Writer John Layman, who is perhaps best known for the excellent psychic food mystery comic Chew, appears to have another hit on his hands. Image announced Thursday that his new book, Outer Darkness, is getting a second print, just one day after its release.
Outer Darkness, which is drawn by Afu Chan, is a deep space comic with paranormal leanings. Basically, imagine Star Trek if the ship and all the planets the crew went to were haunted (ol’ Spock’s logical head would certainly be spinning). It’s the second new creator-owned book for Layman this year, following Leviathan, the Nick Pittara-drawn kaiju comic that also released its third issue this week.
As noted in the headline here, this has been a big week for former Chew creators—plural. The artist on that book, which concluded in November 2016, was Rob Guillory, who this week finished up the first arc on his own new creator-owned with Image, Farmhand.
The full press release from Image follows:
Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment are thrilled to announce that the debut issue of John Layman and Afu Chan’s sci-fi horror series is being fast-tracked for a second printing in order to keep up with customer demand.
In OUTER DARKNESS, humanity successfully colonized the galaxy. But the vast reaches of space are anything but safe. So when Captain Joshua Rigg and the crew of the starship Charon set out on a desperate rescue mission into the Outer Darkness of space, they’ll encounter demonic possessions, hauntings, and other flavors of cosmic horror. Because, quite simply: out in the abyss, everything wants to kill them.
“As I said when I introduced OUTER DARKNESS, I wrote it because it was exactly the sort of comic I would want to read,” said Layman. “But nothing is a sure thing, especially in comics, so it’s especially gratifying to see that this is the sort of comic other people want to read as well. I’m grateful for everybody who’s picked up the book. And if you liked the first issue I’ve got good news: Issue Two is even better.”
OUTER DARKNESS #1 will remain available for purchase across all digital platforms, including the Image Comics website (imagecomics.com), the official Image Comics iOS app, Comixology’s website (comixology.com), iOS, Android, and Google Play.
OUTER DARKNESS #1 2nd printing (Diamond code: SEP188838) and OUTER DARKNESS #2 (Diamond code: OCT180234) will be available on Wednesday, December 12th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, November 19th.