IDW Publishing will be bringing back their Infestation series, with the aptly named Infestation 2. The first Infestation dealt with a zombie invasion attacking some of IDWâ€™s most popular licensed properties such as GI Joe, Transformers, Ghostbusters, and Star Trek. This time around, itâ€™s not zombies, itâ€™s Lovecraftian â€œOld Onesâ€ gods attacking from across time and space.
The Infestation starts in January with Infestation 2 #1, written by Duane Swierczynski (Moon Knight) with art by David Messina (Infestation: Outbreak). From there, the story continues in February in Infestation 2: Transformers #1 and #2, written by Chuck Dixon, with art by Guido Guidi. Infestation 2: Dungeons & Dragons: Eberron #1 and #2 are also out in February, and will bring a new campaign setting to IDWâ€™s D&D books. Those issues will by written by D&D novelist Paul Krill.
The last February book will be Infestation 2: Team-Up. Infestation Team-Up, which includes a meeting between Bat Boy (from Weekly World News) and Archibald the alien (from Groom Lake). Team-Up is written by IDW Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall and will be illustrated by Weekly World News artist Alan Robinson. Team-Up features covers by The Goonâ€™s Eric Powell and Bill Morrison (The Simpsons).
In March, we get Infestation in the pages of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and GI Joe with Infestation 2: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 and #2, written by Tristan Jones, art by Mike Torres. Infestation 2: GI Joe #1 and #2 is written by Mike Raicht, with art by Valentine de Landro.
Finally, April will see the release of Infestation 2: 30 Days of Night, and then the story wraps up in Infestation 2 #2. Infestation 2: 30 Days of Night is written by Swierczynski, with art by Stuart Sayger and will look at how the Lovecraft demons affect vampires. Then Infestation 2 #2 brings the Swierczynski and Messina team back together to bring the series to a close. Each issue of Infestation 2 will have a connected cover drawn by Livio Ramondelli, as well as special incentive temporary tattoos.
In a statement released by IDW, Ryall said this about the series: â€œLast year, we were just figuring out how to do a monstrous event for the first time. This year, weâ€™re going to build on the monstrous part, both in terms of story, titles affected and the threat itself. So people can expect a bigger event here, with lots of legs. Well, tentacles, anyway. Weâ€™ve got great creators and a very exciting plan to give people more of what they liked the first time, with some crazy twists and new properties affected, too.â€
The first Infestation was a pretty cool event, bringing zombies into titles that you wouldnâ€™t normally expect to see them in. The sequel sounds like it is looking to recapture that idea, but change it just enough to feel fresh. Hopefully they do as good a job with this one as they did on the first.