Boom! Studios announced today that best-selling horror writer Clive Barker will write his first-ever original comic book series, titled Clive Barker's Next Testament, for the publisher. Art will be supplied by Haemi Jang of Hellraiser: The Road Below with covers by Goni Montes. The series, which will run 12 issues, is being touted as "a bold new exploration of religious themes as only Barker can deliver." "Next Testament is a project that is near and dear to our hearts. It's a story that has been years in the making and we're thrilled that it's found a home with Boom! Studios," said Mark Miller, who will co-write the series with Barker. "We promise you something the likes of which you've never seen. Prepare yourselves for a horrific fantasy of Biblical proportions." The series will kick off on May 29. Here's the pitch:
Julian Demond, captain of industry, has left behind everything to begin a walkabout -- he believes he's on a mission from God. While in the wasteland, he comes across a figure unlike any other, who calls himself Wick...and claims to be God. Their journey will span the globe, as neither man merely wants to make a mark on the world, but a scar. Created by Clive Barker as original comic book concept and co-written by Barker with HELLRAISER writing partner Mark Miller, CLIVE BARKER'S NEXT TESTAMENT marks the first time the master of horror has created and written an original comic book series.
Barker has previously worked with Witch Doctor writer Brandon Seifert on Hellraiser licensed comics at Boom! Studios.