LaToya Morgan and Walt Barna Announce Brand New Series DARK BLOOD From BOOM! Studios
Discover a Bold New Original Series from Acclaimed ‘The Walking Dead’ Screenwriter in July 2021
LOS ANGELES, CA (April 26, 2021) – BOOM! Studios today announced DARK BLOOD, an evocative new six-issue original series from screenwriter LaToya Morgan (AMC’s The Walking Dead, Into The Badlands), rising star artist Walt Barna (The Osiris Path), and colorist A.H.G. about a young man forging a brave new future for himself and his family while dealing with his past, available in July 2021.
Alabama, 1955. Avery Aldridge was a decorated soldier during World War II; now he’s just an ordinary young Black man busy providing for his wife and daughter. But 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.
LaToya Morgan is a film, television, and comic book writer from Los Angeles, California. Her comic books have been published by Zenescope, DC, and most recently BOOM! Studios. Morgan has written for several prestigious television series including Shameless, Parenthood, TURN: Washington’s Spies, Into the Badlands, and The Walking Dead. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @MorganicInk.
“DARK BLOOD is a thrilling, genre-bending story that combines twisty sci-fi and historical action, incredible feats of bravery and deep familial love,” said Morgan. “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.”
Walt Barna is a self taught illustrator specializing in comics, cover art and children’s books. He has had a love for drawing since he was young that started with reading comics and watching Saturday morning cartoons. He enjoys drawing and painting all kinds of fantasy and science fiction related stories and is influenced by just about anything. He currently resides in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe with his telepathic goldfish.
DARK BLOOD #1 features main cover art by acclaimed artist Valentine De Landro (Bitch Planet) and variant covers by illustrators Juni Ba (Excellence) and Dan Mora (Once & Future).
“LaToya and Walt are incredible storytellers and are telling a riveting story with complex, layered characters and an incisive look at American history,” said Dafna Pleban, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “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!”
DARK BLOOD is the newest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to critically acclaimed original series, including BRZRKR by Keanu Reeves, Matt Kindt, and Ron Garney; We Only Find Them When They’re Dead by Al Ewing and Simone Di Meo; Seven Secrets by Tom Taylor and Daniele Di Nicuolo; Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera; Once & Future by Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora; Proctor Valley Road by Grant Morrison, Alex Child, and Naomi Franquiz; The Many Deaths of Laila Starr by Ram V and Filipe Andrade; and the upcoming Eve by Victor LaValle and Jo Mi-Gyeong. The imprint also publishes popular licensed properties, including Dune: House Atreidesfrom Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson, and Dev Pramanik; Mighty Morphin and Power Rangers from Ryan Parrott, Marco Renna, and Francesco Mortarino; and Magic from Jed McKay and Ig Guara.
Print copies of DARK BLOOD #1 will be available for sale in July 2021 exclusively at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Madefire.