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Lost Tuesday amid the flurry of news coming out the Image Comics Expo is the announcement of Dark Horse’s S.H.O.O.T. First, a supernatural-adventure miniseries by Justin Aclin (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and Nicolas Daniel Selma (Tomb Raider: The Beginning).
Launching in October, the creator-owned project pits gun-toting atheists against some of the very creatures they don’t believe in — like angels and demons.
“It’s about a team called the Secular Humanist Occult Obliteration Taskforce, who use the power of their own disbelief (as filtered through sci-fi weaponry) to protect humanity from supernatural creatures that seek to do us harm,” Aclin tells the New York Post’s Parallel Worlds. “But for S.H.O.O.T., that means demons, angels and everything in between.”
S.H.O.O.T. First has actually been a round for a while, having debuted in 2010 as an eight-page story in the final issue of MySpace Dark Horse Presents. And longtime ROBOT 6 readers may recall that Aclin contributed the prose short story “S.H.O.O.T. First: The House That Ate Halloween” to our Halloween celebration that same year.
“The genesis for the idea came from me reading the incredibly excellent Dark Horse series Beasts of Burden, by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson, and basically thinking, ‘I’d love to do something that at least tries to be this amazing,’” he reveals to Parallel Worlds. “Dark Horse has a long tradition of comics about teams that take on the supernatural, and Beasts of Burden does that with an incredible twist, which is that the team is made of house pets. So I started thinking, ‘If I did this, what would my twist be?’ And then I came upon the twist that the team doesn’t believe in the creatures they’re fighting. And shortly thereafter I came up with the acronym, which is so ridiculous I knew I had something special on my hands.”
S.H.O.O.T. First #1 arrives Oct. 16.