Dick Tracy Forever #1
Credit: Michael Avon Oeming (IDW Publishing)
Credit: Kyle Baker (IDW Publishing)

Michael Avon Oeming is writing and drawing a new Dick Tracy title for IDW Publishing beginning this April. Titled Dick Tracy Forever, this four-issue series brings the crime noir cartoonist to a character he has wanted to work on - and almost worked on over a decade ago - for the first time.

"Michael Avon Oeming's award-winning work in crime comics makes him the perfect creator to tackle one of the greatest crime-busters of all time,” says IDW Group Editor Denton Tipton. "I promise you'll never see Dick Tracy the same after reading this series… and I mean that in a good way, wisenheimer!"

Details on Dick Tracy Forever's plot are sparse, but the publisher frames this series as a proverbial Sisyphus, "pushing the law boulder up the hill as he struggles for reason and order in a world with none."

Credit: Michael Avon Oeming (IDW Publishing)

This pairing of character and creator is something Oeming has openly talked about for over a decade - even once starting a series with Brian Michael Bendis in the 2000s that was stymed by Warren Beatty, who at the time owned unspecified rights to the franchise.

"I've gotten to write and draw most of my bucket list characters, from The Spirit to Batman and more, but I never dreamed that Dick Tracy would even be a possibility," Oeming said this week. "It feels completely natural and I cannot wait to show why he's such a relevant character for all times."

Taki Soma will be coloring Oeming's work for this series.

"Mike Oeming is one of the greatest comic creators working today,” said Bendis. "Oeming on Dick Tracy? I’ll take ten!"

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