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FIRST LOOK: Nightmares and Reality Blur In IDW’s The Eighth Seal

September 3rd, 2015 by Marc Comments


The horror/political thriller series, The Eighth Seal is a fantastically unique and well-executed series that IDW Publishing is proud to bring to print this December.

James Tynion IV, writer of TMNT/Batman, also available in December, scribes a story about a woman whose visceral nightmares about transforming into a demonic monster start to bleed into reality. But this woman isn’t just any woman; she is the First Lady of the United States, and this is all happening under an intense political spotlight. As she struggles with the loss of her civilian lifestyle, she is also seemingly losing grasp on her mind…or do these visions hold some darker truth?

“This story is like the TV show ‘The West Wing,’ with a little of the horror classic ‘Rosemary’s Baby,’ and some ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ all rolled in to one. It’s got political intrigue, shadowy figures, and of course a terrifying demon to scare you in all different ways,” said Comic Spectrum.

“The Eighth Seal is the purest work of horror I’ve tackled in my career, and I’m thrilled to see it come to life again in print,” said series writer, Tynion IV. “There’s nothing more frightening than the distinct feeling that you’re going insane, that something in you has twisted and is pulling you towards your darkest instincts… It’s the fear that something inside of you can destroy everything you love. And when you’re the First Lady of the United States, the stakes are only that much higher.”

The series originally released by Mark Waid’s digital comics website features beautifully wicked art by Jeremy Rock and covers by a slew of talented artists, including Ming Doyle and Riley Rossmo and subscription variant covers by Travel Foreman (Animal Man, Birds of Prey).

“I’ve been a huge fan of James and Jeremy’s work on The Eighth Seal since I first saw it, and it makes me very happy to see this series come to IDW,” said series editor, Michael Benedetto. “The atmosphere here is horror at its finest, and I’m sure many will agree after picking up the first issue. The political and psychological elements are blended perfectly and lead to an ending that does not disappoint!”

“Eighth Seal is a unique take on both a political drama with a demonic possession horror story. The writing is solid and art goes above and beyond what we normally see in a horror comic. Try out this comic and you’ll be so freaked out that you’ll just have to come back to find out more.” – Comic Spectrum


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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….

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