Indie horror producer John Lepper is branching out into the world of comic books to write a four issue mini-series entitled WE KILL THE DEAD, which is about
a secret government agency whose mission is to combat thano-sapiens, undead killers such as Jason or Freddy. This first story of a planned trilogy entails Joanna, a survivor of a thano-sapien attack at her college, who enlists in the SSTB (Supernatural Special Tactics Bureau). Shortly after she joins, Jack the Ripper returns as a demonic being, last seen when SSTB leader, Nathan Scrimm, blew his head off with a grenade in the 80's. Now Jo, Nate, and the more-than-slightly-disturbed Agent Cooper race to discover the secret to stopping the legendary serial killer while battling an army of thano-sapiens under Jack's control.
The basic idea of a government agency that exists specifically to track down slashers is enough to get me intrigued, but things get even more interesting with the revelation that the book's army of slashers will be filled out by characters from several different independent movies.
So far, WE KILL THE DEAD has secured the rights to use the following killers:
Thorn from LEGACY OF THORN
Dollman from METHODIC
Gurdy from 100 TEARS
Porkchop from the PORKCHOP series
Black Knight from DEAD OF KNIGHT
Bowling Bag Killer from GUTTERBALLS
Billy from BILLY CLUB
Crinoline Head from CRINOLINE HEAD and DORCHESTER'S REVENGE
Bonesetter from THE BONESETTER and THE BONESETTER RETURNS
Jonah from JONAH LIVES
Verden Fell from FRIGHTWORLD
Jack-O from JACK-O
Stitches from STITCHES
Blood Widow from BLOOD WIDOW
Mary Hatchet from BLOOD NIGHT: THE LEGEND OF MARY HATCHET
Evil Highlander from REDWOOD MASSACRE
Charlie from the short film project HIGH BEAMS
And there's more to come. I'm familiar with most of those films and characters, but some I've never heard of before, and this gives me incentive to seek them out. Mixing them all together within a horror/action comic book seems like a really cool idea to me. I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out.
The art of WE KILL THE DEAD is being done by Bryan Revell, with Alex Giles handling the lettering. Lepper is hoping to get 5000 copies of each issue published, and to help make that happen he is currently running an Indiegogo campaign.