On March 3rd, 2021, the first issue of the new limited series Proctor Valley Road will be available digitally and at your local comic shop. Co-written by Grant Morrison (All-Star Superman, Doom Patrol, JLA) and screenwriter Alex Child (Temple, Holby City) with art by Naomi Franquiz (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl), colors by Tamra Bonvillain (Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur), and the twice-Eisner Award nominated Jim Campbell lettering. The book will be the first release from UCP Graphic.
UCP Graphic is a newly launched extension of UCP, a television studio that is a division of the Universal Studio Group. UCP is the studio that’s responsible for television shows like SYFY’s Happy! and Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy, and it will also be producing an adaptation of Proctor Valley Road for television.
According to the press release, which you can read below in its entirety, UCP Graphic is a partnership between BOOM! Studios and UCP that will publish original comics and graphic novels from new and established creators.
It’s the latest foray into streaming television adaptation for BOOM! Studios. In October, it was announced that Noelle Stevenson was working on an animated adaptation of Lumberjanes for HBO Max. Meanwhile, a six-episode series based on R.L. Stine’s Just Beyond will be streamed by Disney+, and Jake Gyllenhaal is meant to star in and produce an adaptation of the graphic novel Snow Blind for Apple TV.
Which BOOM! Studios comic do you hope gets the streaming adaptation treatment next? Will you be heading to your local comic shop to pick up the first issue of Proctor Valley Road when it is released in March 2021? Let The Beat know in the comment section!
Grant Morrison, Alex Child &
Naomi Franquiz Debut
PROCTOR VALLEY ROAD at BOOM! Studios
Discover The Brand New Original Horror Series in March 2021
UCP, a Division of Universal Studio Group, To Adapt Graphic Novel Series for Television
LOS ANGELES, CA (December 14, 2020) – BOOM! Studios today announcedPROCTOR VALLEY ROAD #1, kicking off a star-studded new horror limited series from visionary writer Grant Morrison (Klaus), Alex Child (BBC’s Holby City), Naomi Franquiz (Tales from Harrow County) and Tamra Bonvillain (Once & Future) about the mysterious monsters that haunt Proctor Valley Road – and the four misfit teenagers who must stop them. PROCTOR VALLEY ROAD, developed in partnership with NBCUniversal, debuts in comic shops on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. NBCUniversal’s UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group, will also adapt the series for television and will shop the adaptation to networks and streaming platforms.
August, Rylee, Cora & Jennie have organized a “Spook Tour” with their classmates on the most haunted, demon-infested stretch of road in America to fund attending the concert of their dreams. But when their visit turns deadly, these four friends race to rescue the missing students…before the town tears them limb from limb. Now they must slay the evils roaming Proctor Valley Road…along with the monsters lurking in the hearts of 1970s America.
Grant Morrison has written best-selling stories for Marvel and DC Comics, creating definitive runs for iconic characters including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, the Justice League of America, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men. Seminal titles in comics include Batman: Arkham Asylum, All-Star Superman, Animal Man, The Invisibles, WE3, Joe the Barbarian, and Doom Patrol.
In television, Morrison developed and co-wrote a number of shows under a development deal for UCP at NBCUniversal. These include the hit show Happy! for SYFY in 2017, based on the comic book, and an adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World for Peacock in 2020. A long-anticipated adaptation of the epic ‘90s series The Invisibles is currently in development. In film, Morrison recently co-wrote The Flash for Warner Bros. with Ezra Miller.
“I fell in love with these characters when I read Alex’s original series proposal and I’ve had an amazing time working with him and with Naomi to bring them to life for a spooky rollercoaster ride that feels like Nancy Drew on ‘shrooms!” said Grant Morrison. “Get your kicks…on Proctor Valley Road!”
Alex Child is a British screenwriter from Oxfordshire known for his work on BBC’sHolby City and Sky One’s Temple. Child’s upcoming debut short film Small World, which he wrote and directed, stars Dr. Who‘s David Troughton and Peter Wight ofHot Fuzz fame.
“I’m thrilled to be teaming up with the mighty Grant Morrison and the insanely talented Naomi Franquiz on my debut comic book, PROCTOR VALLEY ROAD!” said Alex Child. “With the hangover of the 1960s in the rearview, the Vietnam War dragging on, and the Space Race hotting up, we’re in small town supernatural America to tell the story of four best friends, three missing jocks, and a real life stretch of road steeped in legends that will ice your spine and leave the blood thumping in your ears. The girls’ reputations, friendship, and lives are all on the line in this white-knuckle adventure series as they try to unravel the mysteries and survive the nightmarish terrors of Proctor Valley Road, a place that makes Hell look like Honolulu!”
Naomi Franquiz is a Latina freelance illustrator and comic book artist currently based in delightfully dank Florida. She focuses on diverse and inclusive character-driven narratives that explore concepts such as found family, identity, and independence. Previous works include Tales From Harrow County: Death’s Choir(Dark Horse), Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (Marvel), and Bountiful, a short story in theELEMENTS: Earth comics anthology. She is perhaps best known for her expressive character work, and perhaps less known for her inability to ride a standard bicycle.
“PROCTOR VALLEY ROAD is a big slice of Americana laced with uneasy cryptid horror, a side of rebel youth, and a killer soundtrack,” said Naomi Franquiz.
Print copies of PROCTOR VALLEY ROAD #1, for mature readers, will be available on March 3, 2021 exclusively at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.comto find the one nearest you) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers like comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Madefire. The issue also features main cover art by Franquiz, along with variant covers from superstars Chris Wildgoose (Alienated), Christian Ward (Invisible Kingdom), and Peach Momoko (Buffy the Vampire Slayer).
“Grant, Alex, and Naomi have created a kind of horror in PROCTOR VALLEY ROAD that is both beyond imagination and terrifyingly real,” said Eric Harburn, Senior Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Coming of age during the death of ‘peace & love,’ our heroines must not only conquer the evils spawned from this cursed desert highway, but the demons we all see when we look in the mirror and stare up at the ceiling at night.”