Strangeways is the story of ex-soldier Seth Collins as he treks through the haunted frontier of a shadowy old west. Cowboys and werewolves. What more do you need to know?

The Thirsty


cover art by Alex Sheikman

 Strangeways: The Thirsty

After the events of Murder Moon, Collins tries to make his way to Virginia City, in hopes of catching up with his estranged sister. Instead he finds himself forced to detour into a place called Drytown. It’s not such an exciting place during the day, too many folks sleeping and laying about.

But the place really lights up at night.

Strangeways: The Thirsty is the second in the Strangeways graphic novel series. Written by Matt Maxwell (Ragnarok Summer, Strangeways, The Collected Full Bleed) and featuring art by two distinct art teams.

Gervasio and Jok:

And Luis Guragna:

The cover and chapter illustrations for The Thirsty were drawn by Alex Sheikman (Robotika, The Dark Crystal).

Strangeways: The Thirsty contains two complete stories: the title story, which pits Seth Collins, a Spanish vampire hunter and other residents of Cedar Creek (including a disbelieving Sheriff) against a pack of bloodthirsty vampires led by their master, Raphael Guzman de Medina. These aren’t romantic, well-dressed vampires either. Nor do they spakle. And when they’re really out for blood, they’re not afraid to move during the day.

The second story in The Thirsty is that of the vampire master de Medina himself, where we find out who he was and how he became what he is now. It’s not what you’d suspect, nor is it entirely a Merchant-Ivory costume drama with fangs. Illustrated by Luis Guragna, ”Red Hands” is a story of misplaced greed, addiction and a struggle for self-control, even when the world doesn’t want you to.

Weighing in at 200 pages, Strangeways: The Thirsty will have a cover price of 17.95. It will ship from Diamond in March of 2012, soliciting in January. Pages will also be running online concurrent to the solicitation so that people will know what they’re buying. And when they get to the end of the book, it doesn’t say “To be Continued.” You could put it down after that and feel like you’ve gotten the whole story. But you’ll probably want more.

Look for serialization of The Thirsty to begin later this year after conclusion of Murder Moon.

But if you want to read it quickest, you might want to buy the print edition, which will be coming to my normal circuit of comic shows in Autumn of 2011, wrapping up at the Long Beach Comic-Con at the end of October, 2011.