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Dark Horse announces “Witchfinder: Reign of Darkness”

Occult expert Sir Edward Grey takes on Jack the Ripper.

This winter Dark Horse Comics will bring fans a new master of the occult to the streets of foggy London to combat history’s most famous serial killer: Jack the Ripper. Full press release and the cover of issue #1 below.

MILWAUKIE, Ore. (July 15, 2019)– This winter, legendary Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, iZombie co-creator Chris Roberson, acclaimed artist Christopher Mitten and colorist Michelle Madsen will unleash Witchfinder: Reign of Darkness. In this all-new, five-part miniseries from Dark Horse Comics, Sir Edward Grey, occult adviser to the queen, takes on London’s most famous serial killer: Jack the Ripper.

“It’s been long-established that Sir Edward Grey was involved in some capacity in the investigation into the Ripper killings in 1888, and that shortly afterward he left government service for good,” said Roberson. “But we’ve never known just what Sir Edward discovered during his investigation, or who was behind the Ripper murders in the world of Hellboy, or what happened that caused the royal Witchfinder to have a falling-out with Queen Victoria…until now, at least. In the pages of Witchfinder: Reign of Darkness, we’ll be exploring all of those questions and more, as Sir Edward’s investigation into a string of grisly murders leads him in directions he couldn’t have guessed, encountering new enemies and new allies along the way.”

In Witchfinder: Reign of Darkness, Sir Edward Grey is the only one who thinks Jack the Ripper’s murders have an occult purpose. When Scotland Yard turns its back on him, Grey finds an ally in American occult adventurer Sarah Jewell. But the forces aligned against their investigation are more powerful than either one of them imagines.

The series is illustrated by acclaimed Mignolaverse artist Christopher Mitten. “It’s not hard to have a blast illustrating a Witchfinder story for the first time, particularly since in this story Sir Edward is dealing with the notorious Ripper murders and resulting fallout,” said Mitten. “It’s an interesting time to be wandering around inside this world, playing with the styles and the architecture, the mood of time and place as seen through the Mignolaverse lens. We revisit some wonderful set pieces from Victorian London, while finding a few new ones. The terrific characters are just the icing on the cake.”

Witchfinder: Reign of Darkness will debut on November 27, 2019.

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