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Francesco Francavilla’s Black Beetle gets his own miniseries

To celebrate the fifth anniversary of his Pulp Sunday blog, Francesco Francavilla announced that his pulp-inspired original character Black Beetle will receive his own Dark Horse miniseries beginning in January.

He also debuted the cover for December’s The Black Beetle: Night Shift #0, which collects the three-part story from Dark Horse Presents #11-13 and includes some extra content.

“I am hugely influenced by pulp stories of the ‘30s and ‘40s, and wanted to develop a series that used that influence as a jumping-off point to explore some modern storytelling with fun twists,” Francavilla explained last December, when the serial was announced. “I think this will be a great introduction to readers who are new to this character and universe, but will also be an exciting new adventure for those who’ve been reading the online stories over the years.”

You can find out more about the character on the Black Beetle blog.



Well this looks interesting. But I have to admit, that for one breathless second, I saw the word “Beetle” and saw the goggles and thought that it was going to be about Ted Kord.


I am STOKED for this. Francavilla is excellent.

It’s a film noir/pulp-influenced character created by FF.
Well worth checking out if you’re a fan of either genre…or a fan of Francesco Francavilla’s earlier work on everything from Zorro to The Green Hornet to Black Panther to Detective Comics.

Read a chapter of the DHP story and was very impressed by it. I’ll look for this when it hits trade…

Love to see him and Rucka do a Black Widow series for Marvel.

At last we will learn who the Black Beetle is…oops. Wrong company.

This is big on my must-read list. I love Dynamite’s pulp revisionist comics but creating your own pulp hero from scratch is utterly cool, especially if you’re an artist as great as Francavilla. This guy is seriously angling to be my favorite current artist/creator. Very much looking forward to more Black Beetle.

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