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SDCC ’19: Dark Horse announces Hitman for the Dead

Join a group of vagabond serial killers roaming America.

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MILWAUKIE, Ore. (July 16, 2019)– “You know how people say ‘Someone should do something about that’?…Well, I’m that someone,” says Anthony Harken, the wandering assassin in Burden’s new series.

After losing his soul in a card game, a wayward, young Anthony Harken takes up with a crew of vagabond serial killers roaming America, administering one of the last surviving rituals of the Spanish Inquisition, avenging the wrongfully slain, and freeing their souls to pass on and find peace. He is the Hitman For The Dead!

Hitman For The Dead is a radically different new series, not only for writer and artist, Bob Burden (Flaming Carrot, MysteryMen), but as a new departure for the comic world. At SDCC 2019 a limited edition Hitman For The Dead novella in a vintage paperback format will be sold at the Dark Horse Comics booth as a prequel to the upcoming, unconventional new comic book series.

On the inception of the supernatural detective story, Bob Burden had this to say:

“This project started out as a strategy to promote the new 400-page Flaming Carrot Omnibus that we have coming out in September from Dark Horse. The story was an experiment. I wanted to change directions, blow out the pipes so to speak, and do a down-and-dirty hardcore thriller/horror/detective thing that would diverge from my humor stuff. Unlike Flaming Carrot, people instantly get what Hitman For The Dead is about and we feel it has a very viral potential.

I had a completed comic book script from a few years back – a good, solid story – but could I turn that script into a novel in the few weeks I had left in June and have it ready for San Diego Comic Con? I had to go for it. Originally called Silence Of Night, Hitman For The Dead was an idea that I had been kicking around for a while. Will it work as collateral promotion for the now obscure and seemingly forgotten Flaming Carrot and get it on people’s radar screens? It’s an experiment, and we’ll see how it goes.”

Stop by the Dark Horse Comics booth at SDCC 2019 (#2615) to pick up a limited copy of the convention exclusive Hitman For The Dead paperback novella for $10 and get it signed by Bob Burden during his signing. A free, sample download of the book will be available at for PRESS/REVIEWERS and for those fans who can’t make it to SDCC this year. This digital version of the book will be on the site for free starting Sunday night.

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