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DC Reinvents Classic Hero as Young Black Man in “Vigilante: Southland”

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DC Reinvents Classic Hero as Young Black Man in “Vigilante: Southland”

Writer Gary Phillips and artist Elena Casagrande will transfer the Vigilante identity to a new bearer and locale for “The Vigilante: Southland,” a new six-issue miniseries from DC Comics that takes place in Los Angeles. The Vigilante mantle will pass from Greg Saunders and Adrian Chase to Donny Fairchild, who becomes a masked crusader after the death of his girlfriend and his attempted murder.

“This take on Vigilante incorporates current social and political issues, making ‘The Vigilante: Southland’ both relevant and contemporary, which sounds like an incredible direction to take new stories featuring this character,” DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Dan DiDio said in a statement. “Gary’s experience with crime fiction will give Vigilante an edginess and grittiness that hasn’t been seen before.”

“‘The Vigilante: Southland’ is incredibly relevant to our times,” added Phillips. “It’s a politically tinged story that touches on a myriad of contemporary issues, such as gun violence, class struggle and Black Lives Matter. The book also provides me an opportunity to contemporize classic issues/tropes, like the fight over water rights in Southern California. I’m very excited to show readers this character, reimagined for the 21st century.”

According to the series description,

“The Vigilante: Southland” is the story of Donny Fairchild, a failed NBA player who’s just making ends meet as a maintenance man. When his girlfriend stumbles on a conspiracy to steal water rights through a series of shady land-development deals, she’s mysteriously murdered. Once Donny starts getting too close to the cause of her death, his house is blown up and he’s left for dead. Determined to bring the killers to justice, Donny undergoes training from an urban legend known as the Eastsider to become a masked vigilante.

The new series boasts colors by Giulia Brusco and covers by Mitch Gerads.

“The Vigilante: Southland” is scheduled to go on sale October 5.

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