The first issue of Fear Case, a new four-issue miniseries by Matt Kindt, Tyler Jenkins, and Hilary Jenkins, isn’t set to arrive in stores until February 3rd, and already it’s proven to be a success. Dark Horse Comics announced today that the debut issue of Fear Case has already sold out at the distributor level, just two days after it’s final order cutoff date and over two weeks ahead of its release. The publisher has also announced a second printing for the issue, featuring a new cover by Andrea Sorrentino, which will go on sale the Wednesday following the first printing’s release date.
Described by the publisher as “True Detective meets The Ring,” Fear Case follows a pair of secret service agents as they investigate a mysterious case that has been present at major disasters throughout history. The series blends procedural elements with supernatural horror, with a compelling mystery, likeable characters, and some truly striking, haunting visuals from Tyler & Hilary Jenkins.
Fear Case #1 is the latest Kindt-written comic for Dark Horse to see a sellout ahead of its release. Last year’s Bang! #1 also sold out prior to its release, and ultimately went to three printings. The series, written by Kindt and illustrated by Wilfredo Torres and Nayoung Kim, received a lot of pre-release buzz, and the first issue even featured a pull-quote from Keanu Reeves.
Check out the full announcement on Fear Case #1’s sell-out and second printing below. Look for the first printing to go on sale on Wednesday, February 3rd, and the second printing to arrive the following Wednesday. Preorders for the second printing of the issue will be open until this coming Monday, January 18th.
MILWAUKIE, Ore., (January 13, 2021)—The series debut of the anticipated horror comic Fear Case by writer Matt Kindt (BANG!, Mind MGMT), artist Tyler Jenkins (The Grass Kings, Neverboy) and colorist Hilary Jenkins (Black Badge, King of Nowhere) has sold out at the distributor level ahead of it’s February 3, 2021 on-sale date. Dark Horse Comics has tapped the critically acclaimed Andrea Sorrentino, artist behind the Eisner-winning horror series ‘Gideon Falls’ to provide a new cover for the issue’s second printing.
Described as “True Detective” meets “The Ring”, Fear Case marks Matt Kindt’s first foray into the horror genre. Says Kindt, “I’ve never written a story in the horror genre before. Real life is already so full of it. This is the most grounded thing I’ve ever written. And as a result, it’s definitely the most horrific. I apologize in advance.”
“What an exciting way to start of the New Year!” says Matt Parkinson, VP of Marketing at Dark Horse Comics. “Fear Case looks to be yet another Matt Kindt classic and we couldn’t be happier with the overwhelming response to his new horror series. Congratulations Matt and Tyler!”
“I was so excited to see Matt finally dip his toes into a horror comic. Fear Case is so damn good and spooky as hell!! Tyler and Hilary’s art on the story really push the eerie tone of the plot,” series editor Daniel Chabon says about Kindt’s new project. “When I heard the comic sold out and we needed a new cover Andrea was the first person to come to mind. His work on Gideon Falls was so brilliant and creepy that I knew he could knock this cover out of the park.”
Dark Horse Comics will debut the first issue of Fear Case on February 3, 2021 featuring a standard cover by Tyler Jenkins and variant covers by Francisco Francavilla and Duncan Fegredo. Dark Horse Comics will publish the second printing variant of issue 1, featuring an all new cover by Andrea Sorrentino, on February 10th, 2020, in order to meet the high demand from comic book stores and readers.