Watters, Roberts, and Stewart set that atmosphere from the first page of “The Creature From The Black Lagoon Lives!” Kate awakens from a dream of herself drowning. Some might say drowning is the most peaceful way to die, the narration suggests, a slow evaporation of life — as Kate sinks further, she realizes how wrong that is. 

Watters confesses to me this opening may have begun with V’s outline, but it affected him too much to change.

“As you go through the issues, it becomes more and more of a key idea of what it must be like to drown and what that can do to you as a person. So I started digging into accounts and reports and sort of like people’s near death experiences and things. It does things to the brain. And I thought that was [a] really interesting key thing to hang the whole [book] on.”

It certainly adds to the human pathos of the book, with Kate not just literally drowning but descending further on her quest to capture Collier. A human POV is a needed component in monster movies, as Universal Horror understood (and Watters does now):

“I think that’s the only way ‘The Creature from the Black Lagoon’ would really work, because it’s such a it’s such a mercurial thing. It’s such a mirror onto which people project their own desires. […] Everyone is kind of circling the creature with their own idea of what it is and what it can do for them. And that, generally speaking, leads to their downfall in this book at least.”

I currently have no more of how that downfall unfolds, but I’m excited to follow along.

“The Creature From The Black Lagoon Lives” issue #1 releases on Wednesday, April 24 at physical and digital retailers.

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