In Winter 2017, independent comic writer Jake Nickens will publish "Lost Stories," a comic book mini-series offering a modern, Southern Gothic take on the three-part epic of "Beowulf."
Nickens said, "The tale of Beowulf’s quest for heroism is as old as the English language. Though many details have been lost—including the writer’s identity—we remember the legend of the young warrior battling monsters to save his people. The thread of his myth endures, fundamentally woven into the fabric of Western storytelling."
Nickens pulled on Beowulf’s thread and followed it from sixth-century Scandinavia to the rural town of Opossum Trot, Mississippi. Tyson Drake, an amnesiac drifter, wanders the rural South, fighting the figurative and all-too-real monsters that populate the frayed edges of the map. Aiding him on his journey is Evie, a loveable Pitbull with a healthy dose of attitude. As Tyson uncovers the stories of those lost and forgotten, the truth of his own dark history threatens to destroy the man he seeks to become.
When Tyson arrives in Opossum Trot, he unknowingly enters a colorful and dangerous world, where hospitality might mean bare-knuckle brawls or southern cooking—a tenuous realm populated by rhinestone gangster cowboys, serial killers in basement mazes, rural health food stores and at least one dragon.
The first issue of the nine-issue series will be available for purchase in Winter 2017.
Eddy and Carol Sagebin of SageTribe Art are illustrating Nickens's story.
Julie Elise Landry, author of "Bless the Skies," will serve as editor.