Dark Horse Comics have just announced that legendary Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and NY Times Bestselling novelist Christopher Golden are set to unleash the first ever comic book appearance of Joe Golem, the lead chacter from their novel Joe Golem and the Drowning City.
The five-part Joe Golem: Occult Detective series will feature artwork from BCP favourite Patric Reynolds (Alien: Fire and Stone), and will take place prior to the novel Joe Golem and the Drowning City. Set forty years after an earthquake leaves Lower Manhattan partly submerged under 30 feet of water, Joe Golem must hunt a horrifying creature that is pulling children into the depths of the city’s canals.
On the subject of the announcement, Mignola said “For years now, since we first saw Baltimore work as a comic, Chris and I have talked about doing comic book sequels and prequels to Joe Golem. But, as always, we needed to find just the right artist and when I saw Patric Reynolds’ recent work on an Alien comic I knew he could pull off the world we created in the novel and capture the mood we were looking for. When you find the right artist for something you don’t want to let him get away.”
Golden added “Joe Golem is full of pulpy goodness, weird alternate history, monsters, and magic and it’s full of insanity you’re not going to find anywhere else. We’re telling the story of Joe Golem: Occult Detective, solving mysteries in the flooded streets of mid-20th century lower Manhattan with the ancient Simon Church, who’s keeping himself alive with magic and machinery at the same time he’s keeping Joe in the dark about his own origins. We want to immerse you in Joe’s world, what life is like in the Drowning City, and with issue one, we dive right in.”
Much like their collaboration on the Baltimore graphic novels, the events of Joe Golem will take place outside of the established “Mignolaverse”, the strange, shared universe inhabited by Hellboy, BPRD, Abe Sapien, and Frankenstein Underground.