Clive Barker’s new comic Next Testament has new information out about it.
It looks like it is going to be a 12 issue series with art by Haemi Jang. The plot revolves around:
“Julian Demond, captain of industry, has left behind everything to begin a walkabout — he believes he’s on a mission from God. While in the wasteland, he comes across a figure unlike any other, who calls himself Wick…and claims to be God. Their journey will span the globe, as neither man merely wants to make a mark on the world, but a scar.”
This starts coming out May 29th and I for one am very very excited!
Check out some more about it on Bloody Disgusting.
Another rad looking preview over at Comic Monsters. I don’t follow Fanboys vs. Zombies, but this preview makes me think that I should. Looks hilarious.
Check out the preview at Comic Monsters.
Comic Monsters has a really great preview of Hellraiser: The Dark Watch #3 up right now. This is a title that I’m really enjoying, and the preview looks pretty spectacular.
Check it out on Comic Monsters.
Hellraiser: The Dark Watch #1
So obviously this is a spin-off of the Hellraiser title currently coming out from Boom!, the only problem with that is that I haven’t been reading the current Hellraiser title from Boom!. So there is something in this whole situation that I’m missing. A man with liver disease has opened the puzzle box, but instead of the grand entrance of the Cenobites, he is greeted quietly by one Cenobite who proceeds to give him a tour of Hell.
First he is shown The Pit where the petty sinners are held, their only torture being in Hell itself. Moving towards their next destination the Cenobite and the man are attacked by some of those souls, it would seem that Hell is in a bit of upheaval. The former patrons of the Labyrinth are trapped in a some kind of memory loop, and Leviathan has a new army.
At the head of that army is Harry D’Amour, and it would seem that the man knows D’Amour. The man is Marchetti, a member of an order that on the earth fights against Leviathan (and any of the other Hells that dwell in their plane). He has come to assassinate D’Amour, with a magic knife, and a protective talisman, he gives many of the “crusaders” a bit of a tussle. D’Amour has the whole of Hell’s powers at his disposal though, and soon Marchetti is pulled apart, and rendered just another solider in Leviathan’s new army.
Meanwhile back in the real world, the box is found again by a hobo, a group of people want to take it from him (it would seem for his own safety), when he is killed by a evil bone creature. I really need to pick up the monthly title from Boom! and start reading it, so that I have a better understanding of what the hell is going on. As a stand alone this works, but it left me with a lot of questions that I just couldn’t answer and that was a little frustrating. Fortunately there aren’t that many issues of the standard Hellraiser, and I should be able to get caught up at some point. This is a good book (and good looking thanks to some beautiful art from Tom Garcia) that is really engaging (as it is co-written by Clive Barker, and Brandon Seifert from Witch Doctor). I will keep picking up issues of this, and then try and read a little more of Hellraiser proper.
Next Time: Sandman #8
Cthulhu Tales #3
Another awesome issue of full color horror anthology spawning from the mind and writings of one Howard Phillips Lovecraft. This time there are three tawdry tales in the book, and again they are better than a lot of things that you could put into your brain. If there is anything that Boom! has been getting right over the last couple of years it is for sure horror comics. I mean these are the people putting out the Hellraiser comics.
First in the line up is “Alimentary, My Dear Cthulhu,” a little crime drama about a murder in a house full of crazies. All sorts of strange things are happening, not the least of which is a special detective with a fully open third eye. That is the starting point of this little weird out of a tale, and it really only goes down hill from there. The art on this particular story is not my favorite (something that the plot totally makes up for), it is sketchy and in some ways just seems unrefined and unfinished. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t terrible, it just isn’t my favorite.
Next is, “On the Wagon.” An alcoholic is whisked away to his friends house, only to arrive to find that not only is the house “dry” is is also home to an intervention. What they don’t realize is that the alcohol isn’t just an addiction or a drug of choice, it is holding something sinister at bay. Or do they?
Finally is “Cruise of Cthulhu.” This is a little commercial for the Alhazred Cruise Line, where all of your rest and relaxation is coupled with a deeper understanding of your roll in calling the dread god from the deeps. This is funny and a great play on the ideas of the Mythos. Chee, who so far has done art on at least one tale in every issue, puts forward something that looks like a painting. That painted style really gives this the feel of an advertisement, and I think it is a really good pairing with the story itself.
Overall this is another really solid issue of Cthulhu Tales, really glad that I stumbled on this comic because it has done nothing but give me more cool Mythos tales to read, and you can’t go wrong with a good Lovecraftian tale.
Next Time: Nightstalkers #3
Well glad I posted that last story.
Turns out that the legal muscle job from DC worked out in their favor. Clive Barker will be changing the name of his newest title coming out with Boom! from New Genesis to Next Testament.
I for one don’t care about what it is called, all I care about is that Clive Barker has an original plot coming out and that it is going to be awesome.
Boom’s new Clive Barker title may need to get a new title. Why? Because in the DC Universe the home of the gods is called New Genesis, and one time Clive Barker made them change the name of a new title called Hellraiser to something called Hellblazer. Who would have guessed?
No matter what I’m cranked for New Genesis (or whatever they end up calling it).
Read more about New Genesis on Bloody Disgusting.