Charles Addams' Addams Family are returning to comic books with a new one-shot this October coinciding with MGM's animated film. Announced during the "IDW - 20 Years" panel at Comic-Con International: San Diego, The Addams Family: The Bodies Issue will be written by Zoe Quinn and drawn by Phil Murphy. The Wednesday Addams-focused story will be published by IDW.
Quinn says they was extremely excited to work on characters that they grew up with. The writer enjoyed playing around with the dynamic of very wholesome family dialogue with darker, gothy punchlines.
"It's almost certainly the best comic I've written so far," Quinn said.
Originally created as a gag strip for The New Yorker in 1939, the franchise grew to be a popular TV series and film franchise.
The Addams Family: The Bodies Issue #1 is scheduled to be released October 18. IDW's full press release follows.
SAN DIEGO, CA (July 18, 2019) – IDW Publishing is proud to announce its first foray into the iconic kooky world of The Addams Family! The whimsical one-shot – entitled The Addams Family: The Bodies Issue – features a story by writer Zoë Quinn (Goddess Mode) and artist Philip Murphy (Star Trek vs. Transformers) and is timed to the October 11th release of the highly anticipated CGI animated film.
In The Bodies Issue comic, available in October, Wednesday Addams discovers a mysterious tome – one that promises true empowerment to the young woman who wields it. Wednesday decides to complete the dark rituals hidden within this Eleventeen magazine… and achieve ultimate power!
“As a goth who fell in love with The Addams Family at a young age, it’s a dream come true to write for the iconic, loving family of oddballs,” says Quinn. “As a comics creator, I’ve really enjoyed being able to play with visual gags and write the most fun dialogue I’ve ever created, too.”
“The Addams Family is definitely one of those iconic pop culture families that so many people grew up with and love. From Charles Addams’ original New Yorker cartoons to the TV series, movies, and animated series, everybody has their favorites,” says Murphy. “It’s definitely a dream project and I am sure that fans old and new will have a howling good time reading it!”
“As a little girl, I identified with the mischievous and misanthropic Wednesday Addams – and I know I'm not the only one! As the Addams are introduced to a new generation with a brand-new animated film, I'm so excited to bring Wednesday to the forefront of Addams Family storytelling with this new one-shot. Zoë and Philip will have you in stitches – maybe literally!” says editor Elizabeth Brei.
The Addams Family: The Bodies Issue one-shot will be available with two variant covers, by series artist Philip Murphy and Kate Sherron, respectively.