Horror novelist Victor LaValle is set to launch his first comic book series next month from BOOM! Studios, titled “Victor LaValle’s Destroyer” and illustrated by Dietrich Smith. The series provocative premise combines the real-life Black Lives Matters movement with a modern-day take on Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” when, as the official description reads, “the last descendant of the Frankenstein family loses her only son to a police shooting.”
Along with a main cover by artist Micaela Dawn, the first issue will also include a variant by acclaimed comics veteran Brian Stelfreeze, artist of Marvel’s Ta-Nehisi Coates-written “Black Panther” series. CBR has the first look at the cover, which is scheduled for release on May 24.
“All of us seem to be teetering somewhere between annihilation and hope,” LaValle said in BOOM! Studios’ press release. “‘Destroyer’ is the story of a woman, a mad scientist, facing the same dilemma. And her choice might mean the death of every human being on the planet. I’m so excited to be telling this story, and at this exact moment in time. It will be a hell of a lot fun and thought-provoking, too.”
Here’s the main cover illustrated by Micaela Dawn, along with solicitation text:
Victor LaValle’s Destroyer #1
Writer: Victor LaValle
Artist: Dietrich Smith
Cover Artists: Main: Micaela Dawn; FOC: Brian Stelfreeze
Format: 32 pages, full color
On sale: 5/24/17
When the last descendant of the Frankenstein family loses her only son to a police shooting, she turns to science for her own justice…putting her on a crash course with her family’s original monster and his quest to eliminate humanity.
An intense, unflinching story exploring the legacies of love, loss, and vengeance placed firmly in the tense atmosphere and current events of the modern-day United States.