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Kelly Cassidy 03/12/2013 Reviews

IDW is well known for its franchised books, such as TransformersDoctor Who, and Star Trek. They also do a number of uniquely original books as well that not too many people know about. And now, the team who brought the series The Cape to fruition reunites for a new miniseries.

 

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Joe Hill Proves that Evil Leaves a THUMBPRINT
Hill Teams with Longtime Collaborator Jason Ciaramella for New Miniseries!

San Diego, CA (March 12, 2013) – IDW is pleased to announce a new project from the Eisner-nominated writing team behind The Cape, Joe Hill and Jason Ciaramella. Based on Hill’s original novella and featuring covers and art by superstar newcomer Vic Malhotra, THUMBPRINT is a twisted three-issue tale of fear, terror, and indelible remorse.

When Private Mallory Grennan is dishonorably discharged from the US Army, she hopes to start a new life back home, far away from the things she’d seen and done in Abu Ghraib prison. Mal’s crimes, committed beneath a harsh Arabian sun, throw a shadow long enough to reach all the way to the United States. What started there, will end here – in blood. Over THUMBPRINT’s three gripping issues, fans will truly feel what it’s like to be haunted… and hunted.

“Bringing THUMBPRINT to life was a challenge for me,” said writer Jason Ciaramella. “Not because the prose was particularly difficult to adapt, but because the themes the story explores are haunting, and deeply disturbing. I had to step out of myself in order to capture the true horror of it without letting my personal agendas seep in.”

Author Joe Hill adds, “I was blown away by Jason’s work on The Cape, and wanted more. THUMBPRINT is right in his wheelhouse: Jay has a feel for the psychological flaws that lead a basically good person down the wrong path. And no one writes action quite like Jay – he turns brutality into surreal comedy and back again faster than a magician turning a scarf into a dove. Add to that an opportunity to work with an artist like Vic Malhotra – who draws with a severe grace, and brings to mind the work Mazzucchelli was doing in Batman: Year One – and I think we’ve got all the ingredients for something that can really explode off the page.”

The first issue will also feature a variant cover by Vincent Chong, the award-winning artist of the THUMBPRINT novella. When THUMBPRINT hits stands this June, fans of the Eisner-winning Locke & Key can expect another in the long line of haunting thrills concocted by Hill and Ciaramella.

JOE HILL’S THUMBPRINT #1 of 3: (FC, 32 pages, $3.99). In stores 6/19/13.

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Although I’m not the biggest fan of war comics (unless you count Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos), this one sounds like it has a nice twist or two. It’s more about the human aspect of it than the war itself it sounds like.

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About The Author

Kelly Cassidy has been collecting comics for around 30 years and can actually list the first comic he bought with his own money. By day, he works as a technology manager and community leader in web technologies, presenting at web conferences around Canada. By night, he struggles to actually create the list of comics he owns as he keeps adding more to his collection. He also struggles with talking in third person.

  1. jeffhillwriter 03/13/2013 at 1:13 am

    Looks pretty cool. Joe Hill is a very good writer, so I'll take anything he throws at us.

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