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The book is a part of the new imprint’s line of super-hero comics geared more towards mature audiences than Archie’s traditionally younger demographic.
In talking with Comic Book Resources, Dark Circle Editor Alex Segura described the book as “not for the squeamish.”
Given Tieri’s resume, which includes runs on Marvel’s Deadpool, DC’s Grifter, and Top Cow’s The Darkness, it’s expected that the series won’t hold back on violence or mature content in general.
[FROM THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE]
Dark Circle Comics is proud to announce the newest title in its genre-defying superhero line-up, THE HANGMAN, by writer Frank Tieri and artist Felix Ruiz.
First revealed on Comic Book Resources, THE HANGMAN, launching later this year, will be a fresh interpretation of a classic superhero character – but not in a way that readers expect.
“THE HANGMAN isn’t a book for the squeamish,” explained Dark Circle Comics Editor Alex Segura to Comic Book Resources. “We want to explore different genres and push the envelope with some of the best talents in comics and beyond. This book will surprise people. It’s not what you expect — which is exactly what Dark Circle is about.”
The launch of THE BLACK HOOD #1 in February set the tone for the Dark Circle Comics imprint as a no-holds-barred, anything goes line of superhero comics. THE HANGMAN “isn’t a book for the squeamish,” said Segura, comparing it to “Quentin Tarantino adapting a Stephen King novel.”
Frank Tieri, having written stories featuring popular comic book characters such as Deadpool and Wolverine, is no stranger to the darker side of superheroes. Tieri will team with Felix Ruiz, known for his frenetic and gritty art on titles including Wolverine: MAX, to tell stories about “the vile disgusting parts of ourselves we don’t like to talk about.” Tieri promises the book will be dark and gritty yet will also about seeking redemption.
For more information on THE HANGMAN, visit Comic Book Resources. To learn more about THE BLACK HOOD, THE FOX, and THE SHIELD, visit the official Dark Circle Comics website and pick up the Dark Circle Comics Free Comic Book Day Special on May 2nd at your local comic book store.