Supernatural Crime Comic 'Abbott: 1973' in the Works

Abbott 1973 Announcement
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Creators Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivelä return for a second outing of the series.

An election sabotaged by mysterious unseen forces leads one journalist to dangerous places in her attempt to make things right. It might sound a little too close to reality for comfort, but it’s the plot of Abbott: 1973, the second outing for Boom! Studios’ period crime thriller, launching early next year.

The five-issue series sees the return of Elena Abbott, the uncompromising detective in 1970s Detroit who debuted earlier this year in Boom!’s first Abbott miniseries, as she continues to tackle both corruption in the city’s political system and supernatural threats connected to the same. Also returning are character creators Saladin Ahmed (Miles Morales: Spider-Man) and Sami Kivelä (Machine Gun Wizards), who’ll write and draw the new series, respectively.

"I'm ridiculously thrilled to bring readers a new chapter in Elena Abbott's life! The first series generated incredible excitement and energy, and we've fed off of that to bring you an even bigger story,” Ahmed said in a statement about the project. “It's 1973, Elena is living her best life with Amelia, and Detroit is preparing to elect its first Black mayor. But while Elena's powers have grown, they may not be enough to stop the shadows that have seized those closest to her — shadows that threaten to engulf the whole city."

Kivelä added, “It’s been fun to dive back into the world of Abbott. I’m eager to show you all what’s going on in Detroit in 1973. If you thought that the city had calmed down, you couldn’t be more mistaken!”

Abbott: 1973 will be colored by Mattia Iacono, with letters from Jim Campbell. The series will launch digitally and in comic book stores in January 2021, with a first issue featuring covers from Taj Tenfold, Jenny Frison, and Raúl Allén, all of which can be seen below.