In very exciting news, one-time Beat Contributor Bryan Edward Hill is leading the charge on the newest title in Warren Ellis‘ WildStorm imprint: Michael Cray.
Hill, whose commentary on diversity with this very site have been some of my favorite pieces of comics-related writing over the past few years, comes to the project after working with Top Cow on titles like Postal and 7 Days From Hell. He’ll be writing the first solo title for the Jim Lee and Brandon Choi-created Deathblow since 2008 saw the end of its Volume 2. As the release states below, Ellis will be contributing to the title as well, with N. Steven Harris and Dexter Vines on art.
The first issue sees release on October 11th.
Congrats Bryan! DC picked the best possible person for the gig! I can’t wait to read it.
DC’s newest pop-up imprint is readying its Deathblow.
Since his return to comics earlier this year in Warren Ellis and Jon Davis-Hunt’s masterful THE WILD STORM, Michael Cray has been a man without a mission. After failing in his attempt to assassinate HALO mastermind Jacob Marlowe and igniting an international incident in the process, things for the hired gun took a turn for the worse when he discovered that he also had a brain tumor that would most likely take his life.
Or so he thought.
When last we saw Cray, he had been forced out of International Operations, the secret organization that runs the world, when he was approached by Christine Trelane with an offer to join her rival organization. To learn what happens next, fans will have to look to future issues of The Wild Storm along with Cray’s new solo spinoff, which will be landing in stores this fall.
WILDSTORM: MICHAEL CRAY will serve as the second comic series to be released in the WildStorm imprint overseen by Ellis. Written by Bryan Hill with contributions by Ellis and drawn by N. Steven Harris and Dexter Vines, it promises to distill the lofty conspiracies of The Wild Storm through a far more personal lens. And the description of the first issue is both intriguing AND surprising…
Warren Ellis’ critically acclaimed relaunch of WildStorm gets its first solo spinoff series! Michael Cray, professional assassin, has been betrayed by International Operations and has an alien life-form in his head that’s either killing him, transforming him, or both. The only thing that can bring sense to his life is for him to do what he does best: kill the wrong people for the right reasons. But Michael needs support and resources to hit back against I.O., and he gets them in exchange for working with Trelane, taking out her targets, his way. First up? A sociopathic silicon-valley billionaire by the name of Oliver Queen!
Oliver Queen?!? Is the WildStorm imprint about to cross over into the DCU? And it sounds like there’s a lot more to that brain tumor of Cray’s than we realized. Look for the first issue of Wildstorm: Michael Cray on October 11, 2017.
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