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Francesco Francavilla’s ‘The Black Beetle’ Returns This Fall With ‘Necrologue’
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Francesco Francavilla The Black Beetle Necrologue

Francesco Francavilla‘s The Black Beetle comic book series will return this Fall with a new horror tale, the miniseries The Black Beetle: Necrologue.

The Black Beetle first came to Dark Horse in 2012 with a 24-page story called “Night Shift” in Dark Horse Dark Horse Presents #11. From there, the masked pulp hero of Colt City got his first limited solo series, the four-issue The Black Beetle: No Way Out, launched in January 2013. The Black Beetle: Volume 1: No Way Out, the hardcover collecting all four issues plus the “Night Shift” story, will be released in October and is available now for pre-order.

The Black Beetle: Necrologue #1, which will be released on October 23, 2013, is now available for pre-order online.

Someone’s murdering the citizens of Colt City, and there’s only one man who can stop this killing spree: the Black Beetle!

But as Black Beetle investigates these grisly murders, questions arise about the masked detective: Is he a daring hero or a reckless vigilante? With a past veiled in the shadow of mystery, Black Beetle takes on a dark mission that will keep you screaming in the thrilling new miniseries Necrologue!

Speaking with CBR during San Diego Comic-Con earlier this month, Francavilla explained that “Necrologue” refers to the “series of deaths that will mark this second mini” and with this next installment billed as a “horror tale,” he talked about his influences for the series.

All those classic Universal Horror films had — and still have — a huge influence on me, and they definitely inspired the way I set the mood with the chiaroscuro. The Hammer films helped me with the use of the red and blood. Both were gothic, which is the way I like my horror.

One of the goals when I first started working on “The Black Beetle” was to try to tackle all the classic genres that are so dear to my heart. After the more noir-centric action of the first mini, I’m planning to push a little more on the horror pedal for the second one. As usual, my horror is more about setting a mood rather than showing severed limbs.

If everything goes as planned, it’s gonna be a scary arc.

Francavilla, who writes and draws the interior art and cover for The Black Beetle, said that this new series will pick up right after the ending of “No Way Out.”

The Black Beetle: Necrologue #1 cover

[Images courtesy of Dark Horse Comics.]

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