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WITCHFINDER RETURNS WITH ALL STAR CREATIVE TEAM
The Mignolaverse is vast and its roster runs deep. Sure, you’ve got your team captain in Hellboy and some star players like Abe Sapien and Lobster Johnson, but there are many others that pop up throughout the land. I’m way out of my element with this sports metaphor and it totally fell apart at the end. Anyway, Witchfinder is one of those titles that plays in the Mignolaverse that is a little under the radar. It follows the adventures of Sir Edward Grey, the occult advisor to the Queen of England.
Dark Horse Comics has announced Witchfinder: City of the Dead, a new five-issue mini-series written by Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson with art by Ben Stenbeck and colorist Michelle Madsen set to debut in August. Sir Edward Grey battles scores of flesh-eating corpses on the loose in London and explores a temple beneath the city full of ancient secrets.
“One of the great things about the monster tropes in horror fiction is that they don't have to be limited to any specific setting,” said Chris Roberson. “Werewolf stories aren't all set in Eastern Europe, vampire stories don't have to take place in Victorian London, and zombies needn't be relegated to the post-apocalyptic scenario. There's a lot of fun to be had from taking these types of characters and transposing them into different historical periods and cultural milieus."
“Chris's pitch for Witchfinder: City of the Dead is what made us all realize he was a perfect writer to add to our little world,” said Mike Mignola. “Chris and Ben Stenbeck have outdone themselves on this book. I’m super excited about it!”
“It’s fantastic to return to the world of Witchfinder,” said Ben Stenbeck. “I get to go back to Edward Grey’s London and help to flesh it out a bit more. Hopefully I've gotten better at it in the 7 years since I last drew Witchfinder.”
“I've always been an enormous fan of Victorian-era occult detectives, and of Mignola's Sir Edward Grey in particular,” said Roberson. “One of the greatest things about Hellboy's world is the richness of its backstory, and it's been a real thrill to get to explore some of the uncharted territory and fill in some of the gaps in the map."
It's been awhile since I've read a Witchfinder book, but I'm so down for this. The fact that it plays out in this little corner of the Mignolaverse makes it even sweeter. The first issue of Witchfinder: City of the Dead is due out on August 31st, 2016.
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