I have some good friends who live and breathe Hellraiser, but shockingly enough I’ve never fallen down that particular rabbit hole. BOOM’s new Hellraiser: Bestiary series has piqued my interest, though, and I might have to start here. The press release from the BOOM! crew is below with some very intriguing cover art.
July 24, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA – Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios invites horror fans to open the puzzle box and explore all-new tales of the LeMarchand Device with CLIVE BARKER’S HELLRAISER: BESTIARY, a new anthology-style limited series that picks up where classic horror anthologies like Tales from the Crypt and Vault of Horror left off.
Over the past three years, Clive Barker has re-imagined the HELLRAISER mythos as only he could, building a long-form narrative that became one of the best-received horror comics in recent memory. Now, the Master of Horror takes us into his Bestiary for an anthology series—free of continuity, but full of shocking consequences. This series will feature comics’ rising stars like Ed Brisson (Sheltered) and Michael Moreci (CURSE), and the first issue will feature the comics debut of award-winning novelist Victor LaValle (The Devil in Silver, Big Machine).
“Clive Barker has created an entire mythology that has become a cornerstone of the horror genre,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Now we get to dive back into the world of HELLRAISER with some of our favorite creators, exploring this dark world in ways we haven’t experienced before. Clive himself chose many of the contributors in BESTIARY and the talent within this series is something to behold.”
Step into the Bestiary for all-new tales of the LeMarchand Device and its guardians! This first issue contains the start of a six-part serial written by Mark Miller (CLIVE BARKER’S NEXT TESTAMENT) and Ben Meares (HELLRAISER ANNUAL 2013), and drawn by Carlos Magno (DEATHMATCH), where a team of mercenaries are hired to steal Pinhead’s pins. Also, superstar author Victor LaValle teams with artist Colin Lorimer (CURSE) to tell a story set on the outskirts of New York City, as a close-knit community is torn apart by the presence of the puzzle box.
CLIVE BARKER’S HELLRAISER: BESTIARY #1 arrives in comic shops on August 20th with a retail price of $3.99 under Diamond order code JUN140941. The first issue will ship with a main cover by Conor Nolan and retailer incentive covers by Kim Herbst and Sam Shearon. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one! It’s also available for order directly from boom-studios.com.
ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS
Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is the home of Mike Carey’s SUICIDE RISK, Clive Barker’s NEXT TESTAMENT and HELLRAISER, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ FAIRY QUEST, PLANET OF THE APES, Max Bemis’ POLARITY and Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 GUNS was recently released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Jim Davis’ GARFIELD, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME and REGULAR SHOW, Mike Kunkel’s HEROBEAR AND THE KID, and Roger Langridge’s Eisner Award-winning SNARKED. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com). Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of MOUSE GUARD, COW BOY, GUNNERKRIGG COURT, RUST, SPERA, JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, and many other great titles. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox’s vast catalog of films.