Brian Haberlin and David Hine, the creative team behind the recently-launched Sonata miniseries from Image, are already eyeing their next project together. The publisher announced today that the pair would reteam for a new ongoing series called The Marked, which follows a group of people who are tattooed with ancient glyphs that imbue them with magical abilities, which they must use to protect the world from evil — and, when one among them creates a dangerous new hybrid form of magic, from each other. Sonata‘s colorist, Geirrod Van Dyke, will also return for The Marked.
Writer David Hine has done work for nearly all the major US publishers. He’s perhaps best known as the co-creator of Spider-Man Noir, and for a thirty-plus-issue run of Spawn, which he co-wrote with artist Haberlin. Haberlin is a co-creator of Witchblade, and co-founder of Avalon Studios. While The Marked is a standalone series, Haberlin did tease in a release that characters from his previous work may appear down the line:
“The world may seem familiar but what lies beneath is certainly not. A world readers of my old series Aria and The Wicked will recognize and maybe we’ll even see some characters from those books appear along the way in this new series!”
The Marked sounds like it could have something of a Wicked + Divine feel to it that has me intrigued. Check out the cover to the first issue of the series, as well as the full press release from Image announcing the series, below. The Marked #1 is due out in October.
PORTLAND, Ore. 07/08/2019 — Image Comics is pleased to announce that the critically-acclaimed creative team behind the smash-hit series Sonata—Brian Haberlin and David Hine—will reteam for an all-new ongoing fantasy series this October, titled The Marked and perfect for fans of the The Shadowhunters and Charmed.
The Marked may look like cool young influencers, but beneath the designer clothes, their bodies are tattooed with the magical glyphs of an ancient order that secretly protects the world against evil forces.
“The Marked is my chance to do magical, dark and sexy!” said Haberlin. “The world may seem familiar but what lies beneath is certainly not. A world readers of my old series Aria and The Wicked will recognize and maybe we’ll even see some characters from those books appear along the way in this new series!”
With no new occult threats, The Marked use their tattooed powers solely for the pursuit of pleasure until a young woman called Liza creates a dangerous new form of Hybrid Sorcery. The party is over for The Marked. You’ll believe in magic—terrifying, soul-destroying magic.
Hine added: “One of the highlights for me is the way Brian has used his digital skills to create amazing tattoo designs for The Marked. That and the chance to play with magic. The only limit to what these characters can do is the limit of our imagination.”
The Marked #1 will hit local comic shops on Wednesday, October 16.