Details and art for Frank Miller's 300 prequel Xerxes

A sequel to Zack Snyder's stylish and hyper-bloody 300 doesn't seem like the most obvious thing to happen, but when a movie with no major stars generates $450 million worldwide, another movie will find a way.

Comic creator Frank Miller has been working on the follow-up in its flat graphic format, and Dark Horse has just unveiled the first image from the book, titled XERXES.

Miller spoke with the LA Times about the specifics of the six-issue tale: "The story will be the same heft as '300' but it cover a much, much greater span of time -- it's 10 years, not three days," Miller said. "This is a more complex story. The story is so much larger. The Spartans in '300' were being enclosed by the page as the world got smaller. This story has truly vast subjects. The Athenian naval fleet, for instance, is a massive artistic undertaking and it dwarfed by the Persian fleet, which is also shown in this story. The story has elements of espionage, too, and it's a sweeping tale with gods and warriors."

Despite the title, the story won't just be about the towering Persian with the fondness for gold. "The time frame begins 10 years before '300' and the story starts with the Battle of Marathon, which was killer to draw, by the way, even if it was a lot of work," Miller said. "The lead character is Themistocles who became warlord of Greece and built their navy. The story is very different than '300' in that it involves Xerxes search for godhood. The existence of gods are presupposed in this story and the idea is that he well on his way to godhood by the end of the story. With Themistocles I have a character who is almost the dead opposite of Leonidas in that Themistocles was a lying, conniving, brilliant, heroic figure. He was nicknamed 'The Subtle Serpent' and he always manages to do the exact right things that will result in him benefiting greatly."

There's plenty more from Miller, including more story details, his return to the comic medium and 300 as propaganda, which you can read HERE. (Still no apologies for THE SPIRIT, though.)

And what about 300 director Zack Snyder -- would he want to come back and put XERXES on film? "If the book is awesome and compelling," Snyder said, "then, yes, we're interested."

Extra Tidbit: There's still a chance we could see 300 on the big screen again -- in 3D.
Source: Dark HorseLA Times



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