Calling all comic book fans, this one’s for you! Yep, that’s right, Dylan Sprouse is about to become an author, and fans can’t contain their excitement.
For those who missed it, on April 28, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody alum spoke with SYFY WIRE, and he revealed that he has a comic in the works for the sci-fi and fantasy magazine Heavy Metal. Titled Sun Eater, the series is a nine-issue saga that takes place in Norway during the ninth century. According to a press release, the series is all about “a drug-addled warrior who 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,” the 27-year-old also dished. “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.”
During a previous interview, the actor admitted that it’s a “deeply personal, familial story to me.”
“[The comic] largely takes inspiration from the sagas that my own Scandinavian-American grandparents were reading both my brother and I while we were younger,” he said.
While talking to ET, the Sprouse twin revealed that the comic’s main character, Kveldulf, was based off his mom.
“My own mother is influencing the main character, basically one for one in a lot of ways,” he explained. “His interactions with other characters, his compulsions, his ability or inability to kind of navigate the world around him is really all informed by my real-life happenings that I’ve encountered with my own mother.”
He continued, “What I hope for Sun Eater in general is that not only is it a story that’s interesting and entertaining to people who like this kind of genre, but also that it’s a little bit of a cautionary tale, and it empathizes with people who were raised in similar situations, and that it creates a dialogue between all of us.”
As for the plot, Dylan said it’s taking on a pretty dark tone.
“This is much more along the lines of Neil Gaiman‘s American Gods,” he explained. “I’m writing from a Pagan perspective, [exploring] what these gods and goddesses represent, both in metaphorical ways and also how they might have literally interacted with people.”
For those who don’t know, Dylan is a longtime comics fans. In fact, he even recalled the first time he stepped into a comic book store while talking with the site.
“It was kind of a forbidden section. It had these really sexy women on pterodactyls,” Dylan remembered “Like, I shouldn’t be there, but I was always sneaking a peek at the magazine anyway. I learned to have a major appreciation of that magazine through it. I found a lot of artists that I still love today.”
Get this, you guy, the comic books are available for pre-order, right now, with the first installment set to ship on July 17!
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