In an interview with Brian Truitt over at USA Today, Peter Milligan has been announced as the new writer for Shadowman. He’ll join current artist Roberto De La Torre on the series.
If things had seemed quiet over in the Milligan camp for maybe a week after the writer’s runs on Stormwatch and Red Lanterns ended, things have certainly immediately raced back, with new projects at Vertigo, Dynamite, and now Valiant all in the works. It looks as though he’s no longer focusing on superhero work at DC, and has instead moved on to more left-field projects.
In the interview he describes the new arc of Shadowman, which will begin with issue 13, thus:
We’re going for something that combines the high-drama aspects of a darker mainstream book with the post-punk weird and psychologically edgy qualities of Vertigo…. I’m not throwing everything out with the bath water — I’m just making the bath water a bit more grimy and, hopefully, unpleasant
The arc will see Shadowman – Jack Boniface – plagued by the worry that when he goes to sleep, the voodoo loa which gives him power may be using his body to do terrible crimes. He’ll investigate. Perhaps most excitingly (and I have to admit I am a massive Milligan fan) is the news that, because the Shadowman series hasn’t yet established the rules of magic and voodoo…. Peter Milligan is going to invent some.
Ohboy. Find more over at USA Today.