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EXCLUSIVE Dark Horse First Look: Brian Michael Bendis’ ‘Scarlet’ and ‘Torso’

Check out details on new editions of Brian Michael Bendis’ Jinxworld classics.

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Brian Michael Bendis announced his comics imprint Jinxworld was headed to Dark Horse this past August and today AIPT has the exclusive on two new collections of two classic Jinxworld titles. Scarlet and Torso are both heading back into print next year with Scarlet available everywhere books are sold on May 4, 2022, for $29.99, and Torso will be available on June 1st, 2022 for $19.99.

That’s not all, Scarlet will come complete with all fifteen issues and scene material, sketches, and design concepts from both Bendis and Alex Maleev. Meanwhile, Torso–the 1999 Eisner Award-winner for Comic Book Excellence–will be re-designed in this latest edition to the Dark Horse/Jinxworld library!

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With both graphic novels on the way, and Bendis and Stephen Byrne’s Joy Operations set to release November 24th–the Jinxworld universe is brighter than ever. For more info on this series, don’t miss our Joy Operations interview with Byrne.

Check out both covers below.

EXCLUSIVE Dark Horse First Look: Brian Michael Bendis' 'Scarlet' and 'Torso' EXCLUSIVE Dark Horse First Look: Brian Michael Bendis' 'Scarlet' and 'Torso'

So what’s Scarlet about?

Written by Brian Michael Bendis and illustrated by Alex Maleev is about a young woman pushed to the edge by a world filled by police brutality, government corruption, and unspeakable crimes. After a mysterious murder and a near-death experience, Scarlet Rue wakes from a coma with her world shattered. Fueled by rage, guilt, and her vision of a better future; she takes the fight to her oppressors… and anyone else who gets in her way. Striking back against the corrupt cops who tore her life apart and sparks an uprising in this all too real tale of power, corruption, and lies.

So what’s Torso about?

Written by Brian Michael Bendis and illustrated by Marc Andreyko, it’s set in Cleveland. 1935. Eliot Ness, fresh from his legendary Chicago triumph over Al Capone and associates, set his sights on Cleveland. He went on a crusade that matched, and sometimes even surpassed, his past accomplishments. But dismembered body parts started washing up in a concentrated area of Lake Erie Sound. Headless torsos that left no clues to their identity or reason for death. Elliot Ness and his colorful gang of The Unknowns chased this killer through the underbelly of Cleveland for years. As far as the public was concerned, he was never captured. But what really happened is even more shocking.

For more on this news, read the official press release below.

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (November 9, 2021)— Coming off the recent announcement that Brian Michael Bendis would be bringing his Jinxworld imprint and new comics exclusively to Dark Horse Comics, the expansion of the line continues with brand new collections of two classic Jinxworld titles—Scarlet and Torso!     

Scarlet, written by Brian Michael Bendis and illustrated by Alex Maleev is about a young woman pushed to the edge by a world filled by police brutality, government corruption, and unspeakable crimes. After a mysterious murder and a near-death experience, Scarlet Rue wakes from a coma with her world shattered. Fueled by rage, guilt, and her vision of a better future; she takes the fight to her oppressors… and anyone else who gets in her way. Striking back against the corrupt cops who tore her life apart and sparks an uprising in this all too real tale of power, corruption, and lies.

Complete with behind the scenes material, sketches, and design concepts from both Bendis and Maleev, this collection is the definitive omnibus of their fearless political thriller set in the seedy underbelly of Portland, Oregon.

Written by Brian Michael Bendis and Marc Andreyko and illustrated by Bendis himself, Torso recounts the story of an aging Elliot Ness in his hunt for one of America’s first serial killers: the torso killer!

Cleveland. 1935. Eliot Ness, fresh from his legendary Chicago triumph over Al Capone and associates, set his sights on Cleveland. He went on a crusade that matched, and sometimes even surpassed, his past accomplishments. But dismembered body parts started washing up in a concentrated area of Lake Erie Sound. Headless torsos that left no clues to their identity or reason for death. Elliot Ness and his colorful gang of The Unknowns chased this killer through the underbelly of Cleveland for years. As far as the public was concerned, he was never captured. But what really happened is even more shocking.

This 1999 Eisner Award-winner for Comic Book Excellence is re-designed in this latest edition to the Dark Horse/Jinxworld library!

Scarlet trade paperback will collect all fifteen issues of the entire Scarlet series and will be available everywhere books are sold May 4, 2022. It is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop and bookstore. Scarlet will retail for $29.99.

Torso trade paperback will be available everywhere books are sold June 1, 2022. It is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop and bookstore. Torso will retail for $19.99.

Be sure to check out the newest Jinxworld series coming exclusively to Dark Horse, Joy Operations—written by Brian Michael Bendis and illustrated by Stephen Byrne–available for pre-order now and on-sale November 24, 2021 at your local comic shop.

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