The Old West, circa 1895 – giant squid monsters start coming out of the sky, and causing a lot of problems. A group of monster hunters comes together, led by Captain William Beadle, to form the crew of Steam Man – a giant steam-powered mech that takes on the monsters in a steampunk Pacific Rim kinda beginning.
But it doesn’t end there. Nope, that’s just the intro to this book. Turns out, there’s a vampiric Dark Rider leading a group of monsters he calls Moorlock, and they’re bringing death and mayhem wherever they go. Beadle has a very personal axe to grind with the Dark Rider, and I can’t wait to read the next issue.
With a story and script by 10-time Bram Stoker award winner Joe R. Lansdale and Hellraiser comic scribe (and Clive Barker’s film company VP) Mark Alan Miller, there is no way this book can go wrong. They’re bringing together horror and steampunk – it’s beautiful. It’s insane and there’s going to be blood and gore, people. But it’s going to be so well-sculpted that you’ll weep, because these guys bring the goods. Piotr Kowalski’s art is stunning. It’s got a breathtaking scale and depth to it, and Kelly Fitzpatrick’s colors give us the grit and dust of the old West with a touch of sepia, like we’re looking at old photos coming to life.
Whether you like horror, sci-fi, steampunk, or Westerns, there’s something here for everyone to love. Check out a few pages from the first issue, below, and then get this on your pull list. You’ll be happy you did.
STEAM MAN #1
Story: Joe R. Lansdale
Script: Mark Alan Miller
Artist: Piotr Kowalski
Colorist: Kelly Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Dark Horse
On-Sale: October 21, 2015
Order Code: AUG150026