Dark Horse Presents has got some interesting stuff going on next spring. We've already heard that Evan Dorkin will be bringing his House of Fun stuff in starting in March, and then in April, Francesco Francavilla's pulp-noir character The Black Beetle is showing up, based on stories the artist has published online himself.
“I’m working on a 24-page story, titled ‘Night Shift’ that will be spread over three issues of Dark Horse Presents," says Francavilla, who has recently been working on Black Panther for Marvel, as well as Captain America and Batman. "I am hugely influenced by pulp stories of the ‘30s and ‘40s, and wanted to develop a series that used that influence as a jumping-off point to explore some modern storytelling with fun twists. I think this will be a great introduction to readers who are new to this character and universe, but will also be an exciting new adventure for those who’ve been reading the online stories over the years.”
“Working on my own characters and stories really gives me free reign to explore this world and create lots of fun scenarios and thrilling situations," he continues. "The stories are definitely full of mystery and intrigue, plus I get to give The Black Beetle lots of cool and funky gadgets. ‘Night Shift’ promises to be full of action, excitement, danger, and double-crosses, so I am overjoyed to see this new tale in print, and hope this is the first of many more to come in Dark Horse Presents.”
Francavilla's Black Beetle is not to be confused with the Black Beetle character who showed up in the pages of Booster Gold a few years ago. This one is a noir-era character in the fictional town of Colt City. Here's some preview art to check out.