"Supernatural" Creator To Write Vertigo Superhero Comic, Develop TV Adaptation

"Supernatural" creator Eric Kripke will write a superhero comic for Vertigo that will also be developed as a television series for USA Network.

According to Variety, the six-issue "Amped" centers on a neurotic family man who purchases a "smart pill" online to give him a jolt and help him focus, only to discover it has imbued him with incredible strength and power.

Debuting this fall, the miniseries, which "examines both the mighty highs and humiliating lows of being a real-life superhero," features interior art by John Higgins and covers by Brian Bolland.

"Pretty much everything I've ever written has been insanely influenced by Vertigo," Kripke said in a statement, "so it's a dream come true to write my first comic there. 'Amped' is a project I'm foaming-at-the-mouth passionate about- and it's also the most personal, warts-and-all story I've ever told. So I'm having the time of my life writing the comic - and basing the TV series off the comic, too. I can't wait for readers to read it - and then down the road, for watchers to watch it.

The USA adaptation was announced this morning during the cable channel's upfront presentation. Kripke, who at different times was tipped to develop "Deadman" and "The Sandman" for television, will serve as executive producer.

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