It’s been a while — three years — since there was a new collection of Batton Lash’s Supernatural Law, but next month, THE SODDYSSEY presents several long out of print stories in new, remastered editions. You can read a 20-page excerpt here, using the Issuu interface. PR below:
The Soddyssey collects issues 9-16 of the original Wolff & Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre comic book series. Attorneys Alanna Wolff and Jeff Byrd are advocates for vampires, werewolves, and things that go bump in the night. The title refers to the trials and tribulations of Wolff & Byrd’s longtime hapless client, Sodd, the Thing Called It (a send-up of the many swamp monsters that have stalked comics over the years). Beside Sodd’s saga, this 192-page volume include “The * Files” (parodying, of course, The X Files), “I’m Carrying Satan’s Baby” (Rosemary’s Baby meets Roe v. Wade), “Personal Injuries and Guardian Angels” (with Jack Benny as the guardian angel), “Bad Blood” (a takeoff on Anne Rice), and a variety of short stories.
Sodd is featured in the free sample story, “Triskaidekaphobia,” originally published as Wolff & Byrd, Counselers of the Macabre #13 (October 1996). Like the rest of the stories in this collection, “Triskaidekaphobia,” has been “remastered,” with all new lettering and improved production values.
The viewable pdf comes courtesy of Issuu, a free online service that provides a number of ways for visitors to view pdf files. A file can be read online like a book (pages turn, allowing the reader to see spreads) or by downward scrolling, with a choice of views including full screen and the capability of zooming in. Files can also be printed out. Issuu also allows for commenting, e-mailing files to friends, and embedding links.
“All of the issues in this collection have been out of print for years,” says Lash, “so I’m delighted they will be available again. Some of my favorite stories are in this book, including the controversial ‘I’m Carrying Satan’s Baby,’ which takes a romance comics approach to the abortion issue.”
Lash believes that offering part of the book for free will give potential readers a taste of the kind of storytelling they can expect in the rest of the book, as well as providing a jumping on point for the whole Supernatural Law book series.
The Soddyssey is actually the “missing” volume 2 in the Supernatural Law series of deluxe trade paperbacks. It comes after volume 1, Tales of Supernatural Law (collecting issues 1-8), and before Sonovawitch! And Other Tales of Supernatural Law (volume 3, collecting issues 17-23). The other two books in the series are The Vampire Brat (issues 24-29) and Mister Negativity (issues 31-36).
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