Borrowing a move from Beyoncé, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman just surprised the comics community with the release of a brand new ongoing comic book series that will go on sale tomorrow called DIE!DIE!DIE!. Published by Image Comics imprint Skybound, the series is drawn by Batman Incorporated artist Chris Burnham, colored by Nathan Fairbairn, and co-written by Kirkman and Scott Gimple, overseer of The Walking Dead television shows.
Kirkman, Gimple and Burnham will be answering fan questions about their new series live on IGN tomorrow. Check out the livestream on the IGN homepage (Wednesday at 10:00 – 10:30 am PST) to hear the creators talk about the series and answer some fan questions.
Typically a comic book is announced months ahead of time to generate buzz in hopes that comic retailers will order copies of it to sell in their stores, so it’s practically unheard of for a creator to forego that process like this. Kirkman explains his reason for all the secrecy, saying, “The internet has drained all surprise and anticipation from comics. Everyone hears about exciting new projects and then has to wait months or years for it to be in their hands… and half the time at the end of that buildup, the stories get spoiled in some lame attempt at getting wider media attention.” The ending to the Batman/Catwoman wedding story in last week’s Batman #50 was spoiled in the headline of a New York Times article days before release, so Kirkman’s point was proven in a way he could never have planned for just a week before the surprise release of DIE!DIE!DIE!.
Described as a “blood-soaked, no holds barred, action-packed, irreverent story,” the plot of DIE!DIE!DIE! concerns a secret cabal within the US Government that uses a series of targeted assassinations to covertly stop evildoers.
This is Gimple’s first foray into the world of comics after writing, showrunning and producing The Walking Dead TV show.
For a peek inside DIE!DIE!DIE! #1, flip through the slideshow below.
Warning: this is a comic for mature readers that contains images of extreme violence.