Preview: The Past Isn’t Ready To Let Go In ‘Abbott: 1973’ #1

by Brendan M. Allen

Abbott: 1973 #1 drops this week from BOOM! Studios. Written by Saladin Ahmed, with art by Sami Kivelä, color by Mattia Iacono, and letters by Jim Campbell, the five-issue series takes place in the world of Abbott, as the eponymous unstoppable reporter tackles a new corruption in 1973 Detroit and the supernatural threat behind it. 

Detroit’s hardest hitting journalist, Elena Abbott, is trying to make a fresh start at a new newspaper…but her deadly past isn’t ready to let go. The city is days away from the historic election of a Black candidate as their new Mayor, but a vicious new group has emerged to destroy him, targeting anyone who supports his campaign or the change he represents. That means Abbott, who discovers the group’s connection to a dangerous dark magic, has been targeted for certain death – unless she embraces her true power as the Lightbringer to save her city.

“I’m ridiculously thrilled to bring readers a new chapter in Elena Abbott’s life! The first series generated incredible excitement and energy, and we’ve fed off of that to bring you an even bigger story,” said Ahmed. “It’s 1973, Elena is living her best life with Amelia, and Detroit is preparing to elect its first Black mayor. But while Elena’s powers have grown, they may not be enough to stop the shadows that have seized those closest to her—shadows that threaten to engulf the whole city.” 

With covers available by Taj Tenfold, Raul Allen, and Jenny Frison, Abbott: 1973 #1 hits the spinner racks this Wednesday January 20, 2021.

Check out the variant covers and preview pages below.

Brendan M. Allen

Brendan Allen has probably had more jobs than you would reasonably believe. Dog trainer? He’s done it. Flooring contractor? You bet! EMT? Army NBC specialist? Road dog for a Celtic rock band? Yes, yes, and och aye! Now he reads comics and writes about them. It's a rough gig. You can follow Brendan on Twitter @SaintAmish where he tweets about comic books and cystic fibrosis awareness.

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