Dark Horse Comics announced yesterday that Francesco Francavilla‘s pulp-inspired The Black Beetle will be making its way into the pages of Dark Horse Presents.
Dark Horse Presents has been a great way for creators to showcase their creator-owned work, so it makes perfect sense that Dark Horse approached Francavilla to bring his pulp-noir hero of Colt City to the anthology comic series.
Francavilla is writing and drawing a 24-page story entitled “Night Shift” that will spread across three separate issues of the anthology comic starting in Dark Horse Presents #11. If you’ve seen any of Francavilla’s work on comic books like Detective Comics and Black Panther or his art from Cap and Bucky, then you can tell that the pulp-noir style of 30s and 40s is heavily influential on his art. So, having a strict pulp story from Francavilla that’s easily available is something that many of his fans want.
And it’s clear that this is something that Francavilla actually wants to do, as you can see from the quote here below:
As a huge fan of pulp and noir, working on my own characters and stories really gives me free reign to explore this world and create lots of fun scenarios and thrilling situations. The stories are definitely full of mystery and intrigue, plus I get to give The Black Beetle lots of cool and funky gadgets. “˜Night Shift’ promises to be full of action, excitement, danger, and double-crosses, so I am overjoyed to see this new tale in print, and hope this is the first of many more to come in Dark Horse Presents.
That’s all well and good, Francesco, but I’m going to tell you this: While it’s wonderful that we’ll see these 24 pages of new material for the super cool Black Beetle in Dark Horse Presents, it would be way cooler if we got a monthly series of this character. Just saying, I’d rather read a Black Beetle comic book over about 90% of the other books I’m reading month to month.
If you want to see more from Francesco Francavilla, check out his official site, his pulp blog, and also take a look at some Black Beetle art here below.