Tim Truman of Scout, Jonah Hex, Conan and Grimjack fame is teaming up with his son Ben for a new six-issue comic book series from IDW Publishing.
Hawken, according to the press release, tells the story of aging gunman Kitchell Hawken and “his bloody, one-man vendetta against the Tucson Ring, a brotherhood of arms merchants and corrupt politicians who once employed him.” Hawken is joined on the path to vendetta by the ghosts of everyone he’s killed, who are cursed to help him.
“In many ways, it’s not the ghosts who haunt Hawken. It’s Hawken who haunts them. They try to trip him up at every turn,” Tim Truman said. “Folks would be hard pressed to find a character as ruthless and pissed-off as Kit Hawken. He has good reasons for his rampage, and believe me, a rampage it is. For once, the bad men have truly messed with the wrong guy.”
The father and son team co-created the series, which Tim will draw and Ben will script. Ben said the idea came to them while Tim was visiting him in Tucson.
“My parents were visiting here in Arizona, and while driving through Sunset Crater Park I asked Dad if he’s ever seen any accounts where a man had survived a scalping,” Ben Truman said. “Somehow, that kicked it off. Hawken grew from the landscapes of each new place we visited: His name in Flagstaff, his past in Bisbee, the curse in Tempe, his vendetta in Tombstone. By the time we left San Xavier Mission, the first issue was plotted. A year later, we signed a contract with IDW. We all hope this story will grab people like it did us.”