Charlie Adlard time! As they’ve finished in previous years, Growth Studios has used ComicsPRO’s Annual Convention to announce, or extra precisely tease, new creators engaged on new initiatives on the writer. This 12 months, the bulletins got here within the type of a sizzle reel that President of Publishing & Advertising, Filip Sablik, shared with retailers moments in the past. One of many creator names proven was an surprising one – Charlie Adlard. Adlard, after all, is Robert Kirkman‘s artistic companion for almost all of the most important comedian e-book hit of the noughties, The Strolling Useless. Adlard penciled 187 problems with the sequence which spun off into a number of TV reveals, video video games, board video games, and fashioned the cornerstone of Kirkman’s Skybound.
And whereas Adlard has labored the bande-dessinée Vampire State Constructing for French writer Soleil (and subsequently launched within the States by Ablaze) with writers Ange and Patrick Renault and developed a historic fiction challenge referred to as Heretic with author Robbie Morrison, he is been absent from any new initiatives from American publishers in over two years regardless of gives from Marvel and DC. Due to The Strolling Useless Deluxe, the colored re-release of the complete sequence on a weekly foundation, he is nonetheless had an everyday presence out there.
Primarily based on the video we noticed, the creators named are every engaged on a sequence for Growth in 2022, which begs the query – what is the identify of Charlie Adlard’s first new sequence after The Strolling Useless? And who’s the author? It may very well be different fellow Brits proven within the video like Kieron Gillen or Al Ewing, however our cash is on Step By Bloody Step author Si Spurrier. Spurrier’s identify flashes on the display screen simply forward of Adlard’s and he hasn’t had a brand new challenge at Growth since 2019’s Alienated with Chris Wildgoose.
Adlard is not the one new Picture creator proven off in Growth’s sizzle reel. Darcy Van Poelgeest, who wrote Picture’s breakout hit of 2019, Little Fowl, additionally seems within the record of names. Like Adlard, assuming Growth is teasing a brand new creator-owned sequence, this is able to be Van Poelgeest’s first since Little Fowl received the Eisner Award for Finest Restricted Collection. A sequel to Little Fowl, Treasured Metallic with artist Ian Bertram, was introduced by Picture for 2021 in 2020 however has but to be launched.
Will Growth have further Picture creators to announce later this 12 months? Solely time will inform, however we plan to be the primary to let you realize if and when it occurs. Within the meantime, keep tuned for extra information popping out of ComicsPRO because it breaks.