It’s always a weird and often times tumultuous transition from music to comics, but not one that has not been done successfully in the past. The biggest example of this would probably have to be the genre veteran Rob Zombie, who even founded his own company with Steve Niles (“30 DAYS OF NIGHT”). Now another hard rocking frontman looks to make the leap as Life of Agony singer/songwriter Alan Robert’s “WIRE HANGERS” looks to debut in April from IDW Comics. Inside you’ll find the details, as well as a few pieces of art from the inside of the newest slasher title to come from IDW.
“Life of Agony bassist/Spoiler NYC front man, Alan Robert, joins forces with IDW Publishing to release a new horror/conspiracy miniseries titled Wire Hangers. Created, written and illustrated by Robert, with covers by comic fan-favorite Nelson DeCastro (Marvel Masterpieces), Wire Hangers makes its worldwide debut in April 2010.
Robert is no stranger to comics. He studied cartooning under Walter Simonson (The Mighty Thor) at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where he attended on scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Best known for being the primary songwriter behind Life of Agony’s critically acclaimed River Runs Red concept album, Robert is also an accomplished artist. His illustrations and designs have appeared on merchandise, ad campaigns and Web sites for multi-platinum rock acts such as 3 Doors Down, Puddle of Mudd and Shinedown.
In Wire Hangers, which will debut with a 32-page, ad-free first issue, a series of abductions are plaguing New York, leaving no one safe. When Anna Davis, a feisty young female reporter, goes undercover to try and snag the big exclusive, she stumbles upon clues that give us a glimpse into what could be the most disturbing government conspiracy of our time. Pill-popping detectives, corrupt secret agents and a mysterious, disfigured homeless man are all inter-connected in this horrific tale of revenge and redemption.”
From all the early press on the project this story actually looks like it has legs. The artwork is very well done, and while the premise feels a bit recycled, the thought of a serial killer using hangers on his victims, much less a hobo serial killer, just piques my interest enough to get me to look into the first issue. Whatever the case, readers can judge for themselves when “WIRE HANGERS” hits stores this April.