DAVID DASTMALCHIAN Writing COUNT CROWLEY Comic for DARK HORSE

Count Crowley: Reluctant Midnight Monster Hunter #1
Credit: Dark Horse Comics
Credit: Dark Horse Comics

David Dastmalchian has played numerous comic book characters on TV and screen, but now he's seguing to creating and writing them. The Ant-Man co-star is writing Count Crowley: Reluctant Midnight Monster Hunter for Dark Horse Comics with artist Lukas Ketner, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"[Count Crowley] takes place in 1983 and centers on Jerri Bartman, a once rising TV journalist who moves back to her home town in the midwest when her career hits a snag after struggles with alcoholism," reads THR's description of the title. "She hosts the nightly Creature Feature, but soon learns her job comes with hidden duties: hunting monsters. Count Crowley, her missing predecessor, was one of the last of the appointed monster hunters in the world. Monsters are actually real, and are trying to control the world's news and information." 

Dastmalchian is currently filming Denis Villeneuve's Dune, and has signed on for another comic book role after that - playing the Polka-Dot Man in James Gunn's The Suicide Squad.

"Personal themes of addiction shape my writing and I’m so grateful to present a terrifying tale about confronting dogmatism that’s lovingly reverent to classic horror and the power of myth," Dastmalchian said in an announcement. "This may be '80s nostalgia but the importance of re-examining what we think we know is as timeless as ever."

Count Crowley: Reluctant Midnight Monster Hunter #1 is scheduled to debut October 23. The publisher hasn't specified the length of the series.

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