Free Read: Steve Niles Original ‘The Thing’ Digital Comic ‘The Northman Nightmare’
Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 at 12:56 pm
As the October 14 theatrical release of The Thing prequel draws near, Dark Horse Comics will be premiering a new digital comic set in the universe of the film on its on its website today, but the Hero Complex has has snagged an exclusive 8-page preview of the comic written by Steve Niles (30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre) with art by Patrick Reynolds. You can check out the first full page of the comic, The Thing: The Northman Nightmare, here below.
In the site’s interview with the horror master, Niles talks at length about how the project came about, its relationship (or lack thereof) to the forthcoming Thing prequel, his thoughts about working in the horror genre, and working with John Carpenter (the director of the 1982 Thing) on the story for the F.E.A.R. 3 video game.
I got to sit and talk to John a lot. I got to ask him a lot of questions about ‘The Thing’. There are so many reasons why I love John Carpenter and ‘The Thing’, but one of the reasons that I love John so much is that he’s a true pioneer. He gets his movies made, hell or hot water, and if he can do it within the Hollywood system, he’ll do it; if not, he’ll step outside and do it. He always finds a way to get it done. I’ve always found him incredibly inspirational.
You can read more of the Steve Niles interview over at Hero Complex. The Thing digital comic, entitled The Northman Nightmare goes live on the Dark Horse Comics website some time today and also via the Dark Horse Comics mobile app.
The Thing: The Northman Nightmare tells the origin story of pioneering Norsemen who discover a shape-shifting creature that is hiding in a desolate village with few human survivors.
In December 1991, Dark Horse Comics first published The Thing From Another World #1. In the style of Aliens, Predator and Terminator, Dark Horse Comics picked up where John Carpenter’s classic 1982 film left off. Now, 20 years later, Dark Horse shares a much earlier story about this creature from beneath the ice.
Taking us into frigid Greenland, the comic introduces us to a group of Norsemen who find themselves caught in a game of survival when they discover a terrifying creature. The shape-shifting monster has the ability to turn itself into a perfect replica of any living being. It can look just like you or me, but inside, it remains inhuman. And it hides somewhere in a desolate village with few human survivors, among them a strange group of women…