Bone Orchard: Mythos To Be A Shared Horror Comics Universe

For Hallowe'en, Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino announced a new horror comic book series for 2022, called The Bone Orchard: Mythos to be published by Image Comics next year, part of the publisher's 30th-anniversary promotions. And now Image Comics has announced it as a shared continuity horror universe from the pair, including three projects. This is closer to the original plan for comic creator imprints at the publisher, that will also see an imprint from Chris Ryall and Ashley Wood. And it will begin with an original hardcover graphic novel, The Passageway by Lemire and Sorrentino out in June, a mini-series Ten Thousand Black Feathers in the autumn, and then another original graphic novel hardcover Tenement in 2023.

Bone Orchard: Mythos To Be A Shared Horror Comics Universe

The Bone Orchard Mythos is an ambitious expansion for the powerhouse creative team and will span multiple books and across a variety of different storytelling formats. Each title will tell its own unique, self-contained tale—some as stand-alone hardcover graphic novels, some as miniseries comics, and some as longer format maxiseries comics—but they will all be set within the same world and add to the overall Bone Orchard mythology.

Bone Orchard: Mythos To Be A Shared Horror Comics Universe

The team plans to release at least two new titles each year, for the next several years. In Summer 2022 the horrors begin with a hardcover graphic novel titled, The Passageway which follows a geologist sent to a remote lighthouse to investigate a strange phenomenon. In Fall 2022 Lemire and Sorrentino will follow up with a miniseries titled, Ten Thousand Black Feathers, and then another original graphic novel hardcover in 2023 titled Tenement.

Bone Orchard: Mythos To Be A Shared Horror Comics Universe

"These will be just the first few projects in The Bone Orchard Mythos," said Lemire. "But that's just the start. We are planning a vast mythology of horror stories that will last for years to come."

Bone Orchard: Mythos To Be A Shared Horror Comics Universe

Sorrentino confirmed that he's already several pages into The Passageway and that both Ten Thousand Black Feathers and Tenement have already been already plotted. "Jeff and I have been planning and plotting The Bone Orchard Mythos for over a year now and I think it will result in something huge for the years to come. Each one of these books is imbued with such a moody and a chilling atmosphere that is just so good to work with. Seriously, when we started discussing the project, I felt like I was finally home. These are the kind of stories I want to read as a graphic novel and comics fan, and the kind of things I want to draw as an artist. Every series and graphic novel of The Bone Orchard Mythos will help develop and show this vast hierarchy of horrors we've created while, at the same time, serve as a complete, stand alone story. I'm utterly excited that this news is now out in the world. I promise you we'll all have a lot of fun with this."

Bone Orchard: Mythos To Be A Shared Horror Comics Universe

As well as working in DC and Marvel Comics universes, Jeff Lemire has also created the Black Hammer shared superhero continuity at Dark Horse, which has seen the likes of Geoff Johns and Scott Snyder play in it. Might they come to Bone Orchard Mythos as well? Geoff Johns has his own Image Comics imprint coming as well.

Bone Orchard: Mythos To Be A Shared Horror Comics Universe

The Passageway original graphic novel will be available on the 15th of June in comic shops and from the 21st of June in bookstores.

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