Frank Miller’s 300 prequel comic Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander will arrive this April. Instead of focusing on Leonidas, the protagonist of the original book, Xerxes will reveal the story of that book’s villain, the Persian god-king Xerxes.
According to the official series description,
Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander follows Persian King Xerxes as he sets out to conquer the world to avenge his father Darius’s defeat and create an empire unlike anything the world has ever seen . . . Until the hardy Greeks produce a god king of their own, Alexander the Great. This five-issue series boasts issues with thirty plus pages of story and features wrap-around covers in a deluxe collector format.
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“300 was an interlude in the great story of the Persian Wars. The battle of 300 represented one episode in a much greater series of wars,” Xerxes creator Frank Miller said in a statement. “This series tells the story of the first great clash of civilizations, the first bloody contest between east and west. The odds vastly favor the Persian forces, but the Greeks have Alexander, the greatest military commander of all time.”
Dark Horse’s Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander #1 goes on sale April 4.