The new year will bring a new look to "The Black Hood," part of Archie Comics' mature readers crime noir line, Dark Circle Comics. As announced at Entertainment Weekly, "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" artist Robert Hack will guest-illustrate January's "The Black Hood" #8, with Greg Scott joining as new series artist the following month, with issue #9.
Both issues were originally solicited with Jessica Jones co-creator Michael Gaydos on art, who illustrated the book's first six issues, with #7 drawn by comics legend Howard Chaykin. Writer Duane Swierczynski remains on the book.
"I'm thrilled to have Robert Hack and Greg Scott on the team," Swierczynski told EW. "For one thing, their short, spare surnames offset my ridiculous, consonant-laden surname. (There's only so much room on the cover, folks.) But more importantly, their spare, lean, noir styles offer a new window into the sordid world of the Black Hood. I feel like a TV showrunner blessed to be working with some of the most stylish directors out there."
Dark Circle line editor/Archie Comics SVP of Publicity and Marketing Alex Segura told EW that "Black Hood" has been getting attention from Hollywood as a potential feature film. "While I can't say much, there has been a ton of interest in a Black Hood movie in Hollywood, so fans should expect an announcement very soon."
As for Hack's "Sabrina," the next issue (#5) of the acclaimed but infrequently released series written by Archie Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, currently does not have a scheduled release date, but is expected in early 2016.