When it comes to stellar comic book art, few mortals can match the impressive work of British-born Liam Sharp, whose magic pencils adorned the hottest titles years ago, such as “Death’s Head II,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Cap Stone.”, “Courage and Courage: Batman and the Wonder Woman, “Green Lantern, “and” Batman: Reptilian.”
Now the award-winning creator has named his magnum opus “Starhenge” (2022), a mind-blowing sci-fi odyssey from Image Comics that is guaranteed to leave your wide-eyed glass eyes and your mind wandering in a focused building line.
Imagine that “Foundation” meets “Excalibur” and “Terminator,” and you may come close to Merlin’s historic Sharp story of the future moving across the space and space in a campaign to end space jumping time, destroying magic. Robots back in ancient 5th-century Britain.
“Strange” is a catchy six-story series written and illustrated by Sharp. It makes for an excellent theme for a summer event, transporting students across the cosmos with its deceptive sci-fi concepts and fascinating narratives based on legends.
Space.com spoke to Sharp about how “Starhenge” came about as a project, how his ideas of Arthurian mythology met seamlessly with sci-fi culture, how he settled into specific design techniques, and what he hopes they will connect with with with it for this new purpose. To do.
What was the genesis of “Strange,” and what did you take for granted?
Liam Sharp: A grand old story. She has a long pregnancy. I have a great love for fairy tales, which goes back to when I was a kid, watching things like “Jason and the Argonauts.” Anything with Romans and swords and gods and animation standing.
When I got a chance at a school of ancient civilization, I jumped, but along the way, I thought all of this was Roman and Greek stuff, and I knew nothing about things around my home. We saw only one fairy tale growing up; whether it was film change or music, it was always Arthur or Excalibur, which I loved. But I thought I did not know the roots of Arthur’s story, how historic it was, or how it was tied to Celtic mythology. So it opened many doors for me and led me to Welsh and Irish myths and all Lady Gregory’s stuff, so I focused a lot on that.
I also received a copy of “The Quest for Merlin” from Nikolai Tolstoy, a great-grandson of Leo Tolstoy. It was an in-depth penetration into Merlin’s history, and his vision was to try to find out if Merlin existed as a real character. In that letter, I found Geoffrey of Monmouth, which was the first Merlin / Arthur version and was different from the more recent versions.
I like science fiction and fiction, and I thought about T.H. White and his “The Once and Future King” and the idea that Merlin was born and died in the past. That gave me the idea of if he is tomorrow, why he came in the past, and what that mission is. So that sets the ball roll. When I got that hook, I went in.