WonderCon | Oni Press to release <i>Petrograd</i> this August

This is one we've been excited about for awhile now ... at their WonderCon panel yesterday, Oni Press announced that Petrograd, Phil Gelatt and Tyler Crook's graphic novel about the murder of Gregorii Rasputin, arrives in stores Aug. 3.

I first spoke to Gelatt about the project back in 2009, when it was announced at the San Diego Comic Con.

"The root of the idea came from some reading I was doing, a few years ago at this point, about the Russian revolution," Gelatt told me back then. "And I encountered this strange rumor that has been floating around since Rasputin’s death that there were British spies involved in the assassination and that the British government had a stake in this man’s death for various reasons. It’s a rumor that’s been around since 1917 but more recently some forensic evidence has made it seem that this might actually be what happened. So the potential in that idea really grabbed me and stuck with me. What the hell were the British doing assassinating a Russian holy man? Who was this British agent charged with this monumental task? How the hell would any of that actually work?"

You may know Gelatt from the pair of Labour Days books he did with Rick Lacy for Oni; Crooks, meanwhile, is the recently announced replacement for Guy Davis on the B.P.R.D. comics. He's also drawing issue #14 of The Sixth Gun.

The $29.99 two-color hardcover comes in at 274 pages. Check out a gallery of preview pages after the jump.


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