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Scott Snyder's first three Comixology titles get a new trailer

Writer Scott Snyder's slate of upcoming Comixology original titles is shaping up to launch in October with three books kicking off throughout the month. Now, Comixology has released a teaser trailer showing off some of what fans can expect during what the publisher has dubbed 'Scottober.'

The three titles kicking off in October are We Have Demons #1 by Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo on October 5th, then Clear #1 by Snyder and artist Frances Manapul on October 12, and finally Night of the Ghoul #1 by Snyder and artist Francesco Francavilla on October 19. Comixology will then take their October Scott Snyder releases weekly with a sampler of the other titles Snyder and company have planned, to release on October 26.

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Scott Snyder has signed what could be an eight-book deal with Amazon subsidiary Comixology and Dark Horse Books. This deal covers seven upcoming comic book series and one illustrated prose book Snyder has written with his recently-launched production company, Best Jackett Press.

"Massive in scope and creative range, these comics embrace all the things you love about Scott Snyder as a writer, while offering stories that are unexpected and new," says Comixology's head of content Chip Mosher. "Teamed with the best artists in the business, these creator-owned comics range from horror and sci-fi to historical fiction, there's truly something for everyone."

The eight books in this deal see Snyder teaming up with many of his most popular artistic collaborators from his time at DC. Here is a breakdown of each book, along with covers and other art:

We Have Demons

Scott Snyder reunites with penciler Greg Capullo and inker Jonathan Glapion for a series he compares to "Spawn meets Batman meets metal." The "out of control horror" series follows a teenage kid who discovers a clandestine between good and evil involving secret societies and monsters. 

Dave McCaig will be coloring this series.

Barnstormers 

Artist Lula Lotay re-teams with her AllStar Batman #7 (opens in new tab) writer Scott Snyder for what Comixology describes as "a high flying adventure romance set just after the First World War."

Dee Cunniffe will be coloring the series with Lotay.

The Book of Evil

Snyder is returning to prose in The Book of Evil for a story about a Stephen King-esque coming of age story following four adolescents living in a near-future where most of humanity are born psychopaths.

Snyder's 'Black Mirror (opens in new tab)' and Wytches partner Jock is drawing illustrations for the series.

Canary

Artistic powerhouse Dan Panosian is teaming up with Snyder for a late 19th century western. In this horror series, a mine collapses onto itself - and it's somehow tied into a dark substance found 666 feet - exactly 666 feet - underground.

Clear

Scott Snyder and his Justice League: No Justice (opens in new tab) artistic partner Francis Manapul are back together with a sci-fi mystery set in a strange future where everyone has a constant neurological internet connection. As you can imagine, there'd be problems.

Duck and Cover

The team behind American Vampire (opens in new tab) is creating a new creator-owned series, once again delving into history and America. This manga-influenced series is a throwback post-apocalyptic story set in 1955 America. 

Dudley Datson and the Forever Machine

Snyder is diving headlong into the Young Adult section with this new series with artists Jamal Igle and Juan Castro. In what could be a great companion to Igle's own Molly Danger (opens in new tab) series, Dudley Datson and the Forever Machine is about a boy, his dog, and a time machine.

The series will be colored by Chris Sotomayor. 

Night of the Ghoul

Previously teased online and at conventions, Night of the Ghoul is Snyder and artist Francesco Francavilla's halcyonic Hollywood horror story about a lost film whose reels are said to be haunted.


Best Jackett Press

(Image credit: Emma Price (Best Jackett Press))

All eight Best Jackett Press comic book series will debut digital-first on Amazon's Comixology and Kindle platforms and be available free to Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, or Comixology Unlimited accounts. After that, Dark Horse will publish print editions - some as original graphic novels, some as first as serialized issues.

Several of these books will debut in October 2021, with more details to be announced later in the year.

"This historic, multi-title deal with comiXology Originals has enabled us to assemble a murderers' row of artists and together we're challenging ourselves creatively to work outside of our comfort zones and really lean into the possibilities of making comics," Snyder says. "This deal allows me the freedom to explore the kind of storytelling I've wanted to try for a long time, while supporting my need to try something that's not totally comfortable for me."

Last year, Snyder's Best Jackett Press was launched in advance of the Image Comics series Nocterra to act as a shingle for Snyder's various creator-owned projects. As the writer told Newsarama in August 2020, Best Jacket Press is about him "entering a new phase in my career" with creator-owned work after 10 years almost exclusively with DC.

Former DC/Vertigo editor Will Dennis will be the editor for all eight books, after already editing Snyder's Undiscovered Country (opens in new tab), Wytches (opens in new tab), Nocterra (opens in new tab), and the upcoming series Chain.

"One of the things I'm so excited about is experimenting to find new ways to build and nurture a community of readers," says Snyder. "We want each release to be an event and we can't wait for readers to see what we have planned, whether they're reading via Comixology Unlimited, print, or both."

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Chris Arrant covered comic book news for Newsarama from 2003 to 2022 (and as editor/senior editor from 2015 to 2022) and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)