Evil Ernie, last seen in Dynamite’s Chaos! mini-series, will be returning in his own series. Ernie was one of the mainstays of the ’90s Chaos comics line and a pretty hot property back before the independent publishers started to consolidate in the late 90s.
The team on Evil Ernie will be Tim Seeley (Chaos!, Revival, Hack/Slash, Batman Eternal) co-writing with his brother Steve Seeley (Hoax Hunters). Art will be handled by Rafael Lanhellas (Warlord of Mars).
PR and art follows:
July 15, 2014, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce the upcoming launch of Evil Ernie, a comic book series showcasing the most iconic horror fiend in the industry and the cornerstone of the popular Chaos! Comics shared universe. Co-written by Chaos! architect Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash) alongside his brother and fellow writer Steve Seeley, Evil Ernie will feature interior artwork by talented artist Rafael Lanhellas. The first issue will debut in October 2014, and features a wide selection of cover options by Tim Seeley, Jae Lee, Carlos Rafael, Ardian Syaf, Kyle Hotz, Ken Haeser, and Andrew Mangum.
“Steve and I first discovered Evil Ernie when the first issue (of the classic 1990s series) came out. We were both teenagers, and our dad was a big horror movie fan, so we were plenty familiar with mayhem and massacre,” says Tim Seeley. “But something about seeing this punk teenager trying to take out the entire world really appealed to us. So, when a new Evil Ernie series was available, Steve and I figured it’d be a great time to debut out first brother-on-brother comic book collaboration, as we return Ernie to his anti-hero/slasher movie roots. This is going to be tongue-in-cheek, apocalyptic slasher movie comic book goodness, loaded with everything that two guys spent their teenage years neck deep in: heavy metal, horror, and comics.”
“Tim knows horror like few other writers in comics today. The Seeley brothers demonstrate their knowledge of and passion for Evil Ernie on each page of the scripts, and I can’t wait for fans to read this suspense and horror-filled adventure,” says Dynamite CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci.
In Evil Ernie #1, the teenage psychopath Ernest Fairchild is dead, resigned to Hell where he belongs. But when reality is threatened by an evil even the Devil can’t handle, he calls on the only weapon that can prevent total megadeath: Evil Ernie himself. Meanwhile, the genocidal Mistress Hel has found new love… or perhaps the term “loves” would be more appropriate. A tale that follows in the wake of the Chaos! mini-series event yet welcomes new readers with an easy jumping-on point, Evil Ernie proves that the deadliest mass murderer of all time may be the world’s only hope.
Dynamite will celebrate the new Evil Ernie #1 with a variety of cover options. Co-writer Tim Seeley performs double-duty by supplying the Main cover. Variant cover editions feature the talent of Carlos Rafael (Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris), Ardian Syaf (Batgirl), Kyle Hotz (The Hood), and Ken Haeser (The Living Corpse). To celebrate the classic Chaos! Comics art style, an “Old School” variant is supplied by Andrew Mangum. Finally, superstar illustrator Jae Lee (Batman/Superman, The Dark Tower) provides a special incentive cover to encourage strong pre-orders from comic shop retailers.
Evil Ernie #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ August Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in October. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Evil Ernie with their local comic book retailers. As with sister titles Chastity and Purgatori, Evil Ernie will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.