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REANIMATOR RETURNS TO COMICS IN APRIL
Cult classic horror characters are all over comics today. You've got classics like Dracula and Frankenstein's monster and modern day favorites like Aliens and Predator. Why not bring back the Reanimator? Dynamite Entertainment is going to do just that in April 2015 with an all-new mini-series starring the mad scientist Dr. Herbert West. Penned by Keith Davidson and illustrated by Randy Valiente, the comic has the doctor venturing to New Orleans to continue his life's work of reviving the dead by chemical means. He recruits Susan Greene, a young and wide-eyed pharmacologist fascinated by his macabre experiments. At first, she's unfazed by Wests unorthodox practices (including selling zombie brain fluid as a narcotic to fund his research), but she may come to regret this scientific curiosity as sinister forces begin to align against the Reanimator including Elder Gods and Haitian Voodoo.
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"H.P. Lovecraft is one of the most impactful writers of the 20th century, an influence on such comic book luminaries as Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, and Mike Mignola, so giving Herbert West - one of his most beloved characters - a well-deserved spotlight in an all-new series just feels right." said Davidson.
This is not the first time that Dynamite Entertainment has published a Reanimator comic. West first graced the pages of the Reanimator #0 one-shot in 2005 and then continued his adventures as a supporting character to Ash Williams in Army of Darkness, the company-wide crossover even Prophecy, and most recently the Army of Darkness / Reanimator special.
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"I like working on Reanimator because of the atmosphere and the tones of the characters and stories. I have been interested in how the brain works and Dr. West is an interesting psychopath, pure intellect without emotion." said Valiente "Also, I am a big fan of H.P. Lovecraft. I did a couple stories many years ago with Dagon and his other sea monsters, and I realized that I have this fascination of drawing tentacles and creatures and creepy stuff. I like organic elements on my drawings, and Lovecraftian stories fit that well. It's kind of strange, but sometimes his characters give me chills when I go swimming -- you know, tentacles might come out of the water, or a creature could pop out in front of you. It's scary as hell."
Reanimator #1 will be in stores in April 2015. Expect a number of variant covers from the likes of Jae Lee, Francesco Francavilla, Tim Seeley, and Andrew Mangum. The comic is said to blend "mad science, Lovecraftian tentacle terror, backwater Louisianan superstition, and fan-favorite elements of such television shows as Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead." If even half of that is true, it will be well worth checking out.
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