IDW Announces Japanese-Style Horror Series ‘Ghost Tree’

by Oliver MacNamee

IDW will be publishing the first chapter in a new Japanese style ghost story, Ghost Tree, as a four issue mini-series this April. Written by Bobby Curnow (Ward’s ValleyTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Ghost Tree is illustrated by Simon Gane (They’re Not Like UsGodzilla) and colored by Ian Herring (Ms. Marvel), it’s set in Japan and promises to take the reader, “on a journey from the dark forests of Japan to the ethereal realm beyond.”

Here’s more about this new supernatural series:

In Ghost Tree, a young man named Brandt returns to his ancestral home in Japan, seeking a refuge from his unhappy life. There, he discovers a haunted tree and the departed souls that are drawn to it – including his grandfather. Brandt attempts to heal some of history’s wounds, but will he be able to find any measure of peace for himself when someone special from his past returns?

Writer Curnow adds:

A lot of our headspace is trapped in the past: things from childhood, old relationships, how family upbringing made us into who we are today. This creates an opportunity to reflect and learn, but also a chance to become fixated on that past, unable to move forward. Ghost Tree is an opportunity to explore the conflict between past and present… and see some cool and creepy ghosts!

If nothing else, it’ll be interesting to see how all Western creative team takes on this very Eastern of horror sub-genres. 

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