Captain Marvel artist Lee Garbett will be teaming up with Lucifer showrunner Joe Henderson for an ongoing teen horror series from Image Comics, Shadecraft, which is scheduled to begin release on March 31st, 2021. Rounding out the creative team on Shadecraft will be Antonio Fabela on colors and Simon Bowland on lettering. This is the second time the team has collaborated on a project at Image, following their Eisner-nominated series Skyward, which concluded last year.
Now, they will collaborate on Shadecraft, the story of Zadie Lu. Zadie is a girl who is afraid of her own shadow – but she has good reason! She’s beginning to suspect the shadows in her town actually have minds of their own, and they seem to be of a mind to watch her every move… perhaps with sinister intent! But why is it that she is the object of the spooky shadows’ ceaseless survey?
According to the press release from Image Comics, which you can read in its entirety below the preview pages, Garbett was excited to work on a comic series that had a more ominous tone than Skyward, but which still maintained a sense of warmth. The PR goes on to compare the comic to Sabrina the Teenage Witch by wife and husband team Veronica Fish and Andy Fish, Jack Morelli, and Kelly Thompson as well as Something is Killing the Children by Werther Dell’Edera, Miquel Muerto, and James Tynion IV with lettering by Andworld Design.
The first issue of Shadecraft will be available both at your local comic book shop and your favorite online platform on March 31st, 2021, and you can get your first look at the teen horror comic right here, right now! Let The Beat know what you think about the upcoming series in the comment section.
LUCIFER SHOWRUNNER JOE HENDERSON RETEAMS WITH CAPTAIN MARVEL ARTIST LEE GARBETT FOR UPCOMING TEEN HORROR SHADECRAFT
PORTLAND, Ore. 12/10/2020 — Bestselling writer and Lucifer showrunner Joe Henderson reteams with popular Captain Marvel artist Lee Garbett for the upcoming teen horror series, Shadecraft. Their sophomore collaboration at Image Comics—after the Eisner nominated and universally beloved Skyward concluded in 2019—this new series will send fans on a hair-raising journey beginning in March.
“To me, shadows are the perfect mixture of horror and fun. One minute, they seem to come to dangerous life out of the corner of my eye. The next, I’m making silly shadow puppets with my son,” Henderson told Comic Book Resources in an exclusive scoop of the announcement. “I love that cocktail of genuine scares and playful adventure, and we’ve infused it into this book. I’ve been wanting to tell a story with shadows coming to life for years, but it took finding the right emotional heart—finding Zadie’s story—for it to finally come together. Welcome to Shadecraft—let’s hope Zadie Lu survives the experience…”
In Shadecraft, readers meet Zadie Lu. She’s afraid of her own shadow. She’s also a teenager, so she really should have grown out of it by now… But something weird is happening in her small town—it’s as if the shadows are actually coming to life. Watching her. Maybe even trying to kill her. But how do you fight something you can’t even touch? And why is she the target they’re after?
Garbett told Comic Book Resources: “With Shadecraft we get to play with a darker, more ominous tone than Skyward without losing that vital heart and warmth that’s so important to us. This book presented a whole new set of artistic challenges in bringing the shadows to life. I tried to keep things as organic as possible, letting the ink move and grow on the paper to find its own form. I can’t wait for everyone to check it out.”
Join Zadie Lu as she ventures into the shadows to face her fears and discovers a legacy she never knew she had in a new series perfect for fans of the Koyoharu Gotouge’s Demon Slayer, James Tynion IV and Martin Simmonds’ Something Is Killing The Children and Veronica Fish and Kelly Thompson’s Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
Shadecraft #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, March 31.
Shadecraft #1 will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.