IDW has been banking the promise of future profitability of its money-bleeding company on all of the sweet intellectual properties that they can turn into television shows and movies, which means they'd better start producing more of them instead of all the licensed comics that make up the majority of their publishing slate. With that in mind, IDW has announced Chained to the Grave, a new magical Western comic book mini-series by Brian Level, Andy Eschenbach, and Kate Sherron hitting stores this May.
The comic stars a dead outlaw named Roy Mason who comes back to life but is chained to his own gravestone. Undead hijinx undoubtedly ensue. IDW also officially announced the previously known Canto & the Clockwork Fairies and Bermuda for May publication as well.
Check out the press release for Chained to the Grave below:
Writers Brian Level (Darth Vader, Thanos, Deadpool) and Andy Eschenbach join artist Kate Sherron (Invader Zim, The Amazing World of Gumball) to bring you Chained to the Grave: a five-issue tale of intrigue, murder, magic, and the good ol' Wild, Wild West!
Outlaw Roy Mason has come back from the dead, chained to the headstone that marked his grave. It's a lawless time, a magical time, and the undead Roy soon finds himself caught between a rock and a hard place as he sets out in search of treasure. But Roy, trying to do right by the wife and children he left behind, soon finds out that everything is not always as it seems…
"Chained to the Grave is a supernatural Western romp on the surface, packed with odd characters and wild trope-bending action," says Eschenbach. "Dig in a little, though, and you'll see that it's a story about very bad decisions, and the blast radius they leave behind… even after death."
"What started as a series of scattered ideas between Andy and I quickly became the unusual dust devil that kicked us off. It took Kate's uniquely beautiful visuals and Micah's smoothly seamless letters to wrangle those ideas into the shape that we now call Chained to the Grave," says Level. "Chained to the Grave is the Western you're used to being wrung out until it bleeds a whole new color."
Sherron says, "I can't thank Andy Eschenbach and Brian Level enough for creating a story that is not only fun to read, but wildly fun to draw. The guys gave me a familiar place to start, turned it on its ear, and then handed me the reins — with a unique Western like Chained, there's so much room to play and I'm having a blast finding engaging characterizations, kinetic line-work, and expressive palettes to tell the tale. I hope everyone gets as much a kick out of this story as I do!"
Chained to the Grave #1 will be available with Cover A by Kate Sherron, plus a Retailer Incentive variant edition by Brian Level.