Although it's now been officially announced at WonderCon, news trickled out a little early on the HBO website and on Twitter that IDW Publishing will release a six-issue miniseries based on the hit drama True Blood.
What's more, the show's fans may buy the comic through the HBO Shop, which has the July debut issue available for pre-order.
The title is co-plotted by True Blood creator Alan Ball and series writers Elisabeth Finch and Kate Barnow, and written by David Tischman (Bite Club) and IDW Associate Editor Mariah Huehner. It's illustrated by David Messina (Star Trek: Countdown), with covers by Messina and J. Scott Campbell.
True Blood, which debuted on the cable network in September 2008, is based on the bestselling Southern Vampire Mysteries novels by Charlaine Harris. Set in the fictional small town of Bon Temps, Louisiana, the critically acclaimed drama details the tense co-existence of humans and vampires -- and the occasional shapeshifter -- focusing primarily on the web of relationships surrounding telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin). In its two seasons, True Blood has become HBO's most-watched series since The Sopranos.
The IDW miniseries takes place on a hot, rainy night at Merlotte's bar, where Sookie, Bill, Eric -- really, Eric? -- Sam, Tara, Jason and Lafayette are trapped by a vengeful spirit that feeds on shame, and forced to dredge up dirty secrets and dark memories from their pasts. I'm just grateful Eggs isn't involved. (However, a little Lettie Mae wouldn't be a bad thing.)
The third season of True Blood debuts on June 13.