Ever since New York Comic Con 2011, ‘Dexter’ fans have been anxiously waiting for the serial-killing blood spatter expert and his Dark Passenger to make an appearance in the pages of Marvel Comics. Come February, the wait will be over as creator Jeff Lindsay’s character from the best-selling ‘Darkly Dreaming Dexter’ book series and the Emmy-winning Showtime drama starring Michael C. Hall will be the star of a brand new miniseries.
Set within the continuity of the books and written by Lindsay himself with art from Dalibor Talajic, the series will introduce the Skid Row Slasher, “a rookie serial killer hounding Miami’s finest.” In this original tale, we will also see Dexter Morgan not only tackle a new threat to Miami, but his high school reunion as well. Fans of the TV show will remember some memorable moments from his onscreen high school reunion in the opening episode of season six titled ‘Those Kinds of Things’, but we shall see how things carry out in the literary version of the story.
In an interview with USA Today, Lindsay talks a little bit about his excitement for his antihero to join the ranks of such an esteemed comic publisher such as Marvel:
“Marvel Comics has always been a place where I felt at home. It has been a very important part of my life, and has always been a wellspring of creative and relevant ideas. I feel like I’m coming home. It is a huge thrill for me to bring ‘Dexter’ into this very special pantheon.”
Marvel Senior Vice President, Associate Publisher and “Dexter” editor Ruwan Jayatilleke went on to assure fans that the comic will keep the same spirit as the novels and TV series despite being in a different medium:
“Naturally, the comics will further ‘dimensionalize’ Dexter as a character and build on the equity and excitement that the books and TV show have created. The story of a lovable, vulnerable serial killer was — and is still — very fascinating. There’s nothing like a well-written antihero, and that’s what Jeff does so expertly. He moves readers who are anchored in the middle from the different extremes of good and evil. Along the way, he envelops them in well-crafted hilarity plus thrills.”
While this story is set in the context of the book, I wonder if the likeness of Michael C. Hall will be featured as America’s favorite serial killer in the comics or if there will be artistic liberties taken with the character’s appearance. It would be an interesting way to tie the book and the show together if the actor’s appearance was shared in the comic. I guess we’ll have to wait and see once ‘Dexter’ #1 hits the shelves of your local comic shop this coming February.
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