Dark Horse Comics has announced a new original graphic novel by artist Benjamin Shipper, hitting stores in September and described as a cross between Mike Mignola, A Fistful of Dollars, and Johnny Cash's Ghost Riders in the Sky. Though listed as a "debut writer and artist" in the press release, it's a technicality. as this isn't Schipper's first comic. He wrote and drew an issue of Archaia's Jim Henson's Storyteller, and has a deal to publish middle-grade graphic novels with First Second. Joe Death has been published on Schipper's Patreon. The cover for Joe Death and the Graven Image advertises a $17.99 price for the 152-page book, though the press release says $19.99. We suppose those details will be worked out before publication. Check out the press release below, and expect this in stores on September 30th.
MILWAUKIE, Ore., (February 11, 2020)—Somewhere between Mike Mignola, A Fistful of Dollars, and Johnny Cash's Ghost Riders in the Sky, rides the gray man, consequential king, Joseph Bones, Shadow of Death! A lone gun story silhouetted against the surreal desert valley where ghost and ghoul, witch and prophet, mystery and dream, ebb in and out. Joe Death and the Graven Image wanders the tombstoned road, poking at the fabric of life, loss, retribution, redemption, and the keys to paradise.
The cleanup of the massacred town isn't Joe's first rodeo, but the one life taken by the bandit Scary Harry is. Can he and his friends outsmart Harry's hellraisers and win back the babe? Life from death? The ultimate magic trick, restoring Joe to the straight and the narrow?
Debut author and artist Benjamin Schipper dives deep into the reaper's tale, employing a beautiful and quirky style that gives this macabre odyssey all the heart, humor, and tension essential to a modern masterpiece.
Joe Death and the Graven Image goes on sale, September 30, 2020. This 152-page paperback graphic novel will retail at $19.99, and is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop.