in one room. Their job? Protect their new crime boss, whom Starks describes as “the World’s Former Greatest Hitman,” from getting killed, himself. Sounds like overkill to hire 20 people, right? Well, honestly, maybe not, given what’s about to happen when the first issue comes out on March 13th.
Featuring characters with eccentric names like Fuck Tarkington and Dave, Assassin Nation is poised to be a riotous good time filled with laughs and violence. But don’t take my word for it– Image has kindly provided the Beat with an opportunity to hear from one of Assassin Nation‘s principle hitmen-turned-bodyguards. And not just anyone, either. Today, we’re talking to Bishop, the guy who dethroned his new boss for the title of World’s Greatest Hitman.
Bishop: Are we—? We’re just out here talking candidly? I mean, I guess it doesn’t matter. I’m retired—it doesn’t matter who knows about my prior career now. This gun? I got this gun special ordered from a guy in Germany who does good, custom work. I got it so I could keep my head straight. Keep my mind on where it’s supposed to be. And that’s revenge.
The Beat: Who’s the first person you killed for money?
Bishop: Shit, we’re just getting into it, huh? I was mentored in, actually, I apprenticed with a real old head who taught me the ropes. Taught me everything I knew, but I had a nose for it. Took it to the next level. The first kill I did on my own was some Wall Street guy who made some questionable decisions that rubbed people the wrong way. I tell you, man were my hands sweaty. I don’t want to give you too many details, but it wasn’t clean. I screwed the pooch pretty bad. I learned a lot about how important it was to be professional and to do the job right. You can’t go into a thing like what I did and not have a plan in place.
The Beat: What do you think about retirement?
Bishop: I am retired. A few years back, my husband was killed and I was done. I was out. You can never really be with anyone or rest if you’re active, and I just couldn’t handle it anymore. The only reason I’m here now is Rankin got the Top 20 Killers together and I know one of them killed Luis.
The Beat: So you’re in semi-retirement, then?
Bishop: I may be out here but I’m still retired. I’m done with the pay-to-kill circuit. But I got one last job to do. I got one last life to snuff. And nothing and no one is going to stop me from getting my revenge.
Earlier this week, Monkeys Fighting Robots spoke with Dave about which assassins he’d Kiss/Marry/Kill. And next week, several other assassins will have a chance to say their piece as well. Here’s a quick rundown:
- Monday, 1/28: Paste Magazine speaks with F*ck Tarkington & Meat Stick
- Tuesday, 1/29: Multiversity Comics talks to Fernando
- Wednesday, 1/30: SYFY Wire in conversation with Smoke & Wistful Stan
And because we couldn’t let ya go gentle into that good night without a little more action, here’s a sneak peek at Assassin Nation #1.
Alex is the New Media Editor of the Comics Beat. He is also a freelance comics editor with previous credits at First Second, Top Cow, and Papercutz. He primarily covers DC Comics and Magic: the Gathering.