Since the launch of Berger Books imprint from Dark Horse Comics a few years back, the Karen Berger-curated line has published stories of alien invasions, government conspiracies, and gender-swapped Dickens reimaginings. While most of the imprint’s offerings have been miniseries, Invisible Kingdom, the sci-fi series from writer G. Willow Wilson and artist Christian Ward, was Berger Books’s first ongoing series. The imprint is now adding a second ongoing series in the form of Everything, a new horror series written by Christopher Cantwell, writer of another Berger Books miniseries, She Can Fly. Artist I.N.J. Culbard will provide the visuals for the series.
Here’s the publisher’s description of Everything:
From wayward teens to lonely housewives and ambitious city officials, most in this otherwise-sleepy Michigan town are thrilled with the arrival of EVERYTHING, a new mega-department store, and its catalog-perfect manager, Shirley. But thrill turns to frenzy, and when bouts of mania, random hellish fires, violent explosions and unshakeable psychic disturbances start to overtake the population, a few—like depressive out-of-towner Lori and a suspicious local named Rick—begin to suspect EVERYTHING might be the cause.
What twisted power has taken hold of Holland, Michigan and its town-folk? Who—or what—exactly is in charge here… and what insidious plans are in store?
A horror comic where the evil force is a big-box store might be the best premise I’ve heard in a while. In the release announcing the series, Berger describes it as “if Twin Peaks and Stranger Things had a baby and Ray Bradbury was the godfather,” which basically sounds like this series was made specifically for me. Halt and Catch Fire co-creator Cantwell has proven a solid writer of psychological horror on its second miniseries, which is currently in the middle of its second miniseries with artists Martín Morazzo and Miroslav Mrva. Culbard’s also shown he can bring the creepy visuals on books like The New Deadwardians and Lovecraft.
Check out Culbard’s cover for the first issue below. Everything #1 is due in comic shops in September.