Hey kiddies! Now this is a thriller in more ways that one! What do you get if you combine the writer of Cancertown and Slaughterman's Creed with the artist behind Tw1sted Vision and Innocent Soul? The correct answer is White Knuckle a psycho-thriller that just got signed to Markosia. (I would also have accepted the answer: 'terribly overexcited')
SPBM has been blessed with an exclusive sneak peek at the work in progress and we're going to share a little with you, you lucky lucky dogs! Lets start you off nice an easy, here's the tag-line:
Unforgiven meets Harry Brown - and strangles him.
Do you feel that? That, my friends, is the feeling of a malevolent grin spreading across your face! But wait, we have more to share. Slide your eyeballs over this:
Forty years ago, Seth Rigal was a man to be feared – a serial strangler with a string of victims. Now nearly seventy and tormented by a lifetime of monstrous violence, Rigal lives on the verge of poverty and quietly waits for the death he knows he deserves.
Tortured and confused, still tormented by the drives that made him a killer in his youth, Rigal finds himself almost unconsciously stalking the daughter of his final victim – only to have his precious anonymity snatched from him when he accidentally saves her son’s life.
Seth Rigal, formerly known as the Gripper, just became a local celebrity. The bodies won’t stay buried any longer.
Doesn't that sound brilliant? I think we're into a real winner here, kids. If you heard our review of Slaughterman's Creed you might remember that we said how brilliantly Cy Dethan kept us on the hook with superb plot twists, well he just did it again - in the space of three short paragraphs for cryin' out loud!
White Knuckle is a complex and intense psychological thriller, distorting the ever-popular “retired gunslinger” motif into a rain-slick urban fantasy of murderous men and the needs that drive them.
Ooooooh....! So far so awesome, but comics are a visual medium and poor art can choke great writing stone dead. No fear here cos the artist on White Knuckle is Valia Kapadai and she's proven she can do dark and scary with her short story collection Tw1sted Vision and horror webcomic Innocent Soul, but if you still need convincing here's a sneak peek at two pages in progress.
Those pretty much speak for themselves, I think, but this is what Dethan has to say:
"I'm really excited to be able to work with Valia, whose art and enthusiasm I've admired for a long time. If I had a handful of artists with half her ability, I could probably end the world."
As you can see those are unlettered pages, but as Nic Wilkinson is on lettering duties you can rest assured they're in very capable hands.
So yeah, I know what you're thinking... you want it in your sweaty mitts right now don't you? Well we're all going to have to wait because they're hoping to have it ready to launch at the 2012 Bristol Comics Expo.
Right, that's all we have to show you today, but when we know more, you'll know more. We're going to give the final word to Valia who sums up our feeling succinctly:
"OOOOOH MY.... OOOOOH MY.... so frigging excited about White Knuckle!!"
Yup. That covers it.