WRAITH: WELCOME TO CHRISTMASLAND #1-7 (Joe Hill/Wilson III)

En parallèle à la sortie de son nouveau roman NOS4A2 (lire Nosforatwo) racontant la confrontation entre Charlie Manx au volant de sa Rolls-Royce 1938 démoniaque et Victoria McQueen sur sa bicyclette, le romancier Joe Hill (Locke & Key) publiera chez IDW Publishing le comics “Wrath: Welcome to Christmasland” en collaboration avec le dessinateur Charles Paul Wilson III (L’étoffe des légendes).

La mini-série en 5 numéros “Wrath: Welcome to Christmasland” raconte l’histoire des premiers “habitants” abandonnés à Christmasland, dimension qui nourrie l’imaginaire du monstrueux Monsieur Manx.
L’histoire se déroule avant les évènements du livre NOS4A2.

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[quote]In a brand-new limited series that will serve as a prequel to his New York Times bestselling novel, NOS4A2, Joe Hill will be taking readers on a dark plunge into the dizzying world of Christmasland. The first comic that Hill has written since the stunning conclusion of his award-winning masterpiece Locke & Key, Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland is equal parts mystery and horror.

According to Hill, “The world of NOS4A2 is very, very big, and I only had a chance to explore a part of it in the course of the novel. I told the story I wanted to tell, but I also feel there’s a lot more to discover. In NOS4A2, we learn about Charles Talent Manx the iii, who has kept himself alive for over a century by draining an essential life force out of children, warping them into giddy monsters. When he’s done with them—when Charlie has what he wants—he takes them to Christmasland, where they live forever and ever in an eternal Christmas Day. They live for fun and are good at having it, whether they’re playing a game of tag… or a bloody game of scissors for the drifter. In Wraith, we’re going back to Christmasland at an earlier time, to find out what happens when some unlucky grown-ups find themselves on Gumdrop Lane, and Charlie’s children decide to have some fun with them. It’s very much a standalone story, and it’s my intention to craft something that can be loved by people who have never cracked the cover of NOS4A2, while hopefully giving those who liked the book a new Charlie Manx tale to enjoy.”

In Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland, Hill is joined by illustrator Charles Paul Wilson III (Stuff of Legend), who provides interior art and creepy Christmasland-themed covers, as well as by his Locke & Key partner Gabriel Rodriguez, who is providing covers for each issue. Issue 1 (re)introduces the reader to Charlie Manx, his world, and his car, a vintage 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith that runs on human souls instead of gasoline. When a luckless child falls into Charlie’s grasp, her new best friend soothes her with a story: his story. From there, the series introduces a new cast of characters to Christmasland, and fully delves into its wonderfully devilish delights, as the sound of sleigh-bells ring in the background…

“NOS4A2 was Joe Hill’s most accomplished novel to date, and its memorable villain Charlie Manx deserves the additional focus this series will bring,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer. “Joe and CP Wilson III have some nightmarishly clever things planned for this series, from an advent calendar-style cover to some bloody good fun on the interiors as well. The readers are really gonna get taken for a ride in this one.”

Joe Hill has made a name for himself as both a successful novelist and comic book author. Frequently publishing short stories and appearing in anthologies, Hill has rapidly become a literary force. His first novel Heart-Shaped Box won the Bram Stoker award for “Best First Novel.” His critically acclaimed comic series from IDW, Locke & Key, was recently optioned for a film by Universal Pictures, and won Hill an Eisner award for “Best Writer.”[/quote]

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[quote=“Jack!”]En parallèle à son nouveau roman NOS4A2 (lire Nosforatwo) qui raconte l’histoire du monstrueux Charlie Manx et de sa Rolls-Royce 1938 démoniaque qui se nourrit de la vitalité des enfants, et de Victoria McQueen qui tente de lui échapper sur sa bicyclette bleue; le romancier Joe Hill (Locke & Key) publiera chez IDW Publishing le comics Wrath: Welcome to Christmasland en collaboration avec le dessinateur Charles Paul Wilson III (L’étoffe des légendes).

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En lisant ça, j’ai l’impression de “redécouvrir” le Stephen King que j’ai découvert (et que j’aimais) il y a une trentaine d’années.

