The Cull: A Coming of Age Horror Series Coming from Kelly Thompson
Image Comics has announced a new limited series titled The Cull. The upcoming series brings together Eisner-winning writer Kelly Thompson and artist Mattia De Iulis for their first creator-owned project collaboration.
The five-issue miniseries is also set to come with some exciting covers as superstar artists Lorenzo Ceccotti, Michael Walsh, Andrew J. Seles, Chris Shehan, Meredith Mcclaren, Dike Ruan, and Tula Lotay will all provide variant covers for the miniseries.
Image Comics’ description of The Cull reads:
Something is Killing the Children horror vibes mix with The Goonies-style adventure as five friends set off to shoot a short film on a forbidden rock near their home the summer before they all go their separate ways. But that’s not really why they’re there. One of them has lied… and it’s a lie that will change their lives forever
Thompson shares the excitement felt when de Lulis reached out to collaborate, saying:
“When Mattia reached out to partner on something creator-owned together, I was over the moon. What we came up with for The Cull is both horrifying and delightful, and of course stunningly gorgeous thanks to Mattia’s mind-blowing visuals.”
Mattia De Iulis added:
“I made my debut as a comic book artist with Kelly (on Jessica Jones), and I can’t believe I’m here now after five years working on the most beautiful project I could ever imagine! The Cull grabbed me inside from the first pages, horror and mystery come together to create a fantastic adventure!
Something is Killing the Children is undoubtedly one of the most successful comic book series in the last few years and blends creature horror with the innocence of children and has also provided us with some of the most gruesome scenes in comics. This combined with a classic like The Goonies should make for a fun adventure comic while also possibly setting us up for some pretty gruesome reveals.
Thompson has plenty of titles in her library that support her caliber of quality in writing and De Iulis provides a hauntingly realistic art to the series that will leave you feeling like you are sifting through stills of a horror film. If you love horror, this should be on your radar.
The Cull #1 will be available at your favorite local comic book shops on Wednesday, August 16, 2023.
Check out the preview below: