Andy Serkis will soon bring a fresh take on Greek mythology to life in a new comic series entitled Eternus.
CBR has an exclusive preview of Scout Comics and Thunder Comics’ Eternus. The new series is a collaboration between Serkis — renowned for his motion-capture work in The Lord of the Rings and Planet of the Apes films — and Andrew Levitas, who directed the films Lullaby and Minamata.
The seven-issue series, first announced in 2021, stars an intoxicated Heracles who needs to investigate the mysterious death of his father Zeus. Other figures from Greek mythology play a prominent role in the story, including Medusa, who appears on the cover of Issue #1. Co-plotted by Serkis and Levitas, the issues are written by Don Handfield and Anastazja Davis, who have respectively penned the television series Knightfall and Disconnected. Karl Moline (Fray, Route 666), Alexandre Nascimento (The Dark Age) and Marco Del Forno pencil the series. Inks are done by Andy Owens, colors by Pamela Poggiali and letters by Dave Lanphear.
“360 CE. The great god Zeus is long dead, brutally murdered in his own temple some thirty years prior,” a description of the series reads. “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.”
“This sequence sets the tone for Eternus, and its main character, Mina, the blind priestess of Athena,” Handfield said. “The sacrificial lamb is a symbol of the journey to come. This is just a taste, and we look forward to everyone’s reaction— it’s been an exciting collaboration!”
Eternus marks Serkis’ first major dive into the printed comic book space, but the renowned actor and director has made major moves in the realm of comic movies. Serkis notably played Ulysses Klaue in the Marvel films Avengers: Age of Ultron and Black Panther, and reprised the role in the Disney+ series What If…? The actor has crossed over into the world of DC films as well, performing alongside Robert Pattinson’s Dark Knight as Alfred Pennyworth in The Batman. Venom: Let There Be Carnage from 2021 was also directed by Serkis, who gushed about the experience of working alongside Tom Hardy and called fantasy, science-fiction and other comic-inspired films “our modern mythological stories” in an interview with CBR.
The first issue of Eternus hits comic book store shelves on August 3, featuring a cover by Rob Prior.
Source: Scout Comics, Thunder Comics