‘Rebel Moon’ universe expands beyond screen with ‘House of the Bloodaxe’ prequel comic series 

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Zack Snyder’s expansive “Rebel Moon” universe is preparing to extend its reach beyond the cinematic realm.

Fans of Zack Snyder’s visionary epic will be thrilled to learn that a prequel comic series, bearing the title “Rebel Moon: House of the Bloodaxe,” is set to hit the shelves on Jan. 10, 2024. Published by Titan Comics, this comic series is poised to serve as an enthralling addition to the ever-evolving Rebel Moon saga. 

A Shakespearean tale of divided loyalties

“House of the Bloodaxe” delivers a Shakespearean tragedy rooted in a narrative of a father with loyalties torn asunder. His children, Devra and Darrian, each have their own unique ways of persuading him to make the right choice, even if the cost is everything. 

Readers have united in excitement upon discovering that the acclaimed writer Mags Visaggio, known for their work on ‘Action Comics,’ ‘Rick and Morty,’ and ‘Eternity Girl,’ is one of the prominent creative minds behind this endeavor. They shed light on their experience, stating,

“I wanna say I have LOVED working with Zack. He’s always so excited by every idea. He gave me a pretty free hand on HOUSE OF THE BLOODAXE, and as I fell in love with the world he created, he fell in love with Shasu, the world *I* created.” 

The saga unfolds

Visaggio further elucidates the story that unfolds within the pages of the comic, explaining the history of the planet Shasu, the homeworld of Devra and Darrian Bloodaxe. Shasu’s history dates back nearly 10,000 years to the arrival of the first wave of settlers. These settlers’ descendants, known as the Tarungtusa, are the planet’s indigenous population, maintaining a traditional lifestyle intertwined with advanced sci-fi technology, such as self-erecting “tents.” 

Centuries later, offworld colonists, colloquially referred to as “city-dwellers,” arrived and adopted elements of Tarungtusa culture. However, fifty years before the events depicted in the movie “Rebel Moon,” Shasu fell under the rule of Koseba the Conqueror, Devra and Darrian’s grandfather. Koseba, originally named Fidel, achieved this through remarkable feats, coalition-building, and adopting the Tarungtusa way of life.

Now, Devra and Darrian’s father, Lord Shasu, holds the throne, but he’s a far cry from Koseba. He’s three-quarters Tarungtusa, but his upbringing and education on Motherworld limit his exposure to his mother’s people. His Tarungtusa wife, Amirami, played a pivotal role in keeping the peace. But with Amirami’s passing, a question looms: Who will protect him from his own people? 

Further talking about the world building, Mags explains their inspiration behind the name of the planet, “Sashu” in the following post

Ray Fisher takes on the role of Darrian Bloodaxe, one of the warriors recruited by Kora. As the Rebel Moon universe continues to expand, the “House of the Bloodaxe” comic series promises to offer fans a deeper understanding of this captivating world and its intricate narrative. 

The first part of “Rebel Moon,” titled “Rebel Moon – Part One: A Child of Fire,” is scheduled for release on Dec. 22, 2023, via Netflix, with a limited theatrical release in the works. Additionally, a sequel, “Rebel Moon – Part Two: The Scargiver,” is set to premiere on April 19, 2024. 

Fans and enthusiasts can anticipate an enthralling journey into the Rebel Moon universe with the release of “Rebel Moon: House of the Bloodaxe” on Jan. 10, 2024. As the pages of the comic come to life through the collaborative efforts of Mags Visaggio and Clark Bint, the epic storytelling and stunning visuals will undoubtedly captivate readers, expanding the Rebel Moon saga in a compelling new direction. 

Jainam Turakhia

Jainam Turakhia has been a fan of DC for as long as he can remember, but what really tickles his inner creativity is Zack Snyder's vision for the DC Universe. From there Turakhia has traveled to a lot of destinations exploring works of other artists who make movies or write books/comics. Zack Snyder however, is always his hometown. He loves watching, and analyzing, anything and everything. Still a student from India studying Chartered Accountancy, Turakhia's passion for stories doesn't seem to end.

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