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Rumors of Vertigo’s demise, it seems, were greatly exaggerated. Following the major announcement this morning that it will adapt Stieg Larsson’s bestselling Millennium trilogy, the DC Comics imprint has unveiled plans for a new ongoing series from author/journalist Selwyn Seyfu Hinds and legendary artist Denys Cowan.
Debuting in February, Dominique Laveau: Voodoo Child follows on Dominique Laveau, half-breed, outcast and heir to the Voodoo Queenship of New Orleans … who’s the prime suspect in the murder of the previous Queen. Here’s the official description:
Lingering on the threshold between history and legend, the home of Mardi Gras and the birthplace of Jazz, New Orleans is also known as the most haunted city in America: a town of centuries-old ghosts and new spirits of those drowned by Katrina; where Loup Garous, Vampires and Voodoo Spirits make their home. Ruling over all of this are the powerful Voodoo Queens, whose influence stretches into politics, business and crime as they maintain the delicate equilibrium between the mortal and supernatural worlds. But that careful balance has been upset. The Queen has been murdered, and Tulane grad student Dominique Laveau is the No. 1 suspect—and marked for death.
Hinds, former editor-in-chief of The Source magazine and co-author with Wynton Marsalis of To a Young Jazz Magician, teamed with Cowan for “Case 21,” a short story in Vertigo’s Strange Adventures anthology, and for “Blink,” a prelude to Dominique Laveau appearing in The Unexpected, in stores on Wednesday. MTV Geek has a preview of “Blink.”