Dexter Morgan, television’s most charming serial killer and blood spatter analyst, is making his mainstream comic book debut at Marvel. Originally announced in October of 2011 and planned to release this last month, Marvel has announced via USA Today that the five-issue Dexter mini-series now has a firm release date of February 2013.
The comic book adaptation will be written by Jeff Lindsay, author of “Darkly Dreaming Dexter” and subsequent Dexter novels upon which the popular television series is based. Lindsay will be exploring Dexter Morgan’s introduction to Miami’s latest serial killer, the “Skid Row Slasher”, as well as his high school reunion. Interestingly, the television series has already portrayed Dexter’s high school reunion in one of the later seasons, so if the comic will draw inspiration from that or bring a completely new perspective to it is as-of-yet unknown.
Though some may be wary of an author whose career has primarily been focused on writing novels, not comics, Lindsay assures readers in the USA Today article, “[Marvel Comics] has been a very important part of my life, and has always been a wellspring of creative and relevant ideas. I feel like I’m coming home. It is a huge thrill for me to bring Dexter into this very special pantheon.” Although it should go without saying that, arguably, no one knows the character better than the man who created him, the question on everyone’s mind will undoubtedly be how well Lindsay’s penchant for penning lengthy crime-novels will translate to a much more visual story telling medium.
Dexter will be drawn by Dalibor Talajic, illustrator of Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe. Though that series was near-universally panned by critics, little of that negativity was inspired by Talajic’s art, and it will be interesting to see his take on the character given the thematic similarities of the two books.
A keen eye will note that the character featured on the cover of issue one (presumably Dexter Morgan) does not resemble Dexter actor Michael C. Hall. It’s unknown if this was simply an artistic decision or if Hall didn’t wish for his likeness to be used in the comic book, although his likeness has been used similarly on Showtime’s online webisodes in the past.
In regards to the graphic nature of the title, Marvel senior V.P./Associate Publisher and Dexter editor Ruwan Jayatilleke says, “It’s not rated with ‘Parental Advisory’ for nothing. It will be gruesomely appalling and delightful at the same time.”
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