More details on that new comic from Dylan Sprouse we told you about a while ago. It’s called Sun Eater and it’s about a one legged Viking with a powerful parasite.
The comics is the brainchild of Sprouse, the former child actor and current entrepreneur, pagan and mead maker.
Sun Eater is a nine-issue saga that takes place in ninth century Norway, where a drug-addled warrior sacrifices his leg to the Gods. In return he is fused with a parasitic beast, giving him the power to rescue his son from his sworn enemies—history’s first Norwegian king and his five personal guards. The result is a grim and bloody adventure—a dark metaphor for drug addiction, selfishness, and the children it affects.
“I love fantasy-action and I wanted to create something that would appeal to newer fans of the genre while tackling an elevated story,” said Sprouse in a statement. “The characters I wrote are from actual tales and bardic songs, and the story is about the adult, dark, grotesque, and somber world of Sun Eater and its desperate, faulty protagonist. While I have been actively writing Sun Eater for years, the culmination of the content rings especially true for me now, at this stage of my life.”
The series will be co-written by Dylan Sprouse and Joe Harris, and illustrated by Diego Yapur, with cover art by Brian Steelfreeze. The editor is Joe Illidge, and it’s also part of a partnership between Heavy Metal and DIGA Studios.
Sprouse had more to say about the project in an interview at SyFy
“I’ve learned that people kind of want to ‘trial-by-fire’ me,” Sprouse tells SYFY WIRE, reflecting on the possible expectations people might have for his comic book debut — or any of his non-acting endeavors. “I generally live up [to expectations] because I don’t really give a f*** about what those people think anyway — excuse my French. But, the truth is, no, I don’t feel the need to prove myself. I feel the need to get out a good story that’s from my heart and one that I think is interesting, and I think other people will take something away from.”
The book debuts on July 17th and can be preordered from Heavy Metal’s web store. Some of the packages available include mead from Sprouse’s All-Wise Meadery in Brooklyn. We weren’t kidding about the mead thing.
And here’s some nice concept art by Yapur.