Greg Pak on Eter­nal War­rior

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Comic He­roes: What’s the best thing about writ­ing Eter­nal War­rior? Greg Pak: “It’s just a re­ally great fit. When you’re talk­ing about Eter­nal War­rior, you’re talk­ing about an im­mor­tal and the chance to de­velop a whole new mythol­ogy and a hero ad­ven­ture. There are also ques­tions about vi­o­lence, war and the value of the mis­sions soldiers are sent on. It works on so many dif­fer­ent lev­els in­clud­ing fam­ily, which is what the story that we came up with is about.” CH: Eter­nal War­rior is like the High­lander of the Valiant-verse. Do you en­joy ex­plor­ing his ex­ploits across the cen­turies?

“It’s a lot of fun as the book lets us jump around in time as the guy’s been around for thou­sands of years, which means that I can draw from any time pe­riod in his­tory and we can also have lit­tle scenes from other parts of his life that illuminate the present story. And we’re go­ing to go even cra­zier with #5, which jumps for­ward in time…” CH: Speak­ing of which, what can you say about 4001 AD? GP: “I can’t re­veal too much about the sto­ry­line but it’s called ‘Eter­nal Em­peror’. It’s go­ing to be crazy be­cause if you’re go­ing to jump 2,000 years in the fu­ture, it’s go­ing to be a com­pletely dif­fer­ent world to what we have now.” CH: Are you look­ing for­ward to rein­vent­ing old char­ac­ters such as Rai?

“It’s a new story so we’re not go­ing to tell any sto­ries that have been told be­fore. We’re go­ing to in­tro­duce some new char­ac­ters and we may use some of those clas­sic char­ac­ters as well. Noth­ing is off lim­its: there’ll be stuff that any­body com­ing to these books fresh will be able to en­joy, but there’ll also be some ex­tra spe­cial plea­sures for any­one who has been read­ing Valiant for a long time.”

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