David F. Walker will continue his work on Ernest Tidyman's iconic private detective John Shaft in both a new prose novel and a comic series from Dynamite Entertainment. Both books are scheduled to be released in February 2016. Shaft's Revenge is the first Shaft prose novel in 40 years. Shaft: Imitation of Life will pick up after Walker's first mini-series Shaft: A Complicated Man.
After a high-profile case puts him in the headlines, private detective John Shaft searches for something low-profile to keep him out of the spotlight and out of danger… and takes a missing person case that proves to be more difficult than he thought. At the same time, he is hired to be a consultant on a low budget film that may or may not be based on his life, and proves to be as dangerous as any job he's ever had. But when there's danger about, John Shaft won't cop out – even if it means squaring off against sadistic gangsters that want him dead.
Walker is an award-winning journalist, filmmaker, and author of the Young Adult series The Adventures of Darius Logan. His work in comics also includes Cyborg (DC Comics), Number 13 (Dark Horse Comics), and The Army of Dr. Moreau (IDW/Monkeybrain Comics). Joining Walker on the series will be Dietrich Smith (Army of Darkness, Vamirella).
The premise of Shaft's Revenge:
When the Godfather of crime in Harlem reaches out to Shaft for a favor, the hardboiled detective finds himself caught in a web of violence and murder. No one is safe as the bullets start to fly and the bodies start to drop, leaving Shaft with only two options: kill or be killed. It's a two-fisted tale of retribution as Shaft cuts a bloody path through city, settling old scores and faces the demons of his past.
Dynamite advance-solicited the Shaft's Revenge prose novel in Diamond Comic Distributors' October Previews catalog while Shaft: Imitation of Life #1 will be solicited in the upcoming December catalog. Both the prose novel and #1 comic book issue correspond to release dates in February 2016.