Followers of the 1980 cult basic sword and sorcery journey movie Hawk the Slayer have an thrilling new miniseries to stay up for due to author Garth Ennis and Revolt Publishing. The movie starring John Terry and Jack Palance facilities on two brothers warring for management over a magical sword.
The story left an impression on a younger Ennis, and now the author identified for The Boys and Preacher will get to share a unbroken saga with artwork by Decide Dredd artist Henry Flint and covers by Magic the Gathering artist Greg Staples.
Ennis chatted with us concerning the miniseries, which is able to begin with a 32-page situation in April. (In January, nonetheless, it is going to additionally run because the bagged complement with problems with Decide Dredd Megazine.)
Deanna Destito: Because you’ve been an enormous fan for thus lengthy, have you ever had this persevering with story cooking for a while?
Garth Ennis: Very a lot so. I let numerous publishers know I used to be thinking about Hawk through the years – you usually get requested if there’s a franchise you’re significantly thinking about, one thing they’re hoping to relaunch and make a fortune off, and then you definitely get to observe their faces twist in bewilderment once you say Hawk the Slayer. Past that, when it’s a film or ebook you’re keen on, there’ll be questions you’ve been questioning concerning the solutions to for the reason that first time you encountered it. On this case, forty years.
Destito: What about this character and movie attracted you, particularly at a younger age?
Ennis: I feel I noticed it at simply the suitable age, simply the suitable second. Hawk is one in all a form: it’s a British sword & sorcery film, so it clearly options our ever-inspiring local weather. You get numerous stuff taking place within the deep woods, slightly than the standard deserts and mountains that different entries within the style appear to make use of as areas. The characters are memorable. The heroes are a fairly harmful bunch, far much less upstanding than your typical fantasy characters, and the villain actually is one for the ages. The story goes in a fairly straight line and manages to not falter. All in all, Hawk The Slayer has caught with me in a approach that no different film of its form has managed to.
Destito: How did this inventive crew come collectively?
Ennis: As soon as Revolt heard I used to be they introduced out the large weapons. Henry Flint could be very a lot 2000 AD A-list, and Greg Staples has been doing astonishing, film poster-style covers for so long as I can keep in mind.
Destito: What about this miniseries will appeal to new followers?
Ennis: I think about they’ll come for the style and/or the inventive crew, and hopefully keep for the characters and story. Hawk the Slayer could be very a lot its personal peculiar beast; there’s nothing else fairly prefer it within the style. One factor I wished to do was focus closely on the characters, to proceed the present story slightly than develop the world of Hawk right into a typical fantasy world of warlords and energy bases – I actually assume you will get that stuff anyplace, and one factor I didn’t wish to do was lose the distinctive tone of the unique. So that you get an excellent chunk of the unique solid, but in addition some new characters who will work effectively alongside them, they usually don’t get misplaced because the narrative unfolds.
Destito: Moreover Hawk, who’s your favourite character on this world to convey to life?
Ennis: Arduous to say. I like Crow, the completely deadly bowman who’s just about a one-man artillery regiment. Gort the large is pretty much as good a stoic right-hand man as you’ll discover anyplace. New woman Bella is nice enjoyable, as is the mysterious lady identified solely as Lady. However I feel delight of place has to go to Voltan; Jack Palance made him one thing very particular, and it’s been a hoot having him chew up each little bit of surroundings in sight as he howls his evil at a trembling world (to not point out committing unprovoked assaults on baked items). Voltan doesn’t look the identical, he’s evolved- or maybe devolved- fairly a bit. However I feel followers of the film will see he’s the identical monster below what’s left of his pores and skin.
Destito: The problems which are hitting in January as a complement to the Megazine: are they full points or mini previews of the total installments beginning in April?
Ennis: They’re full points, however we’re saving Greg’s covers for the US format launch in April. They’ll be well worth the wait.
Destito: Do you could have any extra plans to create on this universe sooner or later?
Ennis: Not for the time being. I just about scratched the Hawk The Slayer itch with these 5 points. However one thing might effectively happen as soon as the sequence sees print. Generally the best way folks reply to a narrative will get you fascinated with it differently.
Try a sneak peek of some pages beneath!