Skybound ventures into the scariest place on Earth in the new horror comic, Dark Ride. From the Birthright team of Joshua Williamson and Andrei Bressan, it’ll be in comic shops October 5, 2022.
For more than 50 years, Devil Land has been the world’s best horror-themed amusement park and is home to the scariest ride, The Devil’s Due. But there are real horrors at Devil Land, which lifelong fan Owen Seasons will learn when he gets a job at the park. As Owen uncovers terrors behind the scenes and learns the truth about park creator Arthur Dante, he realizes that his dream job is actually a nightmare.
Dark Ride will first appear in Skybound X #25, which will be in comic shops on July 20.
“Two of my biggest obsessions have always been horror...and amusement parks. So, I had to find a way to combine them into something new. It’s a dream book I’ve been working on for a long time and it’s been awesome to finally pull it together with Andrei and the whole Birthright team!” Williamson said. “It’s great to get back to horror after Nailbiter ended, and here we dive into some new themes with horror: What is scary in today’s world? How can you create something scary when every day we’re living in a horror show? Those are the themes I wanted to explore with Dark Ride. Amusement parks are meant to be a place of fun...but here we really bring the horror.”
“It’s safe to say that we’re heading home! I’m really happy to be reunited with the rest of the Birthright clan once again! Hell! We usually tell people we are a team, but in fact, we are a living, breathing creature! And a hungry one too! At first you had us brandishing swords...but now, this time around...well...horror, right?” Bressan said. “I remember reading something that says ‘In horror, the surface always lies. Nothing is what it seems to be.’ So, take this and mix it up with an amusement park. You think you’re playing and having fun, but you’re actually flirting with Death. And here, Death blinks back at you!”
Dark Ride #1 will feature a main cover by Bressan and series colorist Adriano Lucas, along with a lineup of variants that will begin a variant cover program through the four-issue first arc. Cover B by Martín Morazzo (Ice Cream Man) will introduce park mascot Danny D. Evill.
“Joshua and Andrei created one of the iconic modern series in Birthright and when they approached us about Dark Ride, it was clear that lightning struck a second time,” Skybound Entertainment Editor Amanda LaFranco said. “This is everything you love about Joshua and Andrei turned up to 11, with a thrilling new approach to horror comics that you’ll love whether you’re a die-hard fan of the genre or not.”