3/12 – The Strands of the Void: The Holy Alliance of Total Expression, aka H.A.T.E.!
The above art is by Scott Reed, who also drew the cover to Void #1. Scott helped me bring many of my characters to life in a comic format. This one, from 2006, depicts a scene from my planned 3rd novel, Stands Against the Wind. The heroic native American fighting for his life is US Army CSM Greg Samson. The large SS thug is a genetically enhanced (DGH maybe?) enforcer for H.A.T.E. named Kreed. Look for Kreed to appear in the latter issues of Void!
Welcome to part 3/12 of the special feature, The Strands of the Void. In this 12-part series, I’ve been spotlighting characters and themes found in Void that stretch either from Dogwoods Blush or, most of all, forward into Dove of War. This week, let’s look at a very unique strand, the bizarre cult called the Holy Alliance of Total Expression, or H.A.T.E.!
H.A.T.E. sprang from my love of the old James Bond type tales of the 1960s. As you may recall, Agent 007 uncovered his nemesis, Blofeld, who was the head of an international crime syndicate called S.P.E.C.T.R.E. (SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion). I LOVED the concept of a group whose name was an acronym for their purpose. Soon after, television debuted the small screen version of 007, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (United Network Command for Law and Enforcement). And in MARVEL Comics, as everyone now knows from the Iron-Man and Captain America movies, Colonel Nick Fury leads an organization called S.H.I.E.L.D. (Supreme Headquarters International Espionage and Law Enforcement Division).
Thus, I designed H.A.T.E. to be a homage to those great tales of the past, and readers of Void know that this organization made its debut in the Bill Cain Universe (BCU) in Void issue #2, Like A Thing Alive! So far as Void is concerned, H.A.T.E. begins and ends with Darwin Koenig, the creepy leader of the London-based branch. Assisted by his thuggish bodyguard, Apollo Thorne, Koenig preaches total freedom by doing away with laws and allowing survival of the fittest. Just who is Koenig and what are his true plans? Suffice it to say that he will be the #1 enemy to Void in this series, and Void’s battles with Apollo Thorne will become legendary. Yes … BATTLES … as in MANY!
But H.A.T.E. is much larger than Koenig’s London operation. And while they do not appear in Dove of War, they and their mysterious as yet unnamed leader will be a MAJOR threat to the world in my planned 3rd novel, Stands Against the Wind! More on that as it unfolds, but for today, just know that when anyone associated with the organization of HATE appears, RUN away as fast as you can. Their origins and objectives are monstrous, both literally and figuratively!
Coming July 25, 2012: Part 4/12 – The Strands of the Void: Maria Taliffero!