A 1970’s Detroit Crime Thriller – Abbot By Saladin Ahmed And Sami Kivelä From Boom! Studios

by Hannah Means Shannon

Boom! Studios has announced an original comic series for January 2018 that will feature a Detroit-based investigative journalist on the trail of dark crimes by writer Saladin Ahmed (Marvel’s Black Bolt, The Crescent Moon Kingdoms novels) and artist Sami Kivelä (Black Mask’s Beautiful Canvas.)

Elena Abbot is a woman of color who intrepidly follows the trail of a series of crimes the police have ignored, which she she thinks are the work of “a dark magical force”, the same force that murdered her husband 10 years previously.

She’s up against “a mysterious power out for more blood”, and a “harsh social environment that’s structured to protect the powerful, and prevent access to change”.

Ahmed explains:

Abbott is a brilliant, tenacious reporter covering everything from organized crime to police brutality, but she’s a shell of her former self. She knows she won’t be whole until she unravels the mystery of her husband’s murder.

A native of Detroit, Ahmed says he had been “wanting to write a story set in his hometown, especially during a pivotal moment in its history”.

He comments further:

A cast of hippie wizards, black revolutionaries, and cranky newsmen also appear in ABBOTT, but the real co-star of the book is the city of Detroit. Set in 1972—the year Nixon was re-elected and Motown Records left for Los Angeles—ABBOTT takes place against a backdrop of white flight and black renaissance in Detroit.

Kivelä adds:

I’m very excited to bring Abbott and her world alive. She’s a fascinating character, and I can’t wait for people to explore ’70s Detroit and its shadowy secrets with her.

Abbot #1 has a main cover illustrated by Taj Tenfold (Sisters of Sorrow) and a variant cover by Micaela Dawn (Victor LaValle’s Destroyer).