Moon Knight actor Oscar Isaac has donned a new feather in his cap. He is not only an actor, producer, and director but a comic book creator now. His first book – Head Wounds: Sparrow – is about a cop who walks around with a bullet hole in his head.
This mystery project was first teased by Isaac to Mary Parent, vice chairman of worldwide production at Legendary Entertainment, whilst he was filming Dune in 2019.
Oscar Isaac gets into comics
To publish his first comic, the actor worked with Mad Gene Media and Legendary Comics — the publishing arm of the Burbank-based production company behind films like Godzilla vs. Kong.
He is not the first movie star to do so. He joins luminaries such as Keanu Reeves and Samuel L. Jackson who have both co-written comics.
Given Hollywood’s fascination with comic books, there is potential here for a future bankable IP with Head Wounds. By creating and launching his own comic book, Oscar Isaac has cut out the middleman should things go that way.
About Head Wounds
Isaac teamed up with his two friends at the Santaluces Community High School, Bob Johnson and John Alley to come up with the idea behind the comic.
About six years ago, Johnson’s doctors told him he had stage IV non-Hodgkin lymphoma and that it was incurable.
After being told he had six months to live, Johnson could lean on his two friends to get through those harrowing years. “The way he describes it was this ‘invisible wound that no one else could see,’” recalls Isaac.
The three friends talked about it, and the idea for Head Wounds: Sparrow was born. They imagined a New Orleans detective who gets shot in the head but survives.
Isaac could later talk about this idea with his producer Mary Parent on Dune. She could go on to introduce him to Robert Napton, publisher and senior VP of Legendary Comics.
Napton liked the outline of Head Wounds. He ended up pairing the three friends with writer Brian Buccellato, who has worked with DC on Batman. They chose Christian Ward to handle the art duties on Head Wounds.
For the finished product, Johnson and Alley were credited for the story. Isaac received a credit as a developer. To increase the bankability of Head Wounds, you can see the “Oscar Isaac Presents” text on the comic cover.