Fans of IDW’s recent True Blood series will be happy to know that a second series is on its way next year. The as-yet-untitled miniseries will be co-written by Michael McMillian, who plays the Fellowship of the Sun’s charismatic reverend Steve Newlin on the HBO show, and Marc Andreyko (Manhunter, Pantheon). The comic will feature several characters who didn’t appear in the first volume, including Newlin, Jessica Hamby, Hoyt Fortenberry, Terry Bellefleur, Arlene Fowler and Jesus Velasquez.
“The plot kicks off when bottles of Tru Blood are contaminated with this mysterious ingredient that makes vampires go, basically, insane,” McMillian told Entertainment Weekly’s Shelf Life blog. “They go crazy. They lose sense of all sort of moral center, and they pretty much go feral and attack anything and everything in sight. What happens is they reach Bon Temps and the lips of a very beloved vampire character. Sookie and the rest of the characters are trying to figure out: Who’s behind the contamination? How can they save their friend? That’s sort of where the whole arc starts off.”
He compared the contaminated beverage to the “BP oil spill or the contaminated Tylenol pills,” a PR nightmare where vampires who live among humans will see bottle of Tru Blood pulled from shelves. That can’t be good for human-vampire relations, can it?
No word on the art team. The new series starts Feb. 23. The collection of the first series, pictured above, comes out Feb. 8.