Greg Pak on Eternal Warrior
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.”