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Filmmaking genius and character chameleon Andy Serkis releases comic book series Eternus, writes ANDREA BEATTIE

From seminal actor and filmmaker Andy Serkis and award-winning artist Andrew Levitas (Minimata), comes Eternus, an all-new seven-issue comic book series.

Is there anything Andy Serkis can’t do? Apparently not.

The Lord of the Rings actor has teamed with award-winning artist Andrew Levitas (Minimata) to create Eternus, an all-new seven-issue series from Scout Comics and Thunder Comics, written by Don Handfield (Knightfall, The Source) and Anastazja Davis (Sultana).

The series, presented at San Diego Comic-Con by Scout Comics, hits shelves on August 3.

English actor Serkis joined his fellow creator via video link for a panel to introduce the series.

Here’s what it’s all about

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.

Pretty neat eh?

‘Powerful but flawed’ characters

“When Andy and Andrew pitched us the concept for this series, we were immediately intrigued. Ana and I both discovered the Greek Gods through Edith Hamilton as kids and to us they were the first ‘superheros’,” said writer and Chief Creative Officer of Scout Comics, Don Handfield.

“Powerful, but deeply flawed, much like the humans they ruled over.  We really pushed each other to not only ground the story in actual history, but to also make it fun, fresh and different from what we’ve seen around this mythology before.” 

Eternus art is by Karl Moline (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, B.P.R.D.), Alexandre Nascimento (The Dark Age), Marco Del Forno, Inks by Andy Owens, colours by Pamela Poggiali and letters by two-time Eisner award-winner Dave Lanphear. 

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