The Penny Dreadfuls on which the Showtime/Sky horror series of the same name was based, were bloody Gothic tales, serial pulp at its finest. While the show has concluded it’s run with a clear, albeit disappointing finale, creator John Logan’s story will carry on, aptly so, in the pages of a comic book.
The Titan comic, written by show script writers Krysty Wilson-Cairns, Chris King, and Andrew Hinderaker. The comic will serve as a prequel of sorts, filling in bits of Vanessa Ives and Sir Malcolm Murray’s quest, and what led to their mission to save Murray’s daughter Mina.
Brought to life by Louie De Martinis, with covers by Guillem March (Batman, Catwoman), and Ben Templesmith (Bat Boy, 30 Days of Night), among others, and the first three issues are already available from Titan Comics.
Like the Penny Dreadfuls of yore, the show itself retold Gothic classics like Dracula, and The Picture of Dorian Grey. Ms. Ives’ story finished with the series finale, and so the comic will focus on what came before. What the show told us in brief flashbacks, the comic will flush out. Since the story is written by script writers form the show, the details told in the pages of the comics will fit perfectly into the cannon woven by Showtime’s 3-season run. Going back to the beginning means a more in-depth exploration of the reinvented Dracula character, and the early suffering of Vanessa Ives. As we have seen in flashbacks on the show, Ms. Ives crossed paths with several of the show’s other regular characters and one hopes they too, will have more of their stories told as well.
Titan Comics will issue an additional series in 2017 set after the shows conclussion, whitch will feature more on the Ethan Chandler character.
The next incarnation will be put together by Penny Dreadful co-executive producer Chris King and illustrator Jesús Hervás (Sons of Anarchy). Comic editor Lizzie Kaye hopes that the new project will appeal to the show’s faithful fans.
“Like all fans of Penny Dreadful, I am so thrilled that we’re returning to the incredible world of the show. There are a lot of stories left to tell, and there is no one better to tell them than Chris King. What he’s got planned will just take your breath away, and I can’t wait for fans to see it all brought to life by artist Jesús Hérvas.”
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