Mike Wolfer has made his mark in horror comics, having worked on titles like Night of the Living Dead, Friday the 13th, Lady Death and Crossed: Badlands. But his first dive into the genre took place in 1992 when he created the character Widow. Now Wolfer is returning to that character with her first miniseries in 19 years, Widow: Progeny.
Widow tells the tale of Emma, the unfortunate recipient of genetic modification to infuse her human DNA with that of an arachnid. The unfortunate side-effect is that she gained the instincts and cravings of a spider, along with nightmarish, physical transformations that reveal her true arachnid nature.
Just before moving the character to Avatar Press in 1997, Wolfer self-published the first issue of a new miniseries called Widow: Progeny with artist Karl Moline. But with the move, the miniseries was not complete. The creator has decided that now is the time to do that series.
With ‘Progeny,’ I show how a single encounter with Emma is like the match that starts a wildfire. In fact, Emma does not appear in ‘Progeny,’ but her legacy is the impetus for the story. “Progeny” tells the tale of Katy, a shipwreck survivor on a Caribbean island overrun by half-human, half-spider mutations. When a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescue team crashes on the island, Katy must lead the survivors as they attempt to defend themselves from the terrors that lurk in the island’s dark interior.
Issue #1 of the three-issue miniseries will hit comic shop shelves in July, distributed by Diamond Comic Distributors. Art for issues #2 and #3 is being supplied by Roy Allan Martinez. Rounding out the creative team is Natalie Jane, who provides lettering and production assistance, and Ceci de la Cruz, whose digital color work graces every Widow: Progeny cover.
Funding for the series will be secured through a 30-day Kickstarter campaign, with a funding goal of $6000. Backer rewards will include graphic novels, trading cards, Oracle cards, t-shirts, art prints, autographed comic collections, Widow action figures, and original art commissions.
Update – the original link turned out not to be valid because of the KS having been cancelled and reposted. I’ve changed the link (this one is good too). Mike Wolfer explains what happened to the original link in the comment section below.