David Lapham is one of the most versatile creators in comics. He’s won an Eisner Award for his creator-owned series Stray Bullets and received critical acclaim for his work on Detective Comics. He started as a penciler for Valiant comics in 1990 and twenty years later he took over Crossed from Garth Ennis without missing a beat. Since 2011 he has written for Avatar (Crossed, Psychopath, Caligula, Ferals, Dan The Unharmable), Radical (Damaged), Dark Horse (Kull, Creepy, Robert E Howard’s Savage Sword, Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s The Strain), Vertigo (The Unexpected, House of Mystery) and Marvel (Age of Apocalypse, Deadpool MAX).
Outside of comic books, writers tend to stay in their genre. Sure Stephen King steps out occasionally for the Dark Tower or the Colorado Kid, but overall he puts out horror. Dan Brown does conspiracy thrillers, John Grisham does legal thrillers and J K Rowling is going to sit around counting her money. In comics you can jump around a bit more and Lapham has done just that. While doing creator-owned work and mainstream icons Lapham has also built up a reputation for being a master of horror.
One of the most unique horror series to hit stands in the last few years has to be Caligula. Lapham’s writing meshes amazingly well with the art of German Nobile in the first series collection that Jason Frost called:”Bloody Sickening. And I loved it.” Jason runs a blog called Rubicon Reader and has a very good knowledge of the historical figure. He liked the series so much that not only did he blog about it, he went over to Amazon.com and gave it a five star review. So I’m guessing that Jason has already gotten his order in for Caligula Volume 2 Heart Of Rome.
Avatar Press Editor-In-Chief Jim Kuhoric talked about the book: “The Caligula series is a special kind of twisted that goes beyond the vices of mortal men and into the supernatural realm of demonic possession.”
The second series is being collected and is available for pre-order until tomorrow…
CALIGULA VOL 2 HEART OF ROME TPB
Retail Price: $19.99 US
Writer: David Lapham
Cover & Artist: German Nobile
MR, Color, 160 pages
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: They thought the mad emperor, Caligula was destroyed. But his evil lives on, hiding in plain sight. Now good Laurentius must track down the demon to stop the slaughter in the streets and to avenge his wife’s death. But the demon is not alone this time. It seems that others with hellish powers have risen up and are shaping the world of the new ruling class. Even young Nero, his son, has a demonic influence changing the boy and directing him to take up the grievous excesses of his father. The modern master of horror, DAVID LAPHAM (Crossed Vol. 2 & 3, Stray Bullets), joins talented painter GERMAN NOBILE in a descent into the darkest corners of Rome’s history. Collects issues #1 – 6 of the Caligula Heart of Rome series.