Dynamite has announced an exciting new series beginning this August with fan-favorite writer Gail Simone (Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman, Domino) and artist Walter Geovani (Red Sonja, Clean Room)—The Death-Defying ‘Devil!
The nearly 80-year-old legendary superhero makes his epic comeback in a new mini-series this summer with colorist Adriano Augusto (Red Sonja/Tarzan, KISS: Blood & Stardust) and letterer Simon Bowland (Red Sonja, The Boys) rounding out the team.
The series is inspired by Rod Serling, Bronze Age horror/mystery anthologies, and modern street-level heroics and has the ‘Devil beaten and bloodied in a yard behind a rundown apartment building. The tenants take him in and we soon learn that each has their own troubles while a strange force threatens the entire building. Now the ‘Devil begins a mission to help solve the problems, even if there is a traitor among them.
Covers for the new series include art by Riccardo Federici (Aquaman, Dark Nights Metal: Dark Knights Rising), Tyler Kirkham (Deathstroke, Green Lantern, Teen Titans), Ben Oliver (American Carnage), Lucio Parillo (Vampirella, Red Sonja), and In-Hyuk Lee (Black Order, Spider-Geddon). There is also a Project Superpowers throwback with a special incentive “Carve Out” cover featuring Alex Ross’ rendering.
“I have been fascinated by the Death-Defying ‘Devil since I first saw him on the cover of Jim Steranko’s History of Comics. I had no idea who he was, but something about him looked menacing and compelling,” said Simone. “Later, I got to read more of the stories and they feel like a precursor to the modern street-level heroes we have today. The guy throws razor boomerangs, how cool is that? And I love working with Walter, he’s one of my most trusted artists. He can draw anything, but superheroes are his favorite and he’s never gotten to draw them!”
Geovani added, “This is my very first superhero comic! Working with Gail is always a pleasure and an honor to me. The story is fantastic and she created interesting characters that I’m loving drawing.”
“The Death-Defying ‘Devil is the only person who has ever made that metal-spiked belt really work. Usually it’s just someone at a punk show in a suburban basement, scratching the hell out of their bass,” said editor Kevin Ketner. “So I am really looking forward to getting a lot deeper into this character and defying a little death with Gail and Walter.”
The Death-Defying ‘Devil #1 will be available for preorder in comic shops this June. Release date is set for August. The issue can also be found digitally on ComiXology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, ComicsPlus, and more.
Deanna Destito is a writer and editor based in New Jersey. When she is not writing about comics or scripting her own stories, she’s watching the lowest budget horror movies available.