Legendary Comics teams with Oscar Isaac for Head Wounds: Sparrow, a new original supernatural noir graphic novel set for early 2021!
Things are really heating up at [email protected] 2020, and today it was Legendary Comics’ turn to share some exclusives! The big one came in the form of “Head Wounds: Sparrow”, a graphic novel developed by actor Oscar Isaac and writer Bob Johnson.
Not just a name and a pretty face, Isaac is longtime fan of comic books and has always wanted to take on a project such as this. When speaking about it, the Star Wars actor had this to say…
“I’m really excited about the team we’ve put together with Brian (Buccellato) writing and Christian (Ward) doing his incredible art. I think it’ll be something that’s totally unique, and thrilling, and weird, but is about something that is very real.”
For Bob Johnson, the graphic novel is a much more personal accomplishment having been diagnosed with Stage 4 non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. He quit his day-job and dedicated his time to his passion, writing. Childhood friends, Oscar got a hold of the story’s protagonist “Leo”, and was intrigued…
“I wrote a lot, right from the start. Eventually, it was so exciting when (Oscar) got back to me and told me how much he liked the character, and we had a good talk about empathy.”
Here’s the official release from Legendary…
LOS ANGELES, July 23, 2020 – At today’s [email protected] panel, Legendary Comics announced a thrilling new original graphic novel, Head Wounds: Sparrow, from creator Bob Johnson, with story by John Alvey, and developed by Oscar Isaac (Show Me A Hero; the Star Wars franchise; Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming Dune) for his production company Mad Gene, and Jason Spire, available in stores and online in Early 2021. Leo Guidry is a bad person and an even worse cop. When he suffers a psychic head wound, his life on the edge slips into spiritual warfare. In a landscape of angels, devils, and everything in between, can a person utterly devoid of empathy find a way to overcome the forces of darkness that have infiltrated his reality? This is the world of Head Wounds: Sparrow.
During the panel, the creative team—including childhood friends Isaac, Johnson, and Alvey—discussed the deeply personal origin of the Head Wounds story. When diagnosed with stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma and as a way to cope, Johnson turned to his passion of writing and created the character of Leo. Inspired by a dream, Johnson conceived the supernatural affliction that haunts Leo throughout the story and forces him to face his own past trauma and lack of empathy. Head Wounds features an original world with compelling mythology created by Johnson and Alvey that will instantly draw in readers.
“Head Wounds: Sparrow is an exceptionally powerful tale as it draws from the creators’ own life experiences, as well as their passion for the medium,” said Robert Napton, Senior Vice President of Legendary Comics. “Sometimes things come together so effortlessly, and this is one of those projects.”
“Bob Johnson has a mind and a soul like no one else,” said Isaac. “Our friendship and creative collaboration has spanned nearly three decades. I couldn’t be more excited to bring his unique and singular vision of Head Wounds: Sparrow to life with the incredible group of artists we’ve assembled.”
Head Wounds: Sparrow is written by New York Times’ best-selling writer Brian Buccellato (Legendary Comics’ POKÉMON: Detective Pikachu and Lost in Space: Countdown to Danger; DC Comics’ Flash and Injustice) and will feature art by Christian Ward (Invisible Kingdom; ODY-C; Marvel’s Black Bolt).
“Head Wounds: Sparrow” wasn’t the only title they announced however as the Legendary Comics team of Robert Napton, Jann Jones, and Nikita Kannekanti, shared other upcoming projects. “Rob”, the modern day retelling of the classic tale Robin Hood, available digitally on Webtoon in Fall 2020; the visionary young adult (YA) titles: “The Heart Hunter”, “Lupina”, and “Championess”, set for release in 2021.
You can watch the full panel HERE, for the “Head Wounds: Sparrow” segment, skip ahead to the 21:30 mark!