Ceci dit son fils a su, sans conteste et avec talent (à mon avis), s’émanciper d’une telle tutelle.

En tout cas, il sait choisir ses artistes.

[quote]The Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland #1
Story by Joe Hill
Art by Charles P. Wilson III
Cover by Gabriel Rodriguez
Publisher IDW
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date Wed, November 13th, 2013
Joe Hill’s New York Times Bestselling novel, NOS4A2, introduced readers to the terrifying funhouse world of Christmasland, and the mad man who rules there: Charlie Talent Manx III. Now, in an original new comic miniseries, Hill throws wide the candy cane gates to tell a standalone story that is at once both accessible to new readers, and sure to delight fans of the book.[/quote]

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[quote]Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland #2
Story by Joe Hill
Art by Charles P. Wilson III
Cover by Charles P. Wilson III
Publisher IDW
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date Wed, December 11th, 2013
Desperate men will do desperate things. It was desperation that drove Chess Llewelyn to commit a crime that bought him seven years hard time… and it’s desperation of another sort that drives the King Geek, Denis Sikes, to attempt a jailbreak of staggering ingenuity and violence. Chess will find himself hauled along for the ride: a ride so terrifying it could almost be one of the attractions in scenic Christmasland![/quote]

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[quote]Wraith #3
Story by Joe Hill
Art by Charles Paul Wilson III
Colors by Jay Fotos
Letters by Robbie Robbins
Cover by Charles Paul Wilson III
Publisher IDW
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date Wed, January 15th, 2014
Three escaped convicts are looking for a set of wheels that can carry them to freedom. Charlie Manx has just the ride they need… but when they get to Christmasland, they’ll wish they went to prison instead. Ten years of hard time looks pretty easy compared to 24 hours in a frozen graveyard disguised as the world’s coldest, cruelest amusement park.[/quote]

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[quote]Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland #5
Story by Joe Hill
Art by Charles P. Wilson III
Cover by Charles P. Wilson III
Publisher IDW
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date Wed, March 26th, 2014
Chapter 5: The Rules of the Game: The hunt has begun: Christmasland’s prisoners are falling one by one, slaughtered among the park’s dark amusements. The only way out has vanished, darkness is coming, and Charlie Manx’s children are everywhere. Chess Llewellyn and Agnes Claiborne have one hope—to figure out the rules of this new, impossible landscape and find a loophole that will allow them to fly away.[/quote]

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[quote]Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland #6
Story by Joe Hill
Art by Charles Paul Wilson III
Colors by Jay Fotos
Letters by Robbie Robbins
Cover by Charles Paul Wilson III, Charlie Charleston, Gabriel Rodriguez
Publisher IDW
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date Wed, May 14th, 2014
Chapter 5: “Shoot the Moon.” A laughing malevolent moon rises over Christmasland, and turns red snow black, as Agnes Claiborne and Chess Llewellyn make a final doomed, desperate run for freedom. Every cruel child is on the hunt for them; every cruel ride is engineered for their destruction. As if that wasn’t bad enough, King Geek is looking to claim a new title for himself… as the new Lord of Christmasland![/quote]

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[quote]Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland #7
Story by Joe Hill
Art by Charles Paul Wilson III
Colors by Jay Fotos
Letters by Robbie Robbins
Cover by Charles Paul Wilson III
Publisher IDW
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date Wed, June 11th, 2014
Epilogue: “Phantoms.” You have worked the big grift your whole life, conning a fortune off the rubes and always on the run from enemies, shadows, and phantoms. But no one outruns the Wraith… not with Charlie Manx behind the wheel.[/quote]

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[quote]Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland HC
Story by Joe Hill
Art by Charles Paul Wilson III
Colors by Jay Fotos
Letters by Robbie Robbins
Cover by Gabriel Rodriguez
Publisher IDW
Cover Price: $29.99
Release Date Wed, July 30th, 2014
Joe Hill’s New York Times bestselling novel, NOS4A2, introduced readers to the terrifying funhouse world of Christmasland and the mad man who rules there: Charlie Talent Manx III. Now, in an original new comic miniseries, Hill throws wide the candy cane gates to tell a standalone story that is at once both accessible to new readers and sure to delight fans of the book.[/quote]

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