Dynamite Entertainment has announced they are publishing a new Death Defying ‘Devil comic book, written by Gail Simone, drawn by Walter Geovanni, colored by Adriano Augusto, lettered by Simon Bowland and edited by Kevin Ketner. Inspired by Rod Serling, Bronze Age horror/mystery anthologies, and modern street-level heroics, the new series launching in August.
The ‘Devil finds himself beaten and bloodied in the backyard of a ramshackle apartment building. The diverse cast of tenants take him in and across each issue they are explored in-depth. Each has their own unique problems, while a strange force also menaces the building as a whole. The ‘Devil makes it his mission to solve all of these puzzles, even when he learns that one of his new neighbors is a traitor.
“I have been fascinated by the Death Defying ‘Devil since I first saw him on the cover of Jim Steranko’s History of Comics. I had no idea who he was, but something about him looked menacing and compelling,” says Simone. “Later, I got to read more of the stories and they feel like a precursor to the modern street-level heroes we have today. The guy throws razor boomerangs, how cool is that? And I love working with Walter, he’s one of my most trusted artists. He can draw anything, but superheroes are his favorite and he’s never gotten to draw them!”
With fantasy sword-and-sorcery Walter Geovani, finding a new groove. “This is my very first superhero comic! Working with Gail is always a pleasure and an honor to me. The story is fantastic and she created interesting characters that I’m loving drawing.”
“The Death Defying ‘Devil is the only person who has ever made that metal-spiked belt really work. Usually, it’s just someone at a punk show in in a suburban basement, scratching the hell out of their bass,” said editor Kevin Ketner. “So I am really looking forward to getting a lot deeper into this character and defying a little death with Gail and Walter.”
Cover artists for the debut issue include Riccardo Federici, Tyler Kirkham, Ben Oliver, Lucio Parillo and In-Hyuk Lee with a special incentive “Carve Out” cover features Alex Ross’s version from Project Superpowers.