Nocenti, Gaydos Join McMillian for "True Blood" Ongoing

A posting on the HBO Online Store for IDW Publishing's "True Blood" ongoing series has revealed the full creative team on "True Blood" Series 4. The ongoing will be written by "Green Arrow" writer Ann Nocenti and "True Blood" actor Michael McMillian with creative collaboration from "True Blood" producer Alan Ball and art by Michael Gaydos. IDW initially posted the pre-order link on its Facebook Page with a cover image of "True Blood" #1. At this time, IDW has not released specific details were posted about the direction of the series or how it will link to the critically acclaimed HBO television show.

Nocenti recently returned to comics after a fifteen-year hiatus to the New 52's "Green Arrow." In 2011, the former "Daredevil" writer expounded on her excitement coming back to comics.

"I did a monthly for DC, "Kid Eternity," but I'm having all these flashbacks to writing "Daredevil" and the affectionate bond that develops between you and your character and how they're always in your head," Nocenti told CBR News. "Everywhere you go and everything you do, it's sort of like they become your pal; they're hanging out in your head! [Laughs] It's a really sweet feeling to have this heroic buddy that you carry around with you; when I do things, he's always there. I don't quite have that feeling yet, completely, for Green Arrow, because I've only just started. I remember over the years with Daredevil, he became quite real for me. It's a lot of fun."

McMillian co-wrote IDW's second "True Blood" series, "Tainted Love," and is also known for his Archaia series "Lucid." The writer/actor spoke with CBR News in 2011 about "Tainted Love" and his view on comics expanding the "True Blood" universe and mythology.

"I think the comic can play a role in exploring areas of the 'True Blood' world that the show may not be able to get to," McMillian said. "Marc [Andreyko] came up with the wonderful idea of Tru Blood bottles getting contaminated with an element that causes vampires to go crazy. Since the bottled blood is the link between vampire/human relations, it's such a great device to mess with. Tainting that symbolic connection seemed like an apt reflection of where vampire/human relations were left off in Season 3. On another level, the theme of contamination is at play with the main cast of characters. Their lives have been drastically affected since Bill walked into Sookie's life. Are they themselves tainted? A lot of our characters kick off the series with a longing to return to the way things were before... to reclaim a feeling of lost, perhaps even false, innocence."

IDW announced the "True Blood" ongoing series in late 2011 following three miniseries based on the television show: "True Blood: All Together Now," "True Blood: Tainted Love" and "True Blood: The French Quarter."

Stay tuned to CBR News for more on IDW's "True Blood" ongoing series.

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