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Sunday, January 21, 2024 

Skybound comics publishing a de facto sequel to old horror movie

Skybound Entertainment, owned by Robert Kirkman, creator of the Walking Dead, is producing a comics-based sequel of sorts to Creature from the Black Lagoon, according to the Hollywood Reporter:
Skybound Entertainment, the Robert Kirkman-led company behind The Walking Dead and Invincible comics and its screen adaptations, is bringing the Creature, one of screenland’s most memorable monsters, to the four-walled world of comics.

Dan Watters (Lucifer) and Ram V (The Many Deaths of Laila Starr, Detective Comics) are writing Universal Monsters: Creature From The Black Lagoon Lives! The pair are known for their acclaimed works in the indie world and for DC. [...]

It’s the second title from the Universal partnership and follows the well-received limited series Dracula, by James Tynion IV and Martin Simmonds. The comics line is intended to pair bold-faced comic industry names with the studio’s stable of iconic horror creatures.

The story is not an adaptation of the 1954 black and white classic (Arthur Adams did that in 1993 for Dark Horse Comics) but is a modern day-set tale of suspense, intrigue, and terror that connects to the original movie. The limited series introduces new characters such as journalist Kate Marsden and serial killer Darwin Collier while also bringing back Dr. Edwin Thompson, the scientist whose face got mangled by the Gill-man and was later covered in bandages.

Per Skybound, the story sees journalist Marsden hunt a notorious serial killer in the heart of the Amazon. Hot on the trail of this madman, she soon encounters an unexpected new threat – the Creature from the Black Lagoon – and must determine if he is friend or foe.
Gee, what's so new about this plot? Nothing novel here if all they can emphasize is serial killer mania. Interesting that Tynion, the same pseudo-writer who perpetuated the abuse of Golden Age Green Lantern Alan Scott with LGBT themes, was involved in one of this publisher's projects. I know he penned a GN titled Something is Killing the Children, and if that's the kind of resume he's been crafting to boot, it's equally galling.

Of course this isn't all the medium's about. But it sure is revolting how all these horror-thriller titles are the ones getting all the attention in the mainstream press. Without a doubt, it's also causing much damage when that's what they emphasize.

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