Tuesday, 12 June 2012

We're Putting the Band Back Together, and We're on a Mission from God...

In my whole life, right from my earliest interactions with human beings, I can't think of a single time someone has handed me one of their most prized and valuable toys and said, "here - break this for me."

That simply never happened.

So put yourself in my position for a moment when, during an otherwise normal and productive conversation, an author by the name of Barry Nugent essentially opened up his entire toybox and instructed me not only to "break one" but to actually pick the one I liked the most and destroy it. That, in a broad sense and with only minor factual adjustment in the service of dramatic effect, was the conversation that culminated in Wrath of God, the one-shot I wrote for Barry's first anthology of expanded universe stories from his Unseen Shadows novels.

Wrath of God was a multi-narrative dissection of Reverend Jonathan Bishop, charting his decades-long transition from from devout but troubled youth to murderous martyr on a mission from a vengeful god. It was a metric fuck-tonne of fun to write (particularly knowing that it'd be Steve Penfold and Gat Melvin bringing it to life), and before the ink was even dry on the ungodly thing Barry and I were already talking about doing something even more ambitious with the character.

At this point, I'm simply going to yield the floor to The Reverend's creator for the formal announcement:

The Reverend: Blood Cries Out – The First Full-Length Unseen Shadows Graphic Novel Is Announced

And drum roll… we now have a title for the very first full-length Unseen Shadows graphic novel, which has been in development for a little while now. The story will centre on everyone’s fave vigilante from Fallen Heroes – Jonathan Bishop, aka The Reverend. 

Written by Cy Dethan with art by Steve Penfold, colours by Gat Melvin and letters by Nic Wilkinson the story will be called The Reverend: Blood Cries Out.

For me, it’s just fantastic that the entire team who worked on the first Reverend one-shot for Tales of the Fallen have come back for a second round and this time Cy is bringing a story that four times bigger and probably four times the body count.

Cy is working on the story, the main outline is pretty much fleshed out and it’s a fantastic tale. I won’t say too much more except it will be set after Wrath of God and before the events of Fallen Heroes. The story will also feature at least one cameo from one of the main characters from the novel (answers on a postcard as to who it could be).

More news soon!

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