Jonathan Hickman and Ryan Bodenheim reteam for ‘The Dying and the Dead’
More Johnny Hickman!? More Johnny Hickman that finds him reteaming with Ryan Bodenheim? You bet your bottom fucking dollar (what is a bottom dollar anyways?) that I’m putting this motherfucker down on my pull-list. Details and the full cover for the first issue after the jump.
I’ve been a fan of Jonathan Hickman‘s work at Image ever since he hit the ground running with The Nightly News, and the thing I tend to love most about those projects is how unrelentingly high-concept they are. There’s always a new hook that I’ve never seen before, whether it’s a satire about super-powered mutant apes or an ongoing series featuring real-life historical figures involved in truly ridiculous acts of mad science. As a result, if you tell me that Hickman and artist Ryan Bodenheim, who worked together on Red Mass For Mars, are doing a new series together called The Dying and the Dead, then my first question is “what’s the high concept?”
And that’s when I found out that they’re referring to it as “Indiana Jones for old people,” and I’m pretty much sold.
According to the announcement, The Dying And The Dead #1 kicks off with a murder at a wedding and then launches right into “unraveling secrets hundreds of years old,” which sounds like a pretty tall order. It’s fortunate, then, that the first issue is an oversized affair, clocking in at 60 story pages for $4.50.