Jesse Alexander: TV to Comics with the Howling Commandos
By Zack Smith
This May, Marvel takes you back to WWII for an untold tale of Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos. Howling Commandos: Shotgun Opera is a 40-page one-shot by TV writer Jesse Alexander and veteran artist John Paul Leon (most recently seen on Ex Machina Special) that serves as a companion to Captain America: White by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale.
Alexander is a new name to comics, though he’s been associated with some of the most popular genre shows of the last decade. A former co-executive producer on Alias, Lost and most recently Heroes, which he left along with Jeph Loeb late last year. Alexander’s currently filming a new pilot for NBC called Day One, a new apocalyptic drama starring David Lyons (ER), Julie Gonzalo (Veronica Mars and Eli Stone) and Thekla Reuten (In Bruges) among many others.
We called up Alexander during a break from shooting the two-hour pilot to find out what’s going down with the Howlers on this mission. In part one of this two-part convo, one thing becomes apparent: Jesse Alexander loves the Howling Commandos.