Dynamite Entertainment has just added Duane Swiercyznski to its Crime Line that already boasts the inclusion of Garth Ennis (Red Team with Craig Cermak) and Andy Diggle (Uncanny with Aaron Campbell). The announcement coincides with the writer's appearance at SDCC as a Special Guest of the show this week.
I've been a crime novelist for almost a decade now and love crime comics more than any other genre. Finally, thanks to the folks at Dynamite, two of my great loves are colliding in Ex-Con.
As the name implies, we're going to be following a jailbird freshly sprung from San Quentin after five brutal years. This is a high-level con artist who thought he could out-think the cops, his marks, his competitors — pretty much everybody — and five years later, he's still reeling. To stay alive inside, he had to promise a favor to a convict who's pretty much a living nightmare in a cage, and now that our man is out, he dreads having to pay up.
Swierczynski also hinted at a twist in the storytelling,
There's also a psychological angle to Ex-Con that I don't want to spoil quite yet, but it's something to do with neurology, and you're going to see it on the very first page of the conflict. I love crime stories with unreliable narrators… but our guy is unreliable in a completely different way. I'm hoping readers of my crime novels (like Fun & Games and The Wheelman) will feel right at home with Ex-Con. Likewise, I hope comic fans who have followed me through series like Punisher, Judge Dredd, and X will give this a shot, too.
"I can't express how happy I am to finally announce our first project with Duane. I first started speaking with Duane many years ago as he was beginning his second career in comics, adding to his prose work. But we weren't the only publisher pursuing him. In speaking with him, it seemed obvious that his best road to start would be the exclusivity that Marvel was offering. We stayed in touch, and when his exclusive was over he was free to work with us on new projects, the Crime Line seemed to be perfect for him. Definitely worth the wait, as I feel that Duane Swierczynski is one of the smartest writers in comics today, with a huge library of mainstream powerhouses to his name. He's also an accomplished author of crime novels, and I can think of no one better suited for delivering gripping and brutal crime drama. Keep an eye out for Ex-Con, it will be like no other title on the stands!"
Renowned artist Tim Bradstreet (Punisher, The Shadow) will provide cover artwork for the Ex-Con series.
Duane Swierczynski currently writes Judge Dredd for IDW, X for Dark Horse, and recently completed a run on DC Comics' Birds of Prey. Duane is the author of author the Edgar-nominated and Anthony Award-winning novel Expiration Date, as well the Shamus Award-winning Charlie Hardie series (Fun & Games, Hell & Gone), and is currently being developed by Sony Pictures Television.
[Rich adds – another tick for the checklist!]