If there’s one thing I love from my horror, it’s cursed antiquities. Oh boy do I love ’em! Objects that should not ever see the light of day again, full of ancient evil and bad energy. It’s the best. And who better to help save the world from such antiques than a bookish history buff? It’s the perfect nerd Venn Diagram. That’s what you get from the upcoming original graphic novel The Dark Room. Writer Gerry Duggan (X-Men, Deadpool) teams with acclaimed illustrator Scott Buoncristiano (Angel, Angel + Spike) and lauded colorist Tamra Bonvillain (Once & Future, Wonder Woman) for a book that will combine action, adventure, horror, and humor. Take a look!
That trailer sure creates a mood, doesn’t it?
The official synopsis is as follows:
Dounia Mahoney is no ordinary broker of antiquities, she sees the world’s many blessings and curses and tries to keep cursed items out of the wrong hands. She and her friends set out to hunt for a camera containing an undeveloped photo of the face of true evil threatens to wipe out New York City one chilly autumn evening. If you didn’t already want to read it, there’s also a werewolf and the dancing bones of Times Square with a haunted boom box. The comic is pure, uncut fun.
Gerry Duggan is a longtime friend of Nerdist and he told us it was all due to another friend of Nerdist that The Dark Room happened.
Scott and I were introduced by our mutual friend Neil Mahoney, who was a wonderful human and amazingly talented editor here in town. Unfortunately he only got to see some of the pages, but not the finished comic. We’re dedicating it to Neil’s memory.
We’re also thrilled to be joined by Tamra Bonvillain on colors, Joe Sabino on letters, and Elliott Gray on logo and design. Elliott also flexed his after effects muscles for us on that video. He’s moonlighting from his day job as a designer at Bungie.
As if you needed any more reason to give The Dark Room a look when it hits shelves this June, we have a four page preview you can check out below.
The Dark Room original graphic novel (ISBN: 978-1-5343-2118-2, Diamond Code: MAR220085) will be available in hardcover on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 and in bookstores on Tuesday, June 28, 2022. It can be pre-ordered at your local comic book shop or independent bookstore or via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, and Indigo.
The Dark Room will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Google Play.