Artist Ibrahim Moustafa has signed a three-book deal with Humanoids, the publisher announced today, with his first book under the deal coming in March of next year. THR reports that Count, a sci-fi-infused adaptation of Alexandre Dumas‘s The Count of Monte Cristo, will be written and drawn by Moustafa, colored by Brad Simpson, and lettered by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou.

Moustafa Count

THR describes Count as follows:

The graphic novel, to be released next spring, follows Redxan Samud, a man framed and imprisoned for treason who, upon his escape, reinvents himself as a man of means — and faithful Automaton Retainer Unit — as a way of seeking revenge on those who set him up in the first place.

Moustafa is best known for work on Dynamite’s James Bond: Origins and DC/Young Animal’s Mother Panic: Gotham AD. In a statement accompanying the announcement, Humanoids publisher Mark Waid praised Moustafa’s work on the Count of Monte Cristo reimagining, and described it as a sign of future things from the publisher:

“Ibrahim has taken a classic text and brought a modern sensibility to it, with widescreen storytelling and clever reinvention. This book is a signpost for the kind of graphic novels that we’ll be publishing in the months and years to come.”

I’m personally a big fan of Moustafa. He’s an artist with a clean, classic style and strong storytelling skills, and the unlettered preview pages for Count display those skills perfectly. Check those pages out below, and look for Count to arrive in stores from Humanoids in March 2021.

Moustafa Count