Back in 2020, comic writer Charles Soule (Eight Billion Genies, Undiscovered Country), artist Will Sliney (Star Wars, Spider-Man), and colorist Rachelle Rosenberg (Star Wars) came together to livestream the creation of Hell to Pay, a comic series described as “Hellboy meets Indiana Jones.” This November, the series is set to arrive in physical form from Image Comics.
In Hell to Pay, readers meet married young couple Maia and Sebastian Stone. Years ago, they made a deal with the mysterious Shrouded College to give them magic… but they incurred a debt. Until it’s paid, their lives are not their own. Maia and Sebastian have worked for the College ever since, using their new abilities to track down 666 cursed coins: qurrakh…aka, the Devil’s Dollar. Only a few remain. The Stones are almost free…but the devil’s in the details.
Soule relished the opportunity to return to his supernatural and horror roots:
“I love horror stories, especially gnarly, supernaturally-tinged tales—but I haven’t been able to play with that kind of storytelling much since my run on Swamp Thing almost a decade ago. I’ve been meaning to tell a really big story with Will Sliney for ages too—we’ve known each other since the early days of our careers. I feel very lucky that Hell to Pay gives me a chance to do both. The story here is high-concept and thrilling—basically, you can get magic… but on credit, and your soul is the collateral. Clearing that debt… easier said than done. I think this story will be very relatable to anyone living in today’s world.
It’s also the start of something really big. Will and I are kicking things off with Hell to Pay… but we intend to tell stories in this world for a good long time to come.”
“This is the beginning of something really special, that Charles and I have been planning for a long time. It’s a the debut of a giant new world, built around a very relatable story.”
The first issue will have a main cover drawn by Dave Johnson and a variant drawn by Sliney.