Legend has it that the basilisk–also known as the King of Serpents–is a dangerous reptile that can kill with just a glance.
Well, New York Times bestselling author Cullen Bunn’s new horror comic book series for BOOM! Studios puts a whole new spin on that terrifying tale. The series–simply titled Basilisk–will hit comic shops June 2, and you can get a sneak peek at the premiere issue on this very page.
Basilisk No. 1—as reported by cbr.com–is brought to life by Bunn (The Damned, Harrow County, Crooked Hills), artist Jonas Scharf (Avengers of the Wasteland), colorist Alex Guimaraes and letterer Ed Dukeshire. Variant covers were rendered by Christian Ward and Rafael Albuquerque.
The basic storyline of the series follows five individuals called The Chimera who are “bound by a cult-like hivemind” and who “terrorize small towns with their horrifying supernatural sense-based powers, leaving death and destruction in their wake.”
One of the group, Regan, has escaped and is in hiding “with her murderous eyes bound, overcome with guilt.” But now, a victim from her past “forces her to hunt down the other four of her kind.”
Bunn called Basilisk “an epic, dark, fantasy horror story” that deals with a woman “who has absolutely nothing to lose hunting down a group of would-be gods—each of whom can use one of the five senses to destroy those around them.”
Scharf added that this series draws inspiration “from mythology deep within the mountains of Appalachia–as we follow a mysterious group of superpowered individuals called The Chimera. I’m excited for people to check it out.”
Keep reading Horror News Network for updates on Basilisk and all future horror offerings from BOOM! Studios.