Cullen Bunn is one busy comics writer. After the announcement of his Ghostlore series from BOOM! Studios yesterday, today Oni Press announced that Bunn is teaming up with rising artist Arjuna Susini and colorist Hilary Jenkins for Lamentation, a 3-issue miniseries arriving this May.
Here’s how the publisher describes the miniseries:
After weeks of grueling rehearsals, a new production is set to begin at the famed Requiem Theatre: Razide’s Lament, three acts of gothic horror set inside a haunted castle…with a story that some say is more than mere fantasy. Under the stern rule of a dedicated but temperamental director, the script seems to be ever-changing, and, more mysterious still, our lead actress has found herself cast in the role of a lifetime without so much as an audition. Her grand debut is fast approaching–and, with it, a barrage of razors in the night that will terrorize audiences and actors alike. There is no exit, no escape, and when the curtain finally rises, Razide himself will take center stage to cross the threshold into the unholy darkness that lies just beyond…
Oni Press Publisher & President, Hunter Gorinson,expressed great excitement about the new series:
“Cullen Bunn reigns as one of the comic medium’s most formidable writers of horror and the supernatural. As the architect of some of Oni’s greatest and most beloved series – from THE SIXTH GUN to THE DAMNED to HELHEIM and beyond – we’re thrilled to welcome Cullen back to the forefront of Oni’s creative vanguard with a series that is as packed with shocks and suspense as it is content. Told in three double-sized issues that mirror the acts of the ruinous theatrical performance within, Cullen and Arjuna have constructed an elaborate, Giallo-inspired descent into tension, paranoia, and pain that will leave you guessing until the curtain falls.”
Bunn elaborated on the series:
“One of the great things about horror is that there are so many different flavors. Cosmic horror. Body horror. Horror comedy. Slashers. Action-horror. With LAMENTATION, I get to play in the realms of surreal terror and gothic mystery. Here we have a story that takes place not just in one world, not just in two, but in many. The hapless actors in Razide’s Lament find themselves cast from one nightmare to another, some trying desperately to find their way out, some hoping to understand the situation in which they’re trapped, and some simply surrendering their own sanity to the whims of this supernatural play and metaphysical theater. I’m excited for readers to experience this story because it’s going to surprise them, haunt them, and leave them thinking about it long after the final curtain falls. In a lot of ways, I feel like I didn’t just write about Razide here. It feels more like I’m unleashing him into the world.”
Each issue will double-sized, consisting of 48-pages. In addition to the main cover by Maan House, the first issue will also feature variant covers by Yanick Paquette and Kyle Hotz.
Check out the covers and preview art below and look for Lamentation #1 to arrive in comic stores and on digital on Wednesday, May 3rd.