Comic Crypt: Fred Van Lente Plunges Into Lovecraftian Mystery With “Weird Detective”!

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I was just saying the other day, “we need more Lovecraft inspired films, TV, comics”, and here is another one to add to the pile. Writer Fred Van Lente and Dark Horse Comics are bringing a Lovecraftian mystery with comic Weird Detective. Look for this new dark comic to launch on June 15th but for now you can get a brief look at what’s ahead.

From The Press Release

Dark Horse Comics is proud to announce the reunion of Harvey-nominated writer Fred Van Lente (Brain Boy, Conan the Avenger, Resurrectionists) and illustrator Guiu Vilanova (Conan the Avenger) on a new creator-owned comics series—Weird Detective!

Cthulhu cops, the Innsmouth Mafia, telepathic cats, and other crimes against sanity stalk the streets of New York in this pulpy stew of crime, horror, and mystery from the writer of Marvel Zombies and X-Men Noir.

The city has been plagued by a pattern of crimes too weird and bizarre for the average detective. Lurking in the evidence are shadows of loathsome horrors from beyond space and time, seeking to usher in the unimaginable evil of the Old Ones. The only man capable of fighting against the unspeakable terrors isn’t a man at all. Detective Sebastian Greene is one of them—it takes a monster to catch a monster.

“I love H. P. Lovecraft, I love cop shows, and their unholy bastard child is Weird Detective,” Van Lente says. “Seeing cosmic horror at the street crime level opens up both genres to incredible new possibilities. Sebastian Greene is just the person to be your guide through this dangerous world, even as his own partner tries to figure out his dark secret.”

The first issue of Weird Detective contains all twenty-four pages of its three-part debut in Dark Horse Presents, plus twenty-two brand-new pages—all for the regular cover price of $3.99.

The genre-bending five-issue miniseries includes colors by Dark Horse newcomer Maurício Wallace. 

Weird Detective launches on June 15. Preorder your copy today at your local comic shop.

Praise for other works by Fred Van Lente:

“A great new series but then again, with Fred Van Lente doing the writing, it really shouldn’t be that much of a surprise. I can’t wait to see what happens next.”—Comic Vine

“Fred Van Lente is an industry veteran and knows how to craft a first issue.”—Comic Book Resources

“This is a solid start for Van Lente’s latest project.”—IGN

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Written by Michael Juvinall

I am a Horror journalist, producer, ravenous Horror fiend, aficionado of the classic Universal Monsters, Hammer Horror, Werewolves, and all things Horror.