Update 10/1/15: The original information we received made us believe the second issues to these series would not be out until 2016. However, the 2nd issues will be coming out starting in October with a new and different set of books being released in early 2016. Sorry for the confusion!
New comic book publisher Double Take is adding to the lore of The Night of the Living Dead. Ten new #1 issues were all released at the same time this past New Comic Wednesday: Z-Men #1, Spring #1, Home #1, Dedication #1, Remote #1, Honor #1, Soul #1, Rise #1, Medic #1 and Slab #1. Each of those issues takes a slightly different look at what happened in that small Pennsylvania town in 1966.
One of the reasons that Double Take has been able to expand on such an established franchise is that the rights to Night of the Living Dead have recently become part of public domain, meaning there is no copyright agreement needed. So while none of the stories have been approved by George Romero or John Russo, we will see some familiar characters and locals for longtime fans, while also adding new people and places to the mythos. Double Take's hopes that it all builds to one Ultimate NotLD experience.
These books will be the first comics printed by the new comic publisher Double Take, which is a branch of Take Two, the video game publisher. The comic book studio is currently being run by former Marvel publisher Bill Jemas, who helped launch the Ultimate Universe for Marvel Comics in the early 2000s.
The new company is trying some very unique ways to start publishing. They launched a successful Kickstarter campaign back this past spring to help get the money to print the ten #1s they just released. That seems quite unique for a successfully established company like Take Two to use Kickstarter to get started. But this is also the company's first foray into publishing, so they may be just dipping their toes and testing the interest level in a measurable term, rather than charge in head first. Also of note, each issue has a cover price of only $2.50 rather than the standard $3.99. Plus there is also a Super Pack box that collects all 10 first issues for $20.
One thing that may be the hardest part for any new readers they attract will be waiting for the second issues to released. Instead of sprinkling a few issues a couple at a time, they decided to put out all ten #1s on the same day, with the #2 issues not scheduled to release until 2016. This long gap in readership may backfire as readers could move on and forget about the new series. But I'm sure this is more connected to the company needing that long to know if the first issues were successful enough to continue with their publishing. But while the business model might be unique, it all comes down to the stories they produce and whether or not they connect with fans for this to all prove successful.
Here's a quick synopsis of each books in the series:
- Honor #1: Protect. Serve. Beat. Burn.
- Z-Men #1: Dead and/or alive. LBJ orders the Secret Service to bring him back a zombie.
- Rise #1: They’re coming to get you Barbara. An old story with a new end…and a new beginning.
- Lab #1: Even a brain a-day won’t keep this Doctor away.
- Spring #1: Hot sun, hot babes, and the cold decaying flesh of the zombie horde. It’s co-eds vs. the undead.
- Home #1: A happy family, a lovely spring evening, and zombies.
- Remote #1: As ghouls surround her station, KBRF Radio ace DJ Samantha stays on the air all night. Will Rock & Roll save her soul?
- Medic #1: Doctors, and nurses, and zombies, oh my!
- Dedication #1: Thanks to some hungry customers, the closing shift at George’s Market has turned into the graveyard shift.
- Soul #1: The posse shoots to kill, but Ben survives. Too bad it’s all-downhill from here.