New York Times Best-Selling Author Scott Snyder Launches Dark Spaces Anthology Series at IDW
By Staff Reports
Scott Snyder, the #1 New York Times best-selling author and celebrated writer of Batman and American Vampire, will debut a chilling original comic book project in July: Dark Spaces, published by IDW.
Desperate people, desperate situations. In Dark Spaces, Snyder explores the decisions made—and irreversible actions taken—when the walls are closing in, when knuckles are white and teeth are bared. Each character-driven entry in the Dark Spaces anthology series is a fully contained, standalone story written by Scott Snyder. Championing the new generation of comic creators, Snyder will curate additional future projects fitting the Dark Spaces theme from promising young writers and artists.
“With Dark Spaces, I wanted to do something different. This is a chance to tell dark, grounded, character-driven stories that are totally unique. Plus, I wanted this to be a book where I could collaborate with a terrific up-and-coming talent like Hayden,” says Snyder. “It was also important to me to be able to hold the door open for even more new writers and artists. That’s why Dark Spaces: Wildfire is its own story, but will also mark the beginning of a line of new books featuring other writers and artists curated by me. Mark Doyle and IDW saw the vision and have been amazing partners in helping me build this space.”
The first series will debut with a scorching five-part heist entitled Dark Spaces: Wildfire, featuring painstakingly detailed artwork by rising star Hayden Sherman and colors by Ronda Pattison.
Dark Spaces: Wildfire is set six weeks into the slow burn of the historic Arroyo fire and introduces a crew of women from an inmate firefighting program risking everything on the frontlines.Their newest recruit—a white-collar convict with a deep network of shady dealers—discovers that they’re mere miles from a former associate’s abandoned mansion and proposes a plan to abandon their duties and hunt for riches under the cover of smoke and ash. The team must decide if they’re ready to jeopardize their one sure path back to normalcy for a score that would truly change their lives… But is this a flicker of fortune or a deadly trap?
Sherman says, “Dark Spaces: Wildfire is a remarkable book, and working alongside Scott continues to be a joy. I can’t wait for everyone to see what we’ve got in store!”
“Scott and I have told a lot of stories over the years. We knew that we wanted to work together again, but we wanted to do something new while giving someone new a chance to shine…and that’s Hayden,” says Mark Doyle, editorial director of Originals. “This is the kind of work that makes you stand up, pay attention, and want more!”
Dark Spaces: Wildfire will be published monthly from July through November, with subsequent to-be-announced Dark Spaces storylines debuting in 2023. The first issue of Wildfire will be available with multiple cover variants for retailers and fans to enjoy, featuring artwork by Hayden Sherman, Andrea Sorrentino, Liana Kangas, and Tula Lotay.
For information on how to acquire Dark Spaces comic books from IDW, please contact your local comic shop or visit www.comicshoplocator.com to find a store near you.
About the Creators
Scott Snyder is a New York Times best-selling author and one of comics’ best-selling writers. He is the recipient of two Eisner Awards, a Harvey Award, an Eagle Award, three Stan Lee Awards, and an Inkpot Award. Snyder made his comic book writing debut in 2009 with Marvel Comics. In 2011, Vertigo and DC Comics published American Vampire, his creator-owned debut with artist and co-creator Rafael Albuquerque. The first story was co-authored by Stephen King and received international acclaim.
Snyder is best known for writing seminal runs on Detective Comics and Batman. Snyder has co-created some of the most successful creator-owned comics, including Wytches (in development at Amazon Studios for animation), The Wake, A.D., and Undiscovered Country. In 2020, Snyder unveiled his Best Jackett Press label. He lives on Long Island with his wife and three sons. He is an avid and non-ironic fan of Elvis Presley.
Hayden Sherman is an award-winning comic artist whose work includes The Few, Wasted Space, Thumbs, and Old Man Logan. They’re a lover of science fiction and fantasy who have had the joy of illustrating for companies such as Marvel, Image, Dark Horse, Dynamite, AfterShock, Vault, BOOM! Studios, and now IDW Publishing. They currently reside in Boston, Massachusetts, where they share an apartment with their significant other and an increasingly dumb cat.