Nightworld: Rocky Horror Super-hero?

Adding to the incredible August roster Image Comics has lined up for fans is Nightworld created by Adam McGovern and Paolo Leandri (The Next Issue ProjectProject: Romantic). It hits shelves on August 6.

The 4-issue series sets a pulpy tone with its gothic-action setting: demon secret agents, an evil “empyress,” and the search for a mysterious soul key all feature in this homage to grind-house excitement. You can read the full Image release below which includes a surprise endorsement from Pulitzer prize winner Junot Diaz (didn’t see that coming). This, along with the upcoming Bitch Planet and ongoing Five Ghosts, means Image is shaping  into the publisher you need for that A-list comic with the retro B-list-movie vibe.

[FROM THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE]

“A wonderful kinetic paean to the comics of your youth—funny and razor smart with Kirby lines like you wouldn’t believe. McGovern and Leandri kill it.”
—Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Cult-hit creators Adam McGovern and Paolo Leandri (The Next Issue ProjectProject: Romantic) team up for an all-new series that brings humor, horror, tragic romance, and blockbuster monster fights together in Nightworld, coming this August from Image Comics.

Sad demon Plenilunio rules a haunted castle with his sleepwalking lover Lidia, and unwisely bargains with the evil Empyre to wake her. He’s in a race for the mystic Soul Key with teen-from-Hades Hotspot and the ruthless Hellena—agents of the Empyre with secret agendas. A four-part thrill ride to hell starts here.

“We couldn’t be happier that our pop-art horror-show saga is at home with Image,” said McGovern. “It’s grindhouse humor and blockbuster visuals like you always wanted comics to be!”

In describing the feel of the art in Nightworld, Leandri said, “we tried to mix (in real authentic brushstrokes) a cocktail of gothic-horror mood, adrenalized action and personal drama, then garnish with a bit of humor; hope it tastes good!”