Creator Michael Dolce was grilled on all things SIRE recently by Richard Vasseur and the fine folks at Jazma online. Here’s a brief snippet:
RV: How can a costume force a person to fight evil?
MD: Thru pain! (laughs). If the SIRE doesn’t follow the suit’s internal commands, no matter what they are, he’s struck by agonizing pain. And the real question? He has no idea why. So far, it’s pretty clear (after the first two issues) that some kind of otherworldly force is behind it, as SIRE continuously has visions of an alien-like creature, but the truth is something that will be explored throughout the series. And by issue three the reader will start to get a sense of what’s going on and we’ll go from there.
RV: How did you come up with the idea of a suit controlling him?
MD: Well, in trying to create a superhero universe, I thought to myself, “Why would anyone want to dress up like a superhero and fight crime?” I mean really, if I had super powers I’d be on the Today show or something, not on rooftops fighting crime. But I love the old Marvel heroes, and I love the way the super hero genre is built, so I needed another solution. Well, what if these people are forced to?
For the full interview click the link below: http://www.jazmaonline.com/interviews/interviews2.asp?intID=379