The Eisner Award-winning Francesco Francavilla is one of the busiest artists in comics, providing stunning covers for what sometimes seems like every series on the stands, while still finding time for projects like illustrating the back-up stories in DC’s All-Star Batman and writing and drawing The Spirit: The Corpse Makers miniseries at Dynamite in celebration of Will Eisner’s centennial. Despite all that, though, Francavilla is showing no signs of slowing down, as he’ll be releasing a new story for his original creation, The Black Beetle, later this year.
Following up from the first critically acclaimed series that wrapped in 2013, publisher Dark Horse Comics will be releasing a new one-shot in September, entitled The Black Beetle: Kara Böcek, which will collect all of the pages that first appeared in their flagship anthology Dark Horse Presents. The story will take the pulp-inspired hero (who is equal parts The Shadow, The Phantom, and Green Hornet) out of his hometown of Colt City and send him to the Middle East to stop some Nazis from acquiring an ancient and cataclysmic weapon that could single-handedly end the war in their favor.
The first Black Beetle series, No Way Out, was an absolute delight, and a love letter to the genre. After seeing Francavilla’s take on so many different characters from other companies, it was a blast seeing him cut loose on a story that was all his own. I’m sure The Black Beetle: Kara Böcek will be just as riveting when it releases on September 6. And if you haven’t joined in the adventures in Colt City, be sure to track down the first collection of Black Beetle adventures, which is in stores now.