What do you get when you mash up James M. Cain and H. P. Lovecraft?
New York Comic Con 2011 may be over, but anticipation of noir fans over the latest collaborative project of legendary duo Ed Brubaker and illustrator Sean Phillips has only begun. Together, they defined the graphic noir genre with Incognito, Criminal, Coward—just to toss some titles out there.
During a panel with the Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) and Neal Stephenson (Snow Crash), Brubaker (rather, footage thereof) and Phillips unveiled Fatale, the next series they will bring to Image Comics. The comics mini-series, a mix of science fiction, noir, and horror—or “sci-noirror,” has a smoking female lead and also a Cthulhu-esque creature armed with the Tommy gun. The story spans from the 1930’s to modern day. The first issue will feature two different covers and will be available in January 2012. Preview a couple pages here.
The official synopsis copy reads:
“A reporter in 2012 stumbles on a secret that leads him down the darkest path imaginable… to a seductive woman who’s been on the run since 1935, a mobster who may be an immortal demon monster, and the stories of all the doomed men who’ve been caught in their decades-long struggle.”
Hey, hold up. I have to clean up some drool that just landed on my keyboard.
Read our coverage of NYCC 2011 here, in case you were too busy getting that hot nerd’s phone number. Don’t forget to check out our Comics and Graphic Novel feature page for more inked and etched crime shenanigans.