[C2E2 '13] ‘The Occultist’ Combines ‘Harry Potter’ And ‘Trainspotting’

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Another horror book coming from Dark Horse in the Fall is Tim Seeley and Mike Norton’s “The Occultist” (see the rest of Dark Horse’s 2013 horror lineup here). The book is being described as “Harry Potter meets Trainspotting”, which is as bizarre a mashup I’ve ever heard. The series is set to follow a man named Rob who is irrevocably bound to a magical sword and book of spells. Rob has to learn how to control his new partners before the evil witch doctor steals them for his own bidding.

“The Occultist” #1 hits in October.

Official Press Release:

APRIL 28, CHICAGO, IL—Dark Horse Comics is pleased to announce that Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash) is returning with his rare mix of humor and horror in the supernatural superhero series The Occultist!

With acclaimed artist Mike Norton (Battlepug, The Answer!) on interior art and cover art by Steve Morris (Serenity, Angel & Faith), The Occultist will return this fall in the follow-up to its hugely successful 2011 miniseries!

When the Sword, a mysterious book of powerful spells, binds itself to him, the fact that Rob’s life has been falling apart doesn’t seem like such a big deal. To survive, Rob must learn to control the book’s unpredictable magic, while his life slips even further out of control . . .

An evil witch doctor wants the Sword to reject Rob, now known as the Occultist, by deciding that he is a bad host in the ongoing war against the realm of the dead. The solution lies in a Catholic schoolgirl who dabbles in death for a quick high.

On sale October 2 in comic shops everywhere!