9:00am PT by Graeme McMillan
Werewolf Western 'High Moon' Returns With All-New Material (Exclusive)
There's a bad moon on the rise, and the West will never be quite as wild again. Papercutz is bringing the cult classic comic High Moon back into print, complete with an all-new conclusion to the horror Western that originally debuted online a decade ago.
High Moon, created by David Gallaher and Steve Ellis — a pairing who have since produced the critically acclaimed Only Living Boy series, also for Papercutz — first appeared as part of DC Entertainment's short-lived digital comics imprint Zuda Comics in 2007. As part of that arrangement, two print volumes were released by DC, but the new arrangement with Papercutz's Super Genius imprint, headed up by former Marvel editor Jim Salicrup, will finish off the storyline with a third volume that includes never-before-seen material.
The high concept behind the series is simple: A former Pinkerton agent turned bounty hunter is looking into just what's troubling a small Texas town, only to discover that the answer is — somewhat unexpectedly — werewolves. During its original serialization, High Moon won a Harvey Award for best online series, and also was nominated for best new series at the 2009 awards.
"The Western is experiencing a renaissance with smart new stories, like the genre-bending Westworld and the upcoming Logan and The Dark Tower films," co-creator Gallaher told The Hollywood Reporter. "These are epic tales of lawlessness and justice, set against a savage, unforgiving landscape. With High Moon, we're wrestling with those same themes while breaking a lot of the genre's tropes. Plus there’s a certain wicked glee about having shootouts at sundown with a werewolf."
The new editions — which will be released in a larger format than the original DC editions — will feature new cover artwork from Ellis, who has also worked as storyboard artist and illustrator for AMC's Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead games. All three volumes will be simultaneously published in hardcover and paperback formats, for $24.99 and $14.99, respectively.
The first volume, High Moon: Bullet Holes and Bite Marks, will be released in October, with the second following in May 2018.