Sea of Stars is due out July 3 from Image. On it, Aaron will collaborate with co-writer Denis Hallum and artist Stephen Green. The book was first announced by Deadline, which billed it as Jack Kirby, Finding Nemo, and The Road — in space.
The comic’s plot weaves together two separate space adventures. Talking to Deadline, Hallum had this to say about its creative genesis:
Jason and I talked about co-writing a story for years, but our sensibilities are so different it never clicked. He had an adventure story about a little boy swimming through the stars. I wanted to turn it into an ice-truck driver who’s kid goes missing in the arctic. Our brains just wouldn’t line up.
Hallum went on to explain that instead of finding a compromise, the team just asked artist Green to draw both of their stories at the same time. This method makes sense, given that Kirby-Nemo-The Road is so disparate it sounds like a random prompt for a creative writing exercise. Aaron, for his part, had this to add:
This is a story about a father and son who get separated. In the wildest reaches of outer space. And from there, it becomes very important that this series has two writers. Because Dennis and I are basically doing two radically different perspectives on the same sort of deep space journey. While the kid finds himself suddenly gifted with a wondrous power that allows him to joyfully swim his way through the stars alongside some talking space animals, the dad is alone and fighting for his life every step of the way against the most dangerous and inhospitable environment imaginable. And then there’s the matter of the giant space monster that seems to have a strange interest in both father and son.
This is far from Aaron’s first book for Image. Aaron’s most prominent work is likely his ongoing massive run on Thor. He, however, also has Southern Bastards, his sporadically-released (but always excellent) creator-owned collaboration with Jason Latour. His Ron Garney collaboration Men of Wrath also recently moved to the publisher from Marvel’s Icon imprint. Meanwhile, this has also been a big week for Hallum, who was announced as the new writer on Valiant’s X-O Manowar. Artist Stephen Green’s most prominent work is likely Hellboy and the BPRD.
Preview art, also first shared by Deadline, can be found below: