Dynamite has released the first two covers to February’s Dead Irons #1 and has provided Newsarama with Jae Lee’s sketches of the five-issue miniseries’ characters. Click through the gallery at the right for all the images.
Written by James Kuhoric and illustrated by Jason Alexander (with covers and character design by Lee), the story is described by Dynamite as:
Three bounty hunter siblings blaze a path of death and destruction across the Old West. Traveling by moonlight, they rip criminals screaming for mercy from their hiding places... but none is ever given. Each bounty is torn, broken, and bled dry before being delivered dead and payment collected in gold - no silver.
The Irons are the most feared bounty hunting killers in the west, but that fear isn't based on them being the fastest with a pistol or rifle. It's because they're the walking dead.
A lone tortured soul tracks them with vengeance and salvation driving him to end the curse upon his family. Those who he rescues call him savior, but those who look upon his twisted and scarred face call him monster.
Silas Irons is the only hope his brothers and sister have of salvation from the abominations they've become. But even the purity of his heart can't stop the unnatural rage and bloodlust building in his diseased soul.
A black curse turned these siblings into monsters but deep rooted and twisted family history made them into the worst kind of horrors.
- 99 innocent souls
- 6 undead monsters
- 1 shot to save the world.
"I've been working on this story for nearly 20 years,” Kuhoric says. “I know the characters better than some real friends and I understand what demons drive them. At its heart, the tale is about the transformation of people both physically and mentally into monsters and the path the takes them there is filled with unspeakable horrors. Dead Irons is a story of damnation and retribution. It highlights the very thin line between giving in to your demons to become a monster and fighting your own inner beasts to do what's right."
"Jim came up with one of those once in a lifetime concepts and Jason sold his soul to draw like this,” Lee added. “I'm incredibly proud to be working with them.”
Alexander concluded, "This is seriously the darkest book I've ever worked on… it's so well thought out, it really feels like a classic Sergio Leone' film, with werewolves and vampires. I've never gotten to draw this kind of story before and it's some of the best work of my career."
Dead Irons #1 DEC083908 is in the current edition of Previews