Oscar Isaac’s final episode of Moon Knight may have just hit Disney+, but another comics-related project of his just hit Kickstarter: Head Wound: Sparrow. Published by Legendary Comics in collaboration with Rocketship Entertainment, this supernatural noir graphic novel has a lengthy list of credits: created by Robert Johnson with story by John Alvey; developed by Oscar Isaac and Jason Spire; written by New York Times’ best-selling writer Brian Buccellato with art by Eisner winner Christian Ward.
That last name is the one you’ll notice the most – the book looks great, of course. A limited editions of the complete graphic novel just hit Kickstarter as a pre-order item, along with many exclusives. And there’s even a motion graphic trailer narrated by Isaac:
As for the story, which is based on an idea hatched by Isaac, Roberts and Spire:
Tangled up in the battle between Good and Evil, a crooked Louisiana detective with a higher purpose must psychically suffer the wounds of those he’s sworn to protect until he brings their assailants to justice. No one would call Leo a good person – much less a good cop. But when his best friend is shot in front of him, he wakes up with a hole in his own head that only he can see, and a host of mysterious strangers calling on him for action. Most people go about their daily lives ignoring or unable to see the divine battle for Good and Evil raging around them, but it has just become very real for Leo. As angels and demons vie for the fate of humanity, he must choose a side or risk seeing everyone and everything he has ever known destroyed as the stakes get higher and higher. As Leo sees the true faces of the people around him he must decide – will he do what’s best for him alone, or follow a higher purpose?
“I think there is something about this particular medium that allows such incredible world building and allows you to really express and juxtapose ideas that you can’t in other mediums,” said Isaac in a statement. “Marrying my love of comics with this specific form of storytelling, I am excited to bring Head Wounds: Sparrow to fans.”
The origin of the book is a bit odd: Johnson, Spire and Isaac are childhood friends, and the idea was inspired by a dream of Johnson’s that came following his diagnosis with stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma. After the success of Keanu Reeves’ BRZRKR, kickstarting a nerdlebrity-driven comic book makes good business sense; throw in Legendary and Rocketship’s existing relationship and you have the whole deal – and a nice looking graphic novel by Brian Buccellato and Christian Ward.
The regular version of Head Wounds: Sparrow will be published August 9, 2022. Some more details and a few sample pages below:
Publisher: Legendary Comics
Editor: Robert Napton
Format: Hardcover / Original Graphic Novel
Page Count: 120