RIVALS: The Loyalty of Sago Astar - Deluxe Issue #1

by Paul Gerrard & Mike Clarke


This 'First Edition comic is limited to 500 COPIES worldwide

In a savage post apocalyptic world where the gun has been replaced with the sword, the bullet replaced by the fist, two opposing characters from opposite worlds are forced to work together to save the people they love.

If you're a fan of Mad Max, Conan the Barbarian, Fist of the North Star, Berserk, Dune, Heavy Metal and 2000AD, RIVALS is your new comic book addiction. It's post apocalyptic movies meets Hong Kong action cinema!


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Rivals #1 + The Duel - DIGITAL COPIES

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PDFs of Rivals #1 (32 pages) and The Duel (16 page prequel one-shot)


Rivals #1 + The Duel + Art of Rivals - DIGITAL COPIES

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PDFs of Rivals #1 (32 pages), The Duel (16 page prequel one-shot) and ART OF RIVALS (32 page art book)


Rivals #1 - Cover A

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32-page comic


Rivals #1 - Cover B

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32-page comic with a variant cover


Rivals #1 - Cover C

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32-page comic with a variant cover


Rivals #1 - All 3 Covers

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All covers of the 32-page comic


Art of Rivals

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32-page supplement


Rivals #1 (All 3 Covers) + Art of Rivals

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All covers of the 32-page comic + supplemental art book


Rivals #1 Retailer Bundle

5 copies of any combination of covers at wholesale pricing. Please contact hello@wearezoop.com to clarify your selections. In order to qualify for this reward, you must be able to provide proof that you are a retailer.


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If you want to add a little something extra, you can increase in increments of $1 by pressing '+' in this reward's quantity field during checkout until you reach your desired amount. Much appreciated!


Add ons are only available once you have selected at least one Primary Reward listed above.


THE GHOST WAR - A3 size poster

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Signed by the artist Richard Torres. Limited to 10 copies. Scroll down to ORIGINAL ART section below to see in greater detail.



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Have your likeness used as a character in The Loyalty of Sago Astar Part 2. You will also receive a print of the pages/pages you appear in.



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Have your likeness used as a character in The Loyalty of Sago Astar Part 2 AND BEYOND! You will also receive a print of the pages/pages you appear in.


Original pages of art from THE DUEL

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Dave Kendall (The Deadworld series for 2000AD, Necroscope, Magic the Gathering game and World of Warcraft) original pages from the Rivals prequel one shot. On A3 Bristol board. Choice of 12. Contact hello@wearezoop.com for more details


Original pages of art from RIVALS #1

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Jhay Rosopa original pages from the Tales From the Seven Cities backup story. On A4 Bristol board. Choice of 8. Full set can be bought for $1000. Contact hello@wearezoop.com for more details



Fans of martial arts and violent action-packed comics will find everything they want from a comic book with RIVALS, starring none other than 90s action movie legend, Gary Daniels. 


Two warriors, an elite royal guard named Sago Astar (Gary Daniels), and a low level street thief called Bizon, must fight for survival across dusty wastelands, shanty towns, and armoured citadels. The seven regions of planet Alter are desolate, brutal, and inhabited by weapon-fused warriors, maniacal cult leaders, and mind altering creatures. Some clans will become extinct, whilst others victorious in a never ending battle for supremacy. Pick your side! 









Art Book

Original Art



Dave Kendall sample original art pages


Jhay Rosopa sample original art pages

Be a Rival

See Add-Ons section above for your chance to become a background character or a reoccurring character!




RIVALS is a creation from movie and video game artist Paul Gerrard (Evil Dead Rise, Indy 5, Hellboy, Call of Duty) and writer/director Mike Clarke (The Stranger, A Light Through Coloured Glass, Legend’s Shadow). Cover by Greg Staples (2000AD). Pencils by Richard Torres and Jhay Rosopa. Colours by Matt Soffe (2000AD, Dexter, Dracula the Return) and Thiago Ribeiro (Red Sonja, Green Hornet, Dr Who). 


After creating a 100 page art bible including the scripted in depth comic series, and conceptual art, RIVALS was successfully optioned by Druid Pictures. It is now in the early stages of development as a LIVE ACTION TV SHOW staring Gary Daniels (The Expendables, Fist of the North Star, Tekken) 


“When creating the world of RIVALS, we actually based the character of Sago on Gary Daniels. Being a huge martial arts /action fan myself, it is an absolute honour to announce his attachment to the live action show and the graphic novel series” said Paul Gerrard. “Creating this world has been my dream since I was a kid. It has took me twenty long years to get to the point where I could fulfil this dream by designing and illustrating literally everything. Working with Mike to give it life, and working with Gary Daniels has been an incredible experience. This world pulls no punches and it makes no apologies, it is for hardcore comic book and classic imaginative film fans. A balls to the wall experience that doesn't pander to anyone.”

“Our aim was to create a thrilling story set on a dangerous world, and to work with some of the best up-and-coming talent in the comic book world. I feel we have certainly achieved that. As fans of comics, martial arts, fantasy, and classic 80s sword and slash movies we couldn’t be more excited to share Rivals with like-minded readers” said Mike Clarke.


‘Paul Gerrard is a conceptual visionary who consistently produces work of mind bending originality.’

- Miles Millar / Showrunner : The Shannara Chronicles 

"Master Gerrard's work penetrates the numbed pleroma of our hellborne gothic consciousness like some bastard biomechanical spawn of Clive Barker and H.R. Giger, hotwiring long dormant circuits and conjuring chiaroscuro dreamscapes at once shockingly alien and brutally famillar in a visual symphony twisted body armor, chitin, kevlar and tortured flesh. There are indeed new worlds here and new and deeper hells, proof positive that chaos never died." 

- Richard Stanley / Filmmaker: Hardware and Dust Devil

Stretch Goals


At the point of launch the comic will be 100% complete and ready to send files to the printer. We anticipate it taking four months to print and prep for delivery, so a February '23 delivery is what we're shooting for.


With your support our goal is now to continue on to issue 02 and beyond!


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