- Posted by Johanna on December 21, 2007 at 8:01 pm
- Category: Comic News
Back when I was teaching popular culture, the examples of gendered genres that most resonated with students were Harlequin romance novels for women. When someone would ask “what about guys?”, the corresponding choice was the Executioner novel series featuring Mack Bolan. I didn’t realize that the Executioner books are currently put out by Gold Eagle Books, which is an imprint of Harlequin. Obviously, they know their addictive formula popcorn entertainment, whichever gender they’re writing for.
So why am I talking about them here? Because in April, IDW Publishing will be releasing the five-issue miniseries The Executioner: The Devil’s Tools. It’s written by Douglas Wojtowicz, one of the novel series’ authors, with interiors by SL Gallant. Gold Eagle has published some preview art. That seems like a great cross-marketing effort, with audiences for the property and IDW comics having lots in common (by assumption).
Before then, the two companies will be putting out Rogue Angel: Teller of Tall Tales, another five-issue miniseries (with a collection to follow in September 2008) based on the series of novels. The heroine is Annja Creed, “a world-traveling archaeologist who also happens to be the heir to Joan of Arc’s mystic sword.”
In this story, described as “Tomb Raider goes American literature”, she’s hunting a lost Mark Twain manuscript. It’s written by Barbara Randall Kesel (yay!) with art by Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon. The novel series began in 2006. (See what Buffy hath wrought? Serialized globe-trotting adventure fiction starring a chick with a sword! Cool!)
IDW Editor Tom Waltz was interviewed about the two projects at Newsarama. By the way, this isn’t the first time the Executioner has come to comics; Innovation published three issues in 1993. (I believe there was supposed to be a fourth issue, but it never came out.)