Stories From Pulp Publisher Hard Case Crime Coming to Titan Comics

The beloved modern pulp imprint will launch a comics imprint with a new project from '48 Hrs' director Walter Hill.
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Titan Comics, the British publisher known for licensed output that includes titles based on the BBC's Doctor Who as well as Independence Day: Resurgence and the Assassin's Creed franchise, is planning on getting into crime this fall. Well, crime comics, at least — the company is teaming with well-known modern pulp publisher Hard Case Crime for an imprint of all-new crime series.

"Before I became a mystery reader, I was a comic book fan — so the chance to expand Hard Case Crime into the world of comics is a dream come true," said Hard Case Crime founder and editor Charles Ardai in a statement about the partnership. "Hard Case Crime is already known for its sexy, stylish artwork, and the sharp, tough, high-velocity stories we tell are a natural for the medium."

The imprint launches with two series debuting in October. Triggerman, set in Prohibition-era Chicago, will be created and written by 48 Hrs and The Warriors' Walter Hill and co-writer Matz, with art by Jef, while Peepland, a punk noir that takes place in 1980s New York City, will come from novelists Christa Faust and Gary Phillips and artist Andrea Camerini.

Covers for the initial releases will come from a number of artists, including The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina's Robert Hack, Doctor Who and 2000 AD's Alex Ronald and Marvel and DC veteran Dennis Calero.

Hard Case launched in 2004, mixing reprints of classic pulp novels with new material written especially for the line by the likes of Stephen King, Mickey Spillane and Lawrence Block. Originally an imprint of Dorchester Publishing, it shifted to Titan Books — parent company of Titan Comics — in 2011.

Future titles in the imprint will be revealed in upcoming months, although Titan did let it slip that Max Allan Collins will be creating a comic book series based on his Quarry novel series for 2017 release.

Triggerman is scheduled for release digitally and in comic stores Oct. 5, with Peepland following a week later.