By Christopher Chiu-Tabet
April 26, 2021
BOOM! Studios have announced “Dark Blood,” a supernatural comic by writer LaToya Morgan and artist Walt Barna, with colorist A.H.G. The six-issue series is set in Alabama, 1955, and follows Avery Aldridge, a Black World War II veteran trying to move on with his life and concentrate on providing for his family.
“But,” as the official synopsis states, “the wounds of the past have a way of coming back, and he’ll soon discover that he is anything but ordinary. After a run-in awakens strange new abilities, Avery’s about to become more powerful than he could have ever dared to dream… in a country and society that never wanted him to have any power.”
The project marks the comic book debut of LaToya Morgan, who was a writer and producer on AMC’s Into the Badlands and Turn: Washington’s Spies. She said, “‘Dark Blood’ is a thrilling, genre-bending story that combines twisty sci-fi and historical action, incredible feats of bravery and deep familial love. I could not be more grateful for my creative partners at BOOM! who believed in this passion project from the start. I’m so excited for readers to take this wild ride with these characters I love so much.”
BOOM! Studios editor Dafne Pleban said, “LaToya and Walt are incredible storytellers and are telling a riveting story with complex, layered characters and an incisive look at American history. I’m deeply grateful to have had the chance to work with the brilliant creators on this team to bring their unique and thrilling vision to readers and fans everywhere!” Barna is a self-taught artist from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, whose comic book credits include “The Osiris Path,” “Winter’s Tales,” “The Unconstitutional Actions and Adventures of the Dead Presidents,” “Kaneesha,” and the covers for the Glyph Award-winning series “Is’nana the Were-Spider.” Colorist A.H.G., whose work includes “Brother Bear,” hails from Istanbul.
“Dark Blood” #1 goes on sale in July, with a cover by “Bitch Planet” co-creator Valentine De Landro, and variant covers by Juni Ba (“Excellence”) and Dan Mora (“Once & Future”); check those out at the link.