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Supernatural Graphic Novel 'Science of Ghosts' Launching in 2021

Lilah Sturges and Alitha E. Martinez will create the project, which touches on queer romance and a murder mystery.
Legendary Comics
Lilah Sturges and Alitha E. Martinez will create the project, which touches on queer romance and a murder mystery.

Legendary Comics has partnered with acclaimed creators Lilah Sturges and Alitha E. Martinez for a new graphic novel that’s part horror story, part whodunnit and part love story. If that sounds like a lot, think of it this way: What else could you expect when you start investigating The Science of Ghosts?

The graphic novel by Sturges (The Magicians, Lumberjanes) and Black Panther: World of Wakanda’s Martinez will center on Joy Ravenna, a transgender parapsychologist asked to investigate potential afterlife activities in the estate of a young heiress — but as it turns out, nothing is what it seems for a woman struggling with her first post-transition relationship, an angry ex-wife and, it seems, a potential murder to investigate.

The Science of Ghosts brings together so many things that fascinate me: psychology, dream logic, the symbolism of ghost narratives, and queer love stories,” Sturges said in a statement. “It is certainly a horror story: it's chock-a-block with dark basements, abandoned hotels and ghosts a plenty. And it's also a murder mystery: twists and turns and clues and secrets abound. But to my mind, it's the romance that makes it special, and it's of a kind that we rarely get to see in mainstream comics: two queer women who adore each other and whose existences are not a jumping-off point for tragedy. Getting to write a trans woman protagonist who loves and is loved, who is defined by what she strives for and how she loves rather than the fact of her transness, has been one of the great joys of my career. She is informed by being trans but she isn't defined by it. And did I mention the ghosts? And the murder? And the romance?”

“I'm very much enjoying the world-building and getting to know the characters that Lilah created,” Martinez added. “Illustrating new books provide their own unique challenges, and I love a challenge.”

The title is edited by former DC co-ordinating editor Jann Jones, who said of the book, “Having been a fan of Lilah and Alitha for so long, I am honored to be able to work with them on The Science of Ghosts. Watching this come to life has been amazing, and I am very proud of this book. Authentic representation is important, and the world needs more characters like Joy and Cat.”

The Science of Ghosts will be released Summer 2021.

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