If there's one person who's art style constantly crushes it, it has to be Joseph Schmalke. Everything of his I've seen, I'm instantly in love with (seriously, if you don't like Murder Hobo...we cannot be friends!!). From his work on Phantom Starkiller to all things Electric Black, Schmalke's art constantly finds new ways to hook readers into whatever storyline he is bringing to life. Which is why I was super excited this morning to open my email and see the following tagline "A FAITHLESS WARRIOR AND A NECROMANTIC WITCH TEAM UP TO SOLVE A SERIAL MURDER IN THE EARLY VIKING AGE."
Two words can summarize every emotion which flew through my mind: "hell yeah!"
We Don't Kill Spiders (Black Caravan/Scout Comics)
We Don't Kill Spiders is available now in an ashcan preview format. The description of the tale has so many intriguing elements to it, that I need it in my life ASAP! As summarized in the press release: "IN THE EARLY VIKING AGE, A FAITHLESS NORSEMAN DETECTIVE IS SUMMONED TO A SCANDINAVIAN HAMLET WHERE A SERIES OF MURDERS HAVE OCCURRED. DISCOVERING THE DARK AND BLOODY HISTORY OF THE VILLAGE HE INVESTIGATES THE LOCAL OUTCAST, A NECROMANTIC WITCH WHO BRINGS HIS ATHEISTIC VALUES INTO QUESTION. DETERMINED TO PREVENT FURTHER HOMICIDES THE TWO BAND TOGETHER TO DISCOVER THE IDENTITY OF A SERIAL KILLER. "
A warrior, a necromancer, a crime tale and more! Again, to eloquently summarize my feelings..."hell yeah!"
"WE DON'T KILL SPIDER IS A VERY PERSONAL PROJECT FOR ME AND IT TOOK ABOUT THREE YEARS TO DEVELOP. IT'S BEEN A FEW YEARS SINCE I HAVE WORKED SOLO ON A BOOK AND I WANTED TO DO ALL THE ARTWORK AND WRITING MYSELF. AT IT’S ROOT “WE DON’T KILL SPIDERS” IS A TRUE CRIME STORY WITH SUPERNATURAL ELEMENTS. THIS TOUCHES ON MY LOVE OF THE NOIRE CRIME DRAMAS, SERIAL KILLER DOCUMENTARIES, NECROMANCERS, AND BATTLE AXES TO THE SKULL."
This also feels like Black Caravan is the perfect home for this project (If you haven't read any Black Caravan, what the hell is wrong with you!). Each Black Caravan title is unique, with its own blend of horror and the occult, and I'm excited to see what sort of new layer this adds to the imprint!
Check out the ashcan, and definitely use my Burrito Bois' discount by using code BURRITO at checkout (maybe one day Scout will love me enough for a code of my own!).
The journey of a 30-something father of three who's trying to break into the world of reviewing comics after a loooooong hiatus...
Rimmey is a high school history/government teacher & speech and debate coach in Kansas. He has slowly been rediscovering his love for comics since June of 2019.
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