Eternus: Scout Comics & Thunder Comics Bringing A New Emotional Adventure Based on Greek Mythos
Scout Comics and Thunder Comics have announced a new series co-created by actor/director Andy Serkis and director Andrew Levitas titled Eternus. The seven-issue series is inspired by Greek Mythology and will follow Heracles, who is now a depressed drunk after the murder of his father Zeus thirty years ago. The old gods are in a constant struggle to stay alive during the years of Christian disruption since Zeus’s murder. New events unfold that may reveal the person who killed the god of thunder and Heracles must find a way out of the bottom of the bottle to protect the only person who may be able to identify the killer.
An all-star lineup of creators will bring this new series to life that is certain to do the gods justice with Don Handfield penning the series alongside Anastajza K. Davis featuring art by Karl Moline, colors by Andy Owens, and letters by Dave Lanphear. The main cover art will come from artist Rob Prior.
The official publisher’s description of Eternus reads:
“360 CE. The great god Zeus is long dead, brutally murdered in his own temple some thirty years prior. Heracles, Zeus’s son and champion, spends his days drunk and depressed as the old gods struggle to stay alive after decades of Christian disruption. When Athena’s Temple is sacked by a mysterious Centurion looking for a powerful relic that once belonged to Zeus, the old gods are convinced they have found Zeus’s killer. Now the mighty Heracles must sober up long enough to keep the lone witness, a 9-year-old blind priestess, alive long enough to identify the killer and finally find justice for his dead father.”
Eternus marks the first comic book to be financed by Thunder Comics which puts Handfield and Tim Zajaros Thunder in a promising place as they strive to team up with talent from film and TV and comic book creators to create one-of-a-kind stories. Handfield shared that he “could not think of a better way to launch a brand than in collaboration with great minds like Andy Serkis and Andrew Levitas.”
Speaking with Handfield, he shared his influences for Eternus and his love for characters in Greek Mythos, saying:
“I grew up reading Edith Hamilton and have always loved these characters. To me, they are the Porto-Avengers so working in this world felt like playing with a world and characters as rich and broad as the entire MCU. We did seven issues for this first series and I feel we barely scratched the surface.”
Handfield went on to share that although the characters in Greek Mythology are deeply rooted, the many interpretations of these characters allowed them to adapt them to the story while respecting their source material, saying:
“We drew heavily on both the actual mythology and historical references of the status of the religious ‘mystery cults’ that worshipped these gods. Each god has multiple interpretations so we had some wiggle room but tried to stay true to the essence of each character.”
Handfield assures readers that this story, although influenced by characters with a rich history in Greek Mythology, will be going through an emotional character journey that can be enjoyed by all, saying:
“Ultimately this is an emotional character journey about Heracles and a young priestess of Athena named Mina. Both characters are haunted by incredible loss and a feeling they failed the ones they love at their time of need. They are seeking redemption or revenge, but what they find is something far more valuable. If you liked the core relationship of The Professional or watching Arya Stark and the Hound you will enjoy Eternus.”
Eternus #1 will be coming soon to your favorite local comic shops (find one near you using Comic Shop Locator). Check out the preview below and prepare yourself to witness the mystery unravel before your eyes.
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