Fans are about to get more Jax Teller.
Jax (Charlie Hunnam) may have met his end on the final season of Sons of Anarchy, but the character will be back in action for a new graphic novel series, Sons of Anarchy Redwood Original.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ollie Masters is writing the new comic. Masters has worked on several comics in the past, including The Kitchen and Snow Blind.
When opening up about Redwood Original, Masters revealed that the comic will focus on a young Jax as he navigates through the biker world without his father to guide him along.
“It’s Jax prospecting to become a full club member,” Masters shared. “This is a story about him proving himself — to the club, to their enemies and allies and to himself. In [the TV series], the shadow of his father looms large over him, and it does in our series as well, but for us it’s recent history, so it’s more of an open wound than a scar being pulled open. He’s still dealing with J.T’s death and what it means to exist in a masculine-heavy world without a father to guide him.”
Along with Jax, fans will recognize a few other familiar faces in the new series. This includes Gemma, Clay, Opie, and a few other characters from the hit FX show.
“What I’ve tried to do is think about where they are in that first season, think about how they got there and have that be my outline for the characters. It’s a delicate tightrope walk. You don’t want to lose the core of the characters, what made them so compelling in the first place, but at the same time, you don’t want to just retread what happened with them in the show.”
While Masters is writing the main storyline and Luca Pizzari is serving as the primary artist, Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter also played a large role in the project.
Along with Sutter dishing out advice on each of the characters, Masters revealed that Sutter looks over everything before it gets the final approval. For Masters, the fact that Sutter was looking over his work proved an intimidating process.
“I’m not gonna lie, it’s been pretty surreal and intimidating knowing that such a great writer as Kurt has been looking over my ideas for the series,” Masters admitted. “It feels like I had a lot to live up to.”
By the looks of the artwork that has been released so far, fans are definitely in for an interesting look into Jax’s days before Sons of Anarchy.
In fact, Cinema Blend is reporting that Jax’s life before becoming a member of SAMCRO should be a big draw for fans. The series provided a good idea at some of the menial tasks prospects have to perform, which should be even more interesting with Jax in the equation.
Meanwhile, according to Comics Alliance, this is not the first time Sons of Anarchy has made it into the world of comics.
After the fifth season of Sons of Anarchy finished airing, Sutter and BOOM! Studios released a short run that consisted of 25 issues. Ed Brisson and Matias Bergara helped with that series, which proved to be another success for the franchise.
As far as Sutter is concerned, he is currently working on his new Sons of Anarchy spin-off, titled Mayans MC. The series will shift its focus away from SAMCRO and onto their biggest rivals, the Mayans.
The new comic series, Redwood Original, is scheduled to hit stores on August 3.
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