SDCC 2019: The Black Terror Returns With New Series From Dynamite

by James Ferguson

Dynamite Entertainment is bringing back the Nemesis of Crime himself, the Black Terror in a new limited series beginning in October. Written by Max Bemis, illustrated by Matt Gaudio and Ruairi Coleman, colored by Brittany Pezzillo, and lettered by Taylor Esposito, the new comic is set in the 1970s as Bob Benton (aka the Black Terror) grapples with his post-war mental health along with the rapidly evolving social landscape around him.

Writer Max Bemis says:

I loved working with Dynamite on our take on Atari’s Centipede and they were kind enough to let my imagination run wild in terms of how I interpreted that world. They’ve let me go just as nuts with Black Terror, an awesomely designed and conceived vigilante who has never gotten a chance to venture into weirdness. If you’re a fan of Swamp Thing or Sandman and making a “conventional” superhero go all wacky, but maybe want a bit more humor with your psychedelic, this is the book for you!

Each issue of The Black Terror works as a stand-alone story as well as a chapter in an ongoing narrative. The Black Terror’s sidekick Tim is along for the ride too. Fans can also expect cult leaders, mobsters, experimental drugs, and more. Bemis has described it as “a bit of an Alan Moore take, but less depressing and with some 70s Batman DNA.”

Artist Matt Gaudio added:

Being able to work with Max and the whole creative team on this vision of the Black Terror has been an absolute pleasure. Those guys allowed me the freedom to interpret it as it played out in my head and I had a lot of fun with it, so I hope that comes through in the art! Without giving away too much, Bob Benton’s got a full plate, and readers are going to get a good look at what makes this guy tick as he deals with all the weird, messed-up things going on around him. It’s dark and it’s funny and it’s Black Terror like we’ve never seen him before.

This new series will feature covers by Francesco Francavilla, Jorge Fornes, David Nakayama, Erica Henderson, and Adam Gorham.

Artist Ruairi Coleman says:

It’s been so much fun drawing Black Terror thanks to Max. His wicked sense of humor has me drawing some pretty outlandish things that I really didn’t expect. Yet he still manages to keep the stories engaging and meaningful. I can’t recommend this series enough – it’s shaping up to be something special.

The Black Terror was created in 1941 by Richard E. Hughes and Don Gabrielson. Under the stark costume is pharmacist Bob Benton, who developed a formula that gave him his powers. Joined by his trusty sidekick Tim, he’s vowed to stamp out evil during the war.

Editor Kevin Ketner added:

I was going to head the route of ultimate cliché and declare, ‘This isn’t your grandfather’s superhero!’ but…it is. It’s the same guy. Just in a different time and place, and we get to see him in a way that we haven’t before. Probably in a way that will make people hope no one they are close to is secretly a crime fighting vigilante. It’s bad for the knuckles. And everyone’s mental health. All that being said, the best part about working on this book is that I pretty much wear a black shirt every day already, so adding Terror’s skull and crossbones logo is not only easy, I can write it off as a business expense. Right?

The Black Terror #1 is set for release in October 2019.

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