The Deviant: A Chilling Holiday Horror Story
Multiple Eisner Award-winning writer James Tynion IV (W0RLDTR33, The Department of Truth), acclaimed artist Joshua Hixson (The Plot, Children of the Woods), and award-winning letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou come together to bring you a pitch-black holiday horror story in The Deviant. The chilling nine-issue miniseries, set to launch in November from Image Comics, will immerse you in a gripping tale of terror.
As snow blankets the city of Milwaukee in 1972, a blood-stained Santa Claus perpetrates unspeakable atrocities against young men. Unfathomably disturbed, this sinister figure casts a chilling shadow over the holiday season.
Fifty years later, a troubled young writer takes on the task of interviewing the self-proclaimed “Deviant Killer,” a remorseless individual who vehemently maintains his innocence from behind the cold prison bars. However, as Christmas approaches once again, a malevolent force from the past resurfaces, gripping the city in fear and wielding a sharpened ax in hand.
For James Tynion IV, The Deviant serves as an opportunity to delve into the depths of a dark and focused psychological crime thriller, saying:
“The Deviant is something a little different. A dark, focused psychological crime thriller where I get to explore the intersection of my queer identity and a broader scope of cultural transgression and deviance. This is my response to Silence of the Lambs and Jeffrey Dahmer serving as my first real glimpses of my queer identity as a young closeted Midwestern boy. It’s one of the darkest and most personal stories I’ve ever written. It’s also a story about Christmas.”
Joshua Hixson expresses his enthusiasm for The Deviant, saying:
“The Deviant is the kind of book I’ve been wanting to make for a long time. While I’ve been no stranger to the horror genre in my career of making comics, this story scratches a particular itch and is unlike anything I’ve been a part of. And to get to do it with James, Steve, and Hassan at Image Comics has been so creatively rewarding. I’m really excited for people to read it this holiday season.”
The Deviant #1 will be available at your favorite local comic shops and digitally on November 15, 2023. Check out the preview below:
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