SDCC 2022: A Night Of Exploration Turns Deadly In New Cosmic Horror Series ‘Dead Mall’

by Brendan M. Allen

Horror author Adam Cesare brings an abandoned mall to life in Dead Mall, his first original comic series with Dark Horse Comics. David Stoll will pencil, ink, and color each issue and Justin Birch will letter.

‘The Penn Mills Galleria is about to be demolished. Five teens sneak into the mall to take a last look around before it’s gone. However, while Penn Mills has been closed for years, the mall is far from abandoned. A night of exploration becomes a shopping spree from hell. The teens must contend with the sprawling, transformative horror of Penn Mills or be trapped forever within the Dead Mall.’

“The first comics I remember buying as a kid, during my first trips to the comic shop with my dad, were issues of Dark Horse Presents,” said Cesare. “It’s surreal, 30ish years later, to be talking about Dead Mall. I wanted to tell a story that readers of my books would enjoy, but also something that couldn’t be done–or couldn’t be done *best*–in prose. 

“A supernatural, monster-filled, body-horror-tinged combination of Chopping Mall and The Ruins, where the mall itself is narrating the story? That sounded like a lot! Something that could only be achieved in the collaborative medium of comics. And what a collaborator to have in David Stoll, whose art is immaculate and storytelling sense is unimpeachable. Then there’s Justin Birch and the rest of the team at Dark Horse, a dream to be working with them. We’re just so excited for readers to enter Penn Mills Galleria.”

Dead Mall #1 (of 4) will be available at comic stores October 26, 2022.

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