SDCC: Van Lente, Engler Will Bring "Z Nation" to Comics in New "Black Summer" Miniseries

"Marvel Zombies" scribe Fred Van Lente will bring SyFy's "Z Nation" to comics alongside series creator Craig Engler in a new Dynamite Entertainment miniseries. The canonical prequel will take place one year before the television series and tell all-new stories about the main cast of characters.

According to the official description, "Z Nation: Black Summer" will be "set in Year Two of the Zpocalypse, when a drought sweeps across the U.S. just as the last of the canned food runs out. The few survivors that remain become increasingly desperate, turning against one another in a brutal struggle for a potential new food source that could spell the difference between life and death."

"It's a fast-paced adventure that features 'Z Nation's' signature mixture of horror, humor and heart, and will be a great entry point for new readers while delighting existing fans of the show," said Engler, who will co-write the series.

"'Z-Nation' is my kind of zombie story -- full of equal parts gore and fun, with lots of great characters too. I am thrilled to be exploring the mythology of some of the fan-favorite heroes on the show and capturing the early days of the Z-pocalypse. And to do it with my friend and co-creator Craig Engler is an extra special treat," added Van Lente.

"SyFy's 'Z Nation' series has had fans in the Dynamite office since the very first episode, back in 2014," shared Dynamite CEO and Publisher Nick Barrucci. "It has a great premise that distinguishes itself from most zombie shows and movies. We are all really excited about this book and how it expands on the world of the series, showing us things that have only been hinted at before. When we had the opportunity to work on a canon comic series with the show creator himself Craig [Engler] as well as with co-writer [Fred Van Lente], we jumped at the chance."

"Z Nation: Black Summer" will go on sale in early 2017.

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