2:28pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Dynamite Revives 'Reanimator' for New Comic Book Series
Somewhat fittingly, it appears that Herbert West is about to find himself reincarnated for a brand new audience. The mad scientist obsessed with overcoming death, created by H.P. Lovecraft almost a century ago, will make his grand reappearance in Reanimator, a new comic book miniseries from Dynamite Entertainment launching this spring.
Written by Keith Davidsen with art by Randy Valiente, the new series will see West — who debuted in a serial appearing in the journal Home Brew in 1921, written by Lovecraft in part as a parody of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein — moving to New Orleans and recruiting a new sidekick in his quest to overcome death itself. Unfortunately, other forces aren’t particularly excited about the voodoo that he does so well.
“That's the beauty of the character,” Davidsen said in a statement accompanying the announcement of the series. “He's so fanatical with his zombie-creating agenda that he'll clash with anyone that threatens his work. We’re introducing some truly fearsome rivals for West to face, including elements of Lovecraft's own Cthulhu mythos, and horror fans will love seeing how West navigates or conquers them."
Dynamite publisher Nick Barrucci said that the new series will help the franchise — which has so far included a 1985 movie and, somewhat surprisingly, a musical remake of same — “realize its untapped potential.” The company has previously featured the Herbert West character in its Army of Darkness comic series, as well as a 2005 Reanimator one-shot comic book.
Reanimator No. 1 will be released digitally and in comic book stores this April.