IDW Publishing has announced three new series starting in May: Chained to the Grave from Brian Level, Andrew Eschenbach, and Kate Sherron; Sea of Sorrows from Rich Douek and Alex Cormack; and Bermuda from John Layman and Nick Bradshaw.
Chained to the Grave is scheduled for five issues, and is described as a "tale of intrigue, murder, magic, and the good ol’ Wild, Wild West!"
"Outlaw Roy Mason has come back from the dead, chained to the headstone that marked his grave," reads IDW's official synopsis. "It’s a lawless time, a magical time, and the undead Roy soon finds himself caught between a rock and a hard place as he sets out in search of treasure. But Roy, trying to do right by the wife and children he left behind, soon finds out that everything is not always as it seems..."
“Chained to the Grave is a supernatural Western romp on the surface, packed with odd characters and wild trope-bending action,” said co-writer Eschenbach in a release. “Dig in a little, though, and you’ll see that it’s a story about very bad decisions, and the blast radius they leave behind... even after death.”
“What started as a series of scattered ideas between Andy and I quickly became the unusual dust devil that kicked us off. It took Kate's uniquely beautiful visuals and Micah's smoothly seamless letters to wrangle those ideas into the shape that we now call Chained to the Grave,” added co-writer Level. “Chained to the Grave is the Western you're used to being wrung out until it bleeds a whole new color.”
“I can’t thank Andy Eschenbach and Brian Level enough for creating a story that is not only fun to read, but wildly fun to draw," said artist Sherron. "The guys gave me a familiar place to start, turned it on its ear, and then handed me the reins — with a unique Western like Chained, there’s so much room to play and I’m having a blast finding engaging characterizations, kinetic line-work, and expressive palettes to tell the tale. I hope everyone gets as much a kick out of this story as I do!”
Meanwhile, the five-issue Sea of Sorrows follows up on Douek and Cormack's Road of Bones for what IDW calls "a deep sea adventure with a horrific twist."
"In the aftermath of the Great War, the North Atlantic is ripe for plunder by independent salvage crews. When a former naval officer hires the SS Vagabond, he leads the ship to a sunken U-boat, and a fortune in gold," reads IDW's synopsis. "Tensions mount as the crew prepares to double cross each other, but the darkness of the ocean floor holds deeper terrors than any of them have bargained for!"
"Alex and I are excited to put the same twisted imaginations that brought you Road of Bones to work on new places, new characters, and of course, new heights of unspeakable terror,” stated Douek in the announcement. “Get ready for another dark journey into the horrors that lurk within the pages of history!"
“The ocean is a terrifying and mysterious place,” added Cormack. “Sea of Sorrows reveals the isolation and horror of being in an alien world on our own planet, facing threats that should be impossible, chasing you through an inescapable setting. With the character designs and especially the story, this would be a book I’d draw just for myself. Rich is a talented writer and great collaborator. I’m happy to be along for the ride!”
IDW's third new series for May is John Layman and Nick Bradshaw's Bermuda, a fantasy series of unspecified length centered on the pop culture mystery of the Bermuda Triangle.
“I’m excited to be working on Bermuda,” added Bradshaw. “John is giving me thrilling stories full of adventure and suspense — so much so, I don’t know if I can do them justice, but I’m sure as hell going to try!”
Along with the three new series, May marks the return of David M. Booher and Drew Zucker's Canto in a one-shot titled Canto and the Clockwork Faeries.
"This comic story sends Canto and his Malorex deeper into their magical world — literally — to face a sinister mechanical witch who has captured a gentle race of fairies," reads the story description. "Can Canto liberate these sweet creatures before he's taken captive himself?"
“Drew and I are thrilled to bring Canto back in 2020 with Clockwork Fairies,” said Booher in an accompanying statement. “When we came up with the first seeds of the idea for Canto, we knew that his world was expansive. Now we have the chance to share a side story exploring one of the many mysterious corners of this fantastic land. We’re so grateful to the readers who took the journey with Canto in 2019 and we can’t wait for readers to see what we have planned for this year.”
“What David and I started in the first volume of Canto was only the beginning,” said Zucker. “We spent a lot of time hinting at Canto’s world in the background, but what's really exciting about Clockwork Fairies is having a chance to explore not only more of the physical world, but the characters that inhabit it. It's exciting for us as creators to discover these characters the same way that the hero does.”
Look for IDW Publishing's full May 2020 solicitations later this month on Newsarama.