Sea of Stars is a new Image Comics sci-fi series launching in June from War Of The Realms‘ Jason Aaron and Avengers Academy‘s Dennis ‘Hopeless’ Hallum with Stephen Green of Hellboy and the BPRD that, according to PR given to Deadline, the site happy to repeat anything Mark Millar tells them.
And that the unified comic came from Jason and Dennis wanting to tell very different stories, Hopeless telling them “Jason and I talked about co-writing a story for years, but our sensibilities are so different it never clicked. He had an adventure story about a little boy swimming through the stars. I wanted to turn it into an ice-truck driver who’s kid goes missing in the arctic. Our brains just wouldn’t line up.”
With Stephen drawing them both. “Instead of compromising we decided Stephen could pull off both stories at the same time. Sea of Stars is the strange stew the three of us cooked-up with all those disparate ingredients. Equal parts Jack Kirby, Finding Nemo, and The Road — in space. Jason’s half is a bright-eyed kid’s cosmic adventure. My half is his father’s science fiction nightmare. It’s the biggest, weirdest and coolest thing I’ve ever been a part of.”
While Aaron describes it thus, “This is a story about a father and son who get separated. In the wildest reaches of outer space. And from there, it becomes very important that this series has two writers. Because Dennis and I are basically doing two radically different perspectives on the same sort of deep space journey. While the kid finds himself suddenly gifted with a wondrous power that allows him to joyfully swim his way through the stars alongside some talking space animals, the dad is alone and fighting for his life every step of the way against the most dangerous and inhospitable environment imaginable. And then there’s the matter of the giant space monster that seems to have a strange interest in both father and son.”