The Bloody Dozen Expanding ‘The Shrouded College’ Universe, TV Series Also in the Works
Acclaimed author Charles Soule, author of the New York Times bestselling novels such as Hell to Pay and Eight Billion Genies is teaming up with the superstar artist Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque, known for his work on Letter 44, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Web of Venom: Funeral Pyre, to bring you an all-new tale of thrilling terror in the upcoming miniseries, The Bloody Dozen.
Set to launch in December from Image Comics, this six-issue miniseries will serve as the second installment of Soule and Will Sliney’s supernatural horror/adventure saga, The Shrouded College.
In The Bloody Dozen, three down-and-out astronauts are tasked with the ultimate heist: springing a clan of deadly vampires from a space prison orbiting the Sun. Apollo 13 meets Blade in this killer thriller!
The Bloody Dozen stands on its own two feet and can be enjoyed without having read Hell to Pay, its predecessor builds upon the overarching narrative that will unfold across the seven planned stories within the Shrouded College universe. Speaking exclusively with Popverse, Soule shared that the inspiration for The Bloody Dozen, as well as the entire Shrouded College series, draws from the horror-action films of the ’90s and ’00s, such as Blade, Event Horizon, and Prophecy.
These stories aim to captivate readers with intelligent storytelling, intense action, thrilling adventures, and bone-chilling scares. At its core, the Shrouded College explores the premise of ordinary individuals endowed with magical abilities who are tasked with completing supernatural “impossible missions.” The Bloody Dozen guarantees readers a mind-bending challenge that pushes the boundaries of human capability.
Soule expressed his excitement at reuniting with Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque, their collaboration on “Letter 44” proving their mastery of depicting space terror.
The debut issue of The Bloody Dozen will showcase cover art by Sliney, the talented artist and co-creator of Hell to Pay. Additionally, there will be a special 1:50 variant cover that includes an individually numbered, limited-edition “challenge coin” resembling a NASA mission patch, thoughtfully designed by Sliney.
Sliney, reflecting on the expansion of the Shrouded College universe with The Bloody Dozen, expressed his admiration for the spectacular artwork Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque has delivered. He assured fans that while Charles and Alberto take their journey into space with The Bloody Dozen, he is diligently working on another installment, hidden away in a secret location. Sliney unveiled their creative roadmap, represented by a set of interlinked coins, giving a glimpse of the interconnectedness of the stories within the Shrouded College universe.
Joining the Shrouded College universe for this extraordinary mission, artist Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque expressed his excitement at working with Charles Soule once again. Having started discussions about this project years ago, their commitment to each other has remained unwavering since their collaboration on Letter 44.
Alburquerque promised readers a mesmerizing experience with The Bloody Dozen, which combines magic, space travel, steampunk, and, of course, the ever-alluring presence of vampires. Grateful to Charles and Will for including him in this epic saga, he intends to give his all to create an unforgettable story.
As mentioned by Soule and Sliney, The Shrouded College stands as an interconnected set of seven adventure/horror stories that will be released as comic books and graphic novels over the next few years. Together, they unravel the tales of individuals recruited as secret agents in a supernatural cold war fought on behalf of the Shrouded College—an organization teetering on the brink of destruction.
Even more great news for fans of The Shrouded College as news arrived via DEADLINE, announcing that The Shrouded College is currently in development as a TV series, with the rights secured by Seth MacFarlane‘s Fuzzy Door and UCP for Peacock. Soule and Sliney will serve as executive producers alongside MacFarlane, Erica Huggins, and Rachel Hargreaves-Heald for Fuzzy Door.
The Blood Dozen #1 will arrive at your favorite local comic shop and digitally on December 13, 2023. Check out the short preview below:
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