"Baltimore" collaborators Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden first introduced Joe Golem in the 2012 illustrated novel "Joe Golem and the Drowning City," and the character will take the natural step into comic books this fall at Dark Horse Comics. The five-issue "Joe Golem: Occult Detective" series will be co-written by Mignola and Golden, with interior art by Patric Reynolds (recently of Dark Horse's "Aliens: Fire and Stone") and covers by Dave Palumbo. CBR has the exclusive first look at Palumbo's cover to "Joe Golem: Occult Detective" #2.
"For years now, since we first saw 'Baltimore' work as a comic, Chris and I have talked about doing comic book sequels and prequels to Joe Golem," Mignola said in the press release announcing the series. "But, as always, we needed to find just the right artist and when I saw Patric Reynolds' recent work on an 'Alien' comic I knew he could pull off the world we created in the novel and capture the mood we were looking for. When you find the right artist for something you don't want to let him get away."
"Joe Golem: Occult Detective" is said to feature the Jewish folklore-inspired title character pursuing a "horrifying creature that is pulling children into the depths of the city's canals." Similar to "Baltimore," the "Joe Golem" series takes place outside of the shared continuity of Mignola's "Hellboy," "BPRD" and "Frankenstein Underground."
"Joe Golem is full of pulpy goodness, weird alternate history, monsters, and magic and it's full of insanity you're not going to find anywhere else," Golden said in a statement. "We're telling the story of Joe Golem: Occult Detective, solving mysteries in the flooded streets of mid-20th century lower Manhattan with the ancient Simon Church, who's keeping himself alive with magic and machinery at the same time he's keeping Joe in the dark about his own origins."
"Joe Golem: Occult Detective" is set to debut from Dark Horse Comics in November.