Official Press Release
Markosia Enterprises Ltd. is proud to announce that they have acquired the rights to adapt the top selling series of novels, THE TEMPLAR CHRONICLES, for comics. “HERETIC, book one of the Templar Chronicles, is the first in a new dark fantasy series by Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild Award nominee Joe Nassise, in which modern Templar Knights act as a secret combat arm of the Vatican and are charged with defending mankind from the supernatural.
￼”We are very pleased to have the chance to work with Mr. Nassise”, stated Markosia Managing Partner and Director, Harry Markos. “HERETIC plays so nicely into such a visual medium as comics. I couldn’t put it down from the first minutes I started reading the book.”
The story takes place in the here and now. The ancient Templar Order has been resurrected as a secret combat arm of the Vatican, charged with defending mankind from the supernatural enemies that surround us. The world at large is unaware of the Order’s existence and the Templars take great pains to keep it that way. “Sometimes the Lord’s work is best accomplished in the shadows”, is a popular saying among the troops.
At center stage is Knight Commander Cade Williams, a veteran of the Order and a man torn between his thirst for vengeance and his need to discover what happened to him during an encounter with a supernatural entity five years before. Cade leads the famed Echo Team, a special forces-style unit that is called in only when the situation has become particularly dire. Echo is the best of the best, there is no doubt about that, but the fact that they are led by a man rumored to have more than a few unusual abilities of his own leave many within the Order more than a little uncomfortable in dealing with them.
Darkness surrounds us, even in the light of day, and the series is designed to reflect this. In the Templar world, all is not as it seems, and it is up to the Order to protect man from his own ignorance.
Adapting the book for comics will be Chuck Satterlee, who also writes THE LEXIAN CHRONICLES (issue 8-on) for Markosia as well as his two creator-owned series. (OF BITTER SOULS with Norm Breyfogle and SMOKE & MIRROR) The artist for the series will be newcomer and artist extraordinaire, Loren Meyer. Loren has been hard at work on the series for some time now and will be penciling, inking and coloring all issues.
“Joe and I have been working very closely on the series.” says Satterlee. “It has been wonderful getting to peek into Joe’s head for advice as we go. Adaptations are hard work as we need to fit an entire novel into a six-issue mini-series.”
The series will be solicited later this fall for a late 2006/early 2007 release.
Nassise, a former president of the Horror Writers Association, says “Script writer Chuck Satterlee has done a tremendous job of adapting the novel, with just the right amount of action and intrigue. When I saw his work paired with the art from Loren, I knew Markosia had put together a winning combination!”
Markosia Enterprises, Ltd. is a UK based publisher, specializing in comic books. For more information, please contact Chuck Satterlee at this e-mail address.
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