One of the best ongoing genre TV shows is to receive the comic-book treatment, it’s been announced.
Titan Entertainment are to release a comic based on the Showtime television show and will be written by a handful of the show’s Season 3 writers Chris King, Krysty Wilson-Cairns and Andrew Hinderaker with art by Louie De Martinis
“This incredibly exciting new comic series is going to captivate fans of horror, literature and ‘Penny Dreadful’ alike, giving them a whole new insight into the lives of the fascinating, even bewitching, characters,” explained Lizzie Kaye, editor of the upcoming comic.
Created, executive produced and written by Academy Award nominee John Logan, the hit show follows Vanessa Ives (Eva Green), Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett), Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), and Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) as they band together to take down supernatural horrors. All the while, classic literary characters like Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney) and the Creature (Rory Kinnear) cross paths with our intrepid protagonists.
It’s unknown at this stage if the comic will be set in present continuity with the TV series or if it will be a prequel or separate continuity but the fact that it will be written by the show runners themselves bodes well. The comic series is scheduled to launch in spring 2016.
Here’s the official announcement:
ALL-NEW PENNY DREADFUL COMIC
SERIES FROM TITAN
Titan Comics is thrilled to announce it has secured a licensing deal with CBS Consumer Products and SHOWTIME®to publish an all-new comic prequel to the SHOWTIME series PENNY DREADFUL.
The first PENNY DREADFUL comic series is due to hit stores Spring 2016 and will be written by PENNY DREADFUL scriptwriters Chris King, Krysty Wilson-Cairns and Andrew Hinderaker with art from Louie De Martinis (Madness, Heavy Metal).
“This incredibly exciting new comic series is going to captivate fans of horror, literature and PENNY DREADFUL alike, giving them a whole new insight into the lives of the fascinating, even bewitching, characters,” said Lizzie Kaye, the Titan Comics editor.
The BAFTA Award-winning drama series PENNY DREADFUL stars Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton and Eva Green. The second season of PENNY DREADFUL found Vanessa Ives (Green) and Ethan Chandler (Hartnett) forming a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm (Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), and Sembene (Danny Sapani), united to banish the evil forces that threatened to destroy them. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney) and the Creature (Rory Kinnear) waged battles of their own. PENNY DREADFUL is created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar® nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator) and executive produced by Logan’s Desert Wolf Productions, and Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Pippa Harris’ (Revolutionary Road, Call The Midwife) Neal Street Productions. A co-production with Sky Atlantic, season three is currently in production on location in Dublin, Ireland for a nine episode order to debut on SHOWTIME in 2016.