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Miskatonic Monday - Ed Brubaker and Sean Philips' new comic "Fatale" promises Mythos Noir

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On Miskatonic Mondays, we celebrate the "weird" fiction of HP Lovecraft and the genre of otherworldly horror that it spawned. This news just hit during the "Creator-Owned Comics with Robert Kirkman" panel hosted over the weekend at the New York Comic Con. Ed Brubaker and Sean Philips, writer/creators of the award winning Criminal noir comic series will be coming back in early 2012 with a new year-long series named Fatale that promises Mythos horror with a noir twist.

"I've been wanting for a while to do something with a more supernatural element to it," Brubaker told CBR News. "So 'Fatale' mixes what we do and all the ways we've poked fun at the noir genre. If 'Incognito' was us doing 'What if Doc Savage, Dashiell Hammet and Raymond Chandler had all existed in the same universe?' then this is a weird combo of James M. Cain and Lovecraft. It's got a real horror element to it -- the first time I've really tried to do anything with horror -- but it's also got this really epic story to it."

"I was partly influenced by how much I loved reading Joe Hill's novels. I'd never been a real horror reader except reading Lovecraft in high school. I'm not a guy who watches slasher movies or anything, but I love Hellboy and Guillermo del Toro movies. I wanted to find a way to do a horror thing that still feels like everything Sean and I do. I also wanted to do something really ambitious. It's a 12-issue story at this point, and it might get bigger. It's told in chapters with different narrators and jumps around in time a lot. It starts in modern times and then goes back to the '30s, the '50s and the '70s depending on who's telling the story. It's got monsters in it and it's got this weird death cult, and -- well, it's super fucked up."

Here's the video trailer for Fatale shown at NYCC Brubaker is best known for his series Criminal and Incognito, as well as his gritty police drama Gotham Central, the one shot Gotham Noir, and his work on Captain America. After cutting his teeth on Vertigo's Hellblazer, Phillips has worked closely with Brubaker to bring his crime stories to life on the page.

Special thanks to CBR News for the artwork and for breaking the story.

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