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This week, Mike Mignola and Warwick Johnson-Caldwell return to the quirky supernatural universe they previously visited in Mr. Higgins Comes Home and Our Encounters with Evil, and it's a monster hunter reunion that might not go exactly as planned. Today, SYFY WIRE is pleased to offer a sneak peek of what that reunion will look like with an exclusive preview of Dark Horse Comics' Falconspeare.
Back in 2017, Mignola and Johnson-Caldwell launched Mr. Higgins Comes Home, a tribute to classic vampire cinema that blended Mignola's love of monsters and folklore with Johnson-Caldwell's expressive artistic style. Two years later, they spun characters from that story out into yet another supernatural adventure with Our Encounters with Evil: The Adventures of Professor J.T. Meinhardt and His Assistant Mr. Knox. Now, Meinhardt, Knox, and their associated Ms. Van Sloan are back for yet another supernatural investigation, this time getting to the heart of what happened to the title character: The old comrade and fellow monster hunter James Falconspeare.
"As with Mr. Higgins Comes Home and Our Encounters with Evil, the inspiration for Falconspeare remains my love of classic horror cinema, Universal Monsters and Hammer Horror, or rather my memory of them," Johnson-Caldwell said in a statement to SYFY WIRE. "Mike Mignola’s work will always inspire me too, as it always has."
In the exclusive pages below, you'll get just a taste of the horror cinema-inspired adventure to come, as Meinhardt, Knox, and Van Sloan set out for a meeting with a mysterious associate, only to find a familiar face at the end of it. Like previous installments in the adventures of these characters, it's darkly funny, strange, and ready to launch into a deeper supernatural mystery.
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"Horror and comedy are great to have in a story together," Johnson-Caldwell said of the tone of Falconspeare. "They can balance each other. Not cancel each other out, but keep the narrative and mood moving in many ways. A dark and somber story does not really want a joke in there, but some lightness in tone can serve to make the impending darkness all the darker."
That blend of lightness and impending darkness returns this Wednesday, when Falconspeare arrives in comic book stores everywhere, ahead of a wider bookstore release later this month, on January 25. Like previous installments in the series, Falconspeare is set in a universe entirely separate from other Mignola-inspired supernatural stories, leaving plenty of potential for new, original dark adventures.