The late 80s and early 90s was the prime time for unashamedly entertaining horror and action films. Two such franchises familiar to Gen Xers like me are now becoming comic series thanks to Bluewater, who seem to be getting some surprising licenses as of late. I suppose IDW have manged to gobble up the all best ones (G.I.Joe, Transformers,etc) and there’s not many left, but any publisher that can boast William Shatner, Ray Harryhausen and Vincent Price titles has got to be doing something right. Leprechaun’s first film in 1992 featured a young Jennifer Aniston, alongside Warwick Davis (The Ewok Wicket, and an amusing episode of The Extras) as the short evil guy. 2 of the 3 Warlock films starred Julian Sands (the experimental Mike Figgis film, Timecode, which is probably a film only for art students) as the titular character. Anyway, from Bluewater’s press release…
In 2009, Bluewater and Lionsgate will be developing a line of comic books based on the cult/ horror favorite films “Leprechaun” and“Warlock”. After their successful series “Vincent Price Presents” Bluewater delivers more horror to comics.
“Working with Lionsgate on this end is like coming back full circle for me. I worked on the marketing for “Leprechaun 4: In Space”, said Bluewater publisher Darren G. Davis. “I loved this little character and have always wanted to do something with him. As for “Warlock”, this was another cult film that I enjoyed, so having this opportunity to partner with Lionsgate again is going to great”.
The “Warlock comic series is described as, The Warlock is on a mission to destroy a book that contains a spell which imprisoned six other Warlocks. If the book manages to be destroyed, the dangerous Warlocks would be released back into the world free to cause chaos and destruction. It’s up to a rag-tag group of people to prevent the Warlock from carrying out his plan.
“Warlock will appeal to both fans of the franchise and readers who know nothing about the horror series”, said writer Nick Lyons. The book will be drawn by Jacob Bear and colored by John Hunt. Matt Bellisle will be doing all the alternate covers to this title.
“Leprechaun” will be written by another Lionsgate alum Zach Hunchar, who just finished writing Insane Jane for Bluewater. “Leprechaun” is an immensely popular horror franchise and I’m excited about expanding the mythos. It takes two of my favorite things … Ireland and horror. I’m extremely excited to continue to explore the things that scare me and entertain me. I’m very happy Bluewater chose me for this task.”
“Leprechaun” the comic series is a tale of revenge and mayhem. This is the tale of Lubdan, the king and sole survivor of the Leprechaun. The last of the Leprechauns! A treasure dealer stumbles across his pot of gold and steals it. In this modern age, he finds buyers all over the planet through on-line auctions. Iubdan finds the thief after the gold is shipped to humans across the globe. Unbeknownst to Iubdan, the Cluracan, a war-like race intent on genocide, helped the human find the gold. A new curse is discovered that weakens Iubdan while he is not in possession of the gold and will eventually kill him if he does not recover them all in enough time. He quickly realizes he cannot locate the gold without help. The treasure dealer’s last sale was to a computer expert, who agrees to help Lubdan, in exchange for his life. Together, they race against time to learn of the gold’s locations. Lubdan’s quest takes him all over the planet, across time and space. Battling greed, the genocidal Cluracan and new mystical adversaries, Lubdan must save all life to save himself.
Kris Carter will draw “Leprechaun”. And Micheal Kingston will be writing the 2nd story arc.