John Lees and Alex Cormack have just announced details of their latest mouthwatering collaboration THE CRIMSON CAGE, a retelling of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, set against the backdrop of the 1980s Southern pro wrestling territories.
Here’s the official teaser blurb:
New Orleans, 1984. Chuck Frenzy is the main event star of the local Louisiana pro wrestling territory, but yearns for something greater. But a fateful encounter with a trio of strange, terrifying beings in the Bayou gives Chuck a glimpse of championship glory beyond his wildest dreams… if he is willing to do something terrible to achieve it.
Speaking about the series via his newsletter, Lees said “This is a dream project for me, and has been for quite some time. For almost as long as I’ve been making comics, I’ve wanted to do a wrestling story. And once I paired that with my other longstanding desire to do my own take on Macbeth – one of my favourite sagas of any medium, a tale I’ve been obsessed with for decades now – everything clicked into place. “
He continued, saying “The Crimson Cage is a passion project I’ve nursed in development for many years, not wanting to pursue it until I knew I’d have the experience to do the story justice and the platform to tell it the way I wanted to tell it. Thanks to the team at AWA Upshot, and the faith they’ve shown in me following the success of Hotell, I have just that.”
Lees was also quick to sing the praises of his all-star creative team, adding “I’ve been able to assemble my absolute dream team for the creative roster on this comic. Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou is a letterer I’ve been a big fan of for some time now, and it means a lot getting to work with him for the first time. And of course, there’s my comics brother-in-arms Alex Cormack on art, a comics genius who has been bringing out the best in me for years now, paired with who I believe to be his optimum colourist partner in Ashley Cormack.“
“The team is great, and doing stellar, beautiful work. And I genuinely believe this series contains some of my best ever writing. Every time I look over the artwork and the completed issues, it just makes me giddy with excitement. I love this comic so much!”
If you’ve followed the Big Comic Page, you’ll know by now that we’re massive fans of both Lees and Cormack, so the prospect of them reuniting here fills us with no small amount of giddy excitement. The first issue of The Crimson Cage is set to go on sale this December, but if that’s too long to wait (and it certainly is for us!), you can whet your appetite with the tasty preview of the first issue’s opening below.