Steampunk mystery novel series Newbury & Hobbes will make the leap to comic books in September at London-based Titan Comics, with series creator George Mann on board. CBR has the first details.
Newbury & Hobbes will launch as a comic coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the novel series, which started in 2008 with The Affinity Bridge. The series stars the titular Sir Maurice Newbury and Miss Victoria Hobbes, special agents solving crimes in Victorian England.
Newbury & Hobbes: The Undying will be written by Mann, who has contributed extensively to Titan's Doctor Who comics, and illustrated by Dan Boultwood. Notable for fans of the franchise, the Newbury & Hobbes comic will reintroduce the character of Dr. Aubrey Knox, a "rogue agent and occultist" thought to be dead after the events of 2009's The Osiris Ritual.
"I'm delighted to be bringing Newbury & Hobbes to comics, and even more excited to be working with the excellent Dan Boultwood and the team at Titan Comics, who have worked wonders in bringing their world and its people to life," Mann said in a statement. "It seems particularly apt that on their 10th anniversary, Newbury and Veronica are about to embark on a brand new adventure, filled with creeping horrors, eerie mysteries, terrifying chases and the sinister return of one of the most dangerous villains they’ve ever encountered, from The Osiris Ritual, Dr. Aubrey Knox…"
Each issue of the comic book series will contain a section of a new serialized Newbury & Hobbes short prose story, also written by Mann.
"Monsters, foggy old London town, steam-powered vehicles, masked subterfuge, fine suits and ladies bustles, all the things I love to draw are in Newbury & Hobbes,” Boultwood is quoted in Titan's press release. “This book has been a lot of fun to work on. As a fan of the novels I've loved being able to be a part of bringing one of their stories to visual life, and it's a great story!"
Newbury & Hobbes #1, scheduled for release in September, will ship with three covers, illustrated by Boultwood, Chris Wildgoose and Arianna Florean. The fifth chapter of the novel series, The Revenant Express: A Newbury & Hobbes Investigation, is scheduled for release in Feb. 2019.