Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter is at it again with another violent storyline. This time, he created a comic book about a hitman from Hell called Lucas Stand.
In case you didn’t know, Sutter is also responsible for creating, then canceling, The Bastard Executioner. He also created the boxing drama Southpaw, which he still managed to keep bloody, brutal, and slightly depressing. Now, the writer/director/actor is creating a comic book for BOOM! Studios, reports Vulture.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the comic’s storyline, which Caitlin Kittredge (Coffin Hill) helped write, revolves around Lucas Stand. Stand is a former special-ops soldier whose past includes a lot of dark and terrible things. It seems those terrible things catch up to him after he returns home as he attempts to take his own life. However, instead of dying, Stand is offered a deal by the Devil himself, in which “every demon he hunts down is cleaning the slate for one of the evil deeds that he’s done.”
In Sutter’s words, Lucas Stand is “a former military special-ops guy who has done, in the service of his country, some really heinous and violent things, and when he comes back, the integration into society becomes increasingly more difficult for him… he reaches a very low point in his life, and it’s at that point where he intends to take his own life, and he’s approached by an entity that makes him a deal.”
Variety tells awaiting fans that Lucas Stand will launch in comic shops and digitally on June 1. Kurt Sutter also revealed that his latest character started out as an idea for a TV show, but as he began writing the script, he realized that filming it wasn’t going to be the best avenue, describing it as “unproduceable in the world of TV” and saying that “it could potentially live better in a different medium.” It was then that he pitched it to BOOM! Studios, who went all in.
“For me just in a thematic way, I like visceral things, I like action, I like blood, I like big guns, but underneath all that, redemption is a big theme for me,” Sutter said about his latest work. “The idea of making some really bad mistakes and then doing what is necessary to repair that damage, to make amends and right the wrongs.”
Sutter also mentioned an unlikely source for guidance in writing the comic book script. It was none other than Stephen King. Sutter said that approaching the comic book was completely different, and that King, who became friends with Sutter during the Sons of Anarchy run, was not only a mentor who gave him feedback and suggestions, but was also his “motivational coach.”
While Sutter has been hard at work on the upcoming release of Lucas Stand, we have already reported that the rumored Sons of Anarchy prequel has also been confirmed by creator Kurt Sutter.
“We’re figuring out what that would look like and I’m in the process of meeting with writers and narrowing it down. My intent is, over the hiatus I’ll initiate a script for the pilot and take it from there.”
Sutter was then asked about how the Sons of Anarchy storyline would relate to the spinoff.
“I would do a contemporary piece, not a prequel, and place it far enough away from Northern California that it wouldn’t step on the mythology that’s already been told.”
FX president John Landgraf recently revealed to Zap2it that Sutter has already begun working on both the prequel and spinoff of Sons of Anarchy’s new series.
So fans, tell us what you think? Will Kurt Sutter’s comic book be his next smash hit? What about the Sons of Anarchy spinoff and prequel? Will Charlie Hunnam reprise his role as Jax Teller? Let us know in the comments below.
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