DEADWORLD, the long running horror comic from Arrow and Caliber finally returns in an all new series starting in March from Image Comics. And as a special treat, the original Deadworld artist, VINCE LOCKE, returns to do the full art on the series.
Deadworld originally came out in the late 1980’s from Arrow Comics and instantly became a cult classic. Fueled by the boom in the 1980’s, the first issue sold over 75,000 copies and built a great fan base that followed the series to Caliber with issue #10 and for another 40 or so issues.
A supernatural holocaust was unleashed and the dead walked the Earth. Deadworld was unique amongst zombie comics as it dealt more with the human aspect of dealing with the new order of things. The initial storyline followed a group of teens in a schoolbus who unwittingly held the secret to controlling the floodgates of letting the world being consumed by the dead. The main protagonist was the Harley riding and sarcastic leader of the undead…KING ZOMBIE.
According to writer Gary Reed, “Deadworld will be a retelling of the original series yet will seem like an all new story as we are not bound by the parameters of the original series. We can keep what worked and jettison what didn’t.” Reed said that new readers will find the Image series to be very reader introductory and former fans will see some familiarity but it will be essentially all new. “We have to treat it as a new series,” said Reed, “yet we also have to acknowledge the previous readers. After all, there were some 550,000 copies of the old Deadworld series in print. We can’t just ignore all that.”
The series is scheduled for a bi-monthly run with the option of taking it monthly if sales warrant. Reed said that there will be an additional month scheduled at the beginning so retailers can get a chance to gauge the sales before ordering the second. “Having been a retailer for nearly 20 years, I understand how difficult it is to judge how something is going to sell and ordering the second issue prior to the release of the first was always a tough call. This will give a true idea to the retailers.” Reed felt confident that the demand will likely outstrip supply so giving an additional month between issues one and two will help eliminate the reservations retailers might have. “With Vince’s stunning artwork and his high awareness due to the previous work he’s done and the film release of his HISTORY OF VIOLENCE, I’d expect that fans will be very receptive to the series," said Reed.
In addition to the new comic series, Deadworld also has a novel in production from Gary Reed and Gary Francis (Happy the Clown/Young Dracula) and an original CD of music based on the Deadworld comic. The CD will be from John Bergin who did the soundtrack for The Crow movie.
More information can be found in Diamond Previews for March 2005 releases (currently available).
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