Beau Smith brings 'Wynonna Earp' to life for IDW

Redneck vampires without tan lines, werewolf biker bounty hunters, a mummy hitman for the Egyptian Mafia and the badge-carrying, gun-totin' great-great granddaughter of Wyatt Earp: enforcing supernatural law has never been this unique.

With Wynonna Earp, Beau Smith has created one of the most entertainingand interesting properties of the year, a character and storyline thatcrosses over numerous pop culture genres. It has action, horror, anddark humor with quirky characters and dialogue that leaves the readerthinking, "I wish I'd said that!"

Smith is noted for a writing style that makes the reader care more about the character's life than about explosions, guns and multi-colored spandex costumes. He writes characters the reader wants to be, and Wynonna Earp is no exception. She's a descendent of the famous lawman Wyatt Earp and the top special agent for a new U.S. Marshal Special Operations Unit, known among other government agencies as "The Monster Squad."

Joining Smith on this cinematic saga is Joyce Chin of Xena: WarriorPrincess fame. Chin handles the pencils on the first story arc, asWynonna Earp tries to bust Bobo Del Rey and his redneck, trailer-trashvampires who are selling a new killer designer drug called "Hemo."Unlike those sissy vampires that Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt played, theseare stump-jumping, ATV riding, Andy Griffith-watching blood suckers that love slathering up with Coppertone and getting a tan.

The artist on the second story arc is fan-favorite and driving forcebehind the hit comic series The Transformers, Pat Lee. Pat's art fitsaround Smith's script like a tight dress on Jennifer Lopez. This arcdeals with Earp trying to prevent the Egyptian Mafia's mummy hitmanRaduk, Eater Of The Dead, from killing all the other crime bosses.Wynonna has to side up with a former U.S Marshal that now works as anassassin for his uncle Vito.

Noted inker and surfer Mark Irwin is the ink master over the whole book. He adds his solid line work and enhances both the pencils of Chin and Lee.

The cover is provided by hot discovery David Cabrera. His unique senseof color and design will soon have him the talk of the comic book world.

"This is my way of joining everything that I ever loved into one bigparty -- the real and mythical Old West done in modern times, classicmonsters with a serious twist, and just enough tongue-in-cheek humor tomake ya think it's your first French kiss all over again," said creatorand writer Beau Smith.

Wynonna Earp will be published by IDW Publishing in October 2002. It's112 black-and-white pages and retails for $17.99.

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