In some circles, author Joe Hill is known for his horror novels NOS4A2, The Fireman, Heart-Shaped Boxand others, but he is also known for creating the fantastic horror-comic series together Locke & Key for IDW. Hell quickly go back to the medium with a "pop-up line" for DC Comics.
The announcement comes just a few days after DC announced it was changing its comic lines to age groups, effectively squeezing well-known comic brands such as Vertigo. Although the adult-focused comics seem to live under the company's DC Black Label line, the company is open to deviating from that structure for specific video makers in such cases.
Hill will oversee Hill House Comics, which will publish five mini series, two of which he will write: Basket full of heads (written by Hill and illustrated by Leomacs), The dollhouse family, (written by Mike Carey and illustrated by Peter Gross), The low, low forest, (written by Carmen Maria Machado and illustrated by Dani), Daphne Byrne (written by Laura Marks and illustrated by Kelley Jones), and Dive (written by Hill with an illustrator to be announced later). Hill will also add a regular function called Sea dogs, which will be included in every book. The first episode of Basket full of heads will be released on October 31, along with the others.
For fans of Hill & # 39; s work, this is excellent news, especially when you consider that he has run out of comics for a while. His best known story (made with artist Gabriel Rodríguez), Locke & Key, ran from 2008 to 2013. It followed the Locke family when they moved to the ancestral home of their family in Lovecraft, Maine, after a tragedy. There the children of the family discover that the house sits on top of a portal to another dimension, with keys scattered throughout the house giving their users special powers. The story is an excellent example of what can be done with the medium. Hill and Rodríguez experiment with comic genres and art styles in the course of the series.
The new comic from Hill feels like it's going to do similar things. EW says that Basket full of heads will follow a young woman and her friend who discover that the country house they are looking at is full of Viking artifacts. When they experience a burglary, she discovers that an ax has certain powers. Hill also notes that his other comic, to dive, his "opportunity to reef on one of the greatest horror movies of all time, John Carpenter & # 39; s The thing, "What is about a research ship in the North Pole that reappears after disappearing 40 years ago.
The comics will not be the only thing that we see from fall this fall: he has mentioned a collection of short stories Pedal to the metal is also coming out in October. Presumably there is some interest in changes later in line for this imprint: AMC has just released an adaptation of the Joe Hill novel NOS4A2and Netflix is currently filming an adaptation of Locke & Key.