Following on from their recent foray into US format comics with the likes of Brass Sun, Jaegir and Dredd: Underbelly, 2000AD are planning on keeping that momentum going with the announcement of the six-part mini series The Grievous Journey of Ichabod Azrael (and the dead left in his wake), coming next February.
The violent ‘supernatural Western’, written by Rob Williams, was originally published back in 2010 and features an impressively varied collection of artists including Death Sentence’s Michael Dowling and Shaolin Cowboy’s Peter Doherty.
Take a look at the official press release below for the full details, then feast your eyes on Simon Davis’ cover to the first issue (as well as the stunning variant from Lee Garbett).
The greatest killer of The Old West is murdered, and then vows to kill his way out of the afterlife and return to the living lands of colour. No one’s ever done it before. But no one’s ever been as mean a killer as Ichabod before.
The series caused a sensation amongst fans when it debuted in 2010. A bloody, romantic supernatural Western filtered through the language of Daniel Woodrell and the cinematic imagery of Terrence Malick – Ichabod Azrael is so much more than just another Western.
The six-issue mini-series from 2000 AD will begin on 25th February 2015 and will be available through comic book stores via Diamond Distribution (order code DEC141640) and digitally from 2000 AD’s DRM-free webshop and iPad app.
Written by Williams (The Royals: Masters of War) and drawn by Reardon (Caballistics), Dowling (Death Sentence), Doherty (Shaolin Cowboy), and Fuso (The Girl Who Played With Fire), with letters by Annie Parkhouse, the first issue cover is by Simon Davis (Sláine the Barbarian) with a variant by Lee Garbett (Loki: Agent of Asgard).
Williams said: “We’re thrilled to bring the west’s greatest DEAD killer to the US market, that’s where he’s from, after all. Movies like The Assassination of Jesse James and the songs of Gram Parsons and Townes Van Zandt were the strip’s inspiration. So it’s great he’s heading to his homeland, revolver in hand.”
The editor of 2000 AD, Matt Smith, said: “After the success of our US format comics this year – DREDD: Underbelly, Jaegir, and Brass Sun – we have plans to continue with more titles in the format in 2015, drawing on some of the most inventive, intriguing, and action-packed series 2000 AD has ever produced. The last few years have seen an incredible range of new characters emerge and we’re looking forward to blowing comic book readers’ minds!”