New Comic Series ‘Bloodlines’ Will Be a Horror Story Set in the DC Universe

Friday, 25 March 2016 - 7:14PM
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Friday, 25 March 2016 - 7:14PM
New Comic Series ‘Bloodlines’ Will Be a Horror Story Set in the DC Universe
It looks like DC is going to be continuing their trend of bringing back classic comic series and giving them a twist. They did it with Tom King's Omega Men, and now they're doing it with another, much different DC classic.

The brand new Bloodlines comic series is due out in April, and now writer JT Krul has outlined some of the key differences between the story that fans of the old series know and the one he's about to tell. Here's some of what he had to say at the DC All Access panel today at Wonder Con:

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The concept of an alien presence coming down and infecting people and them getting abilities from the infection is what the core concept of the original story was and that's what we kind of took as the foundation for our story.

It's not really a superhero story, it's more of a horror story. It's more of a creepy tale, science-fiction tale about people getting infected. The powers aren't really even treated like powers, they're treated like curses. It's really likened more to […] The Thing or Invasion of the Body Snatchers. It's creepy, it's dark, it's Lovecraft-ian.

There's no capes, there's no cowls, there's no codenames. It's very Vertigo-esque.
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Of course, it's not as if DC hasn't done horror stories before. Constantine, though once Vertigo's Hellblazer, is now a regular DC title, and Justice League Dark definitely had plenty of horror elements in its run as well. Throw in Swamp Thing, another former Vertigo title, and one might say that DC has actually come to specialize in some senses with horror comics.  

However, it's definitely exciting to hear that another horror tale will soon be numbered with them, and who could say that the idea of alien things coming down and infecting people with curses isn't an amazingly terrifying idea?

It also makes sense that more stories like these are being told. Krul's reference to Lovecraft certainly wasn't out of place, as this idea does seem like something lifted straight from one of his short stories. Interestingly enough, more and more of Lovecraft's material is being adapted to medium of graphic literature, and it seems like similar horror and sci-fi stories are currently booming in the comics industry.

Without a doubt, it'll be interesting to see how Krul integrates such a story into the DC universe, and if it ends up being as creepy and fun as it sounds. Fans will know come April 6, when the first issue of the miniseries finally hits shelves.
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