IDW to Publish 'Eight Million Ways to Die' as Graphic Novel (Exclusive)

John K. Snyder III will adapt Lawrence Block's beloved crime novel.
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John K. Snyder III will adapt Lawrence Block's beloved crime novel.

Matthew Scudder is coming to comics.

Heat Vision can reveal that crime writer Lawrence Block's most famous creation will make his comic book debut in a graphic novel adaptation of the 1982 novel Eight Million Ways to Die, adapted and illustrated by John K. Snyder III, to be released next year by IDW Publishing.

"My goal in adapting this was to create a book that would utilize the comic book medium to tell a story combing prose and pictures, to be entertaining, but at the same time addressing the human condition as well," Snyder said about the project. "The work of Lawrence Block, with its crime noir settings and lively, realistic dialogue and characters, poised a perfect subject to meet this challenge of creating something different for the ever-growing graphic novel audience."

Scudder — a recovering alcoholic who went from cop to private investigator — is a character that might be familiar to movie audiences, having been played by Jeff Bridges in a 1986 adaptation of Eight Million Ways to Die, and by Liam Neeson in 2014's A Walk Among the Tombstones.

Snyder's adaptation of the novel follows IDW's earlier, critically acclaimed adaptations of Richard Stark's Parker novels by the late Darwin Cooke.

"The story contains all the classic entertaining elements of pulp noir, and Matthew Scudder embodies the traditional aspects of a classic private detective," Snyder explained. "In wrestling with and overcoming his personal problems, he becomes a sort of down-to-earth hero in a way that readers can truly relate to. It's an honor to to adapt a work that has been so revered and to have the opportunity to bring Matthew Scudder to the comics page for the first time.”   

The 144-page graphic novel will be released in June 2018.