Comixology Originals have announced its latest digital-first comic book series, Blood Oath, a Prohibition Era horror comic series co-written by novelists Rob Hart and Alex Segura with art by Joe Eisma, colours by Hilary Jenkins, and letters by Jim Campbell.
Read the full synopsis:
“Hart and Segura, both comic fans, first co-authored the digital short “Bad Beat”. Now, combining their talents in their first comic series together, Hart and Segura introduce Hazel Crenshaw, a strong-willed, self-sufficient young woman making her way in 1922 during the height of Prohibition. Hazel just wants to be left alone to tend to her farm, care for her younger sister, and run her business, but her secret business becomes inescapably tangled up with the New York gangs that eventually coalesce into the mafia, and a new, unknown partner. When her farm on Staten Island is attacked, Hazel must not only defend her home, she must cope with the realization that her flirtation with the other side of the law might also put her in the crosshairs of something else—something much more sinister.”
Segura describes the series:
“Blood Oath is a blend of some of our favorite things, in terms of story and genre – historical fiction, the early days of organized crime, and horror – all things we wanted to explore, and they blended together perfectly to ask a key question: what if there was a secret, monstrous crime family that’s been part of the underworld for decades?
Rob and I have been cooking up this story for a long time, and we found the perfect artistic partner in Joe, who I’ve worked with numerous times as a writer and editor over the years. He’s passionate and super-talented. We’re excited for readers to meet Hazel, Walt, Geraldine and the entire Blood Oath crew. Who knows if they’ll survive!”
“It’s always been a dream of mine to write a comic book, but coming from novels, it’s like learning a whole new language. I was incredibly lucky to work with Alex, Joe, and the rest of the team, who helped guide me through the process and learn the fundamentals. Alex and I first started working on this years ago, and it’s incredible watching it come together, piece by piece. I can’t wait for people to read it.”
Eisma also had something to add from an artist’s point of view:
“I’m so excited for folks to read Blood Oath! This is a comic unlike anything I’ve ever drawn, and I’m so proud of the world Alex, Rob and I have created. I had a blast drawing this time period and the outfits and styles of that era for these characters. I hope readers will enjoy the book and see the excitement and love that went into creating it.”
Blood Oath #1 debuts on comiXology on Tuesday August 30th. And remember, comixology Originals titles are available to read at no additional cost for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and Comixology Unlimited.