Prepared for a voyage on the high seas set in the world on the brink of war? While such a trip isn't that easy for many to pack up and undertake, it's a lot easier for readers to enjoy such a trip in a new comic book from Image Comics called The Mercenary Sea. The issue is written by Kel Symons and Matthew Reynolds and follows the adventures of The Venture in 1938.
“There's definitely some conflict—perhaps mostly between Jack and Wulf, the venerable German sub captain who serves as his first officer,” said Symons. “But they're more or less a tight extended family. They're not pirates or ruffians—they're mercenaries, obviously out for a paycheck, but they have a strong moral compass guiding them.”
Ex-bootlegger Captain Jack Harper and his crew of expats, mercenaries, and treasure hunters are on the hunt. The Venture’s crew is a unique group of characters all with checkered pasts. They sail the South Seas at an uneasy time for the world, right when Japan has invaded China and War in Europe looks unavoidable. Battling pirates, headhunters, spies, and soldiers, the crew is always one step away from the greatest score of their lives. But it might not be that way for long...
“One of our guideposts for THE MERCENARY SEA was that we wanted to do a comic that was essentially like a lost Howard Hawks movie. A lot of Hawks' films deal with desperate men in far-flung places, away from any support or help, where they're forced to rely on themselves or fail: Only Angels Have Wings, The Thing from Another World, Rio Bravo, To Have and Have Not,” said Symons. “Howard Hawks was our spirit animal on this one.”
The Mercenary Sea #1 is the first in a new ongoing action/adventure series which will be available in stores on February 12, 2014 for $2.99. Pre-orders can be placed using Diamond Code DEC130492. Full press release below.