While not directly involved with the series, John Carpenter’s style is omnipresent in these spooky comics. John Carpenter’s Science Fiction Tales: HELL released their debut issue last week, and now they’ve revealed a trailer in order to grab their readers and get new fans. The series was inspired by a story of John carpenter and Sandy King, and was written by David J. Schow.
It was also illustrated and inked by Andres Esparza, features colors by Sergio Martinez, letters by Janice Chiang and covers by Tim Bradstreet. The piece of music used in the trailer is a section of the track “Cemetery” from John Carpenter’s latest album Lost Themes III.
The synopsis for the eight-issue comic book series reads: “In New York City, massive monster is destroyed by subway train … and its surviving reptilian companion can speak English. In Colombia, a scientist crawls depths of the Earth, bringing news of a miraculous new source of mineral energy … and demons below. In Texas, a convicted murderer is spared at the last minute by an international conglomerate … who wants to organize an expedition to the center of the Earth, with him as a guide. Because like the scientist, he went there. The whole team is headed straight for hell. “
In other words, you can expect a ton of sci-fi action and horror. If the trailer and the art are any indication, there will be plenty of underworld action for fans of all genres.
David J. Schow, who wrote the comic book series, is no stranger to horror and science fiction. He is best known for his screenplay work in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, Critters movies, and Chainsaw Massacre movies. If this resume could give any clues as to how comic book characters will behave, they’re up for a horrible ride.
As for John Carpenter, he is not exclusively involved in comics as his career has been more focused on production and composition. While he wrote and directed some of the most beloved horror and action films of the ’70s and’ 80s – Halloween, The thing, and Big problem in little China being his most important – he struggled to maintain that kind of lifestyle in his later years. In an interview with ComicBook.com, he said this.
“That’s the problem, see. I’m old. It’s hard. (And to write but not to realize) No. It’s hard work too. See, you talk about hard work. Come on, man, you talk about a lot of work. “
Carpenter was working on the production and development of a TV adaptation of his comic book series Tales for a Halloween night, but this project is not moving forward. Yes Sci-Fi Tales: HELL is well received by fans and critics alike, perhaps a TV adaptation could be considered for it instead, produced by Carpenter himself. The first issue of John Carpenter’s Science Fiction Tales: HELL is available for purchase now online or at your local comic book store.