Romero’s Son Gives ‘Rise’ to Zombies in Upcoming Comic

Obviously, the apple doesn’t fall far from the Romero tree.

George C. Romero, son of legendary filmmaker George A. Romero, has penned a zombie-themed graphic novel The Rise that is slated to be published in the pages of Heavy Metal magazine sometime in the near future, according to SYFY Wire.

No exact publication date was forthcoming from the parties involved at the time of this writing.

The younger Romero, a writer and filmmaker in his own right, said his original story is “not a prequel” to his famous father’s Night of the Living Dead movie classic. He described it as a tale that takes place at the beginning of the zombie apocalypse that contains its own theme and ideas.

Romero said this project has been some 10 years in the making, but he had never found the proper time or venue for it to be produced according to his vision.

And then he met Matt Medney, chief executive at Heavy Metal, and things started to click. The two got along well, and one idea led to another. Eventually, Romero sent Medney his idea for The Rise.

Before long, plans were afoot for the graphic novel to be published by Heavy Metal in installments over a specified length of time before being assembled into a larger graphic novel at a later date.

The creative team that will contribute to the graphic novel is still being put together at this time, Medney said.

Romero told SYFY Wire he is excited about this creative collaboration with Heavy Metal. “This is two legacy brands with the same love, respect and passion for these stories,” he said.

This is the second serialized horror comic book project recently announced for Heavy Metal. As reported in Horror News Network, Brendan Columbus, son of director Chris Columbus, will have his Savage Circus published in the magazine this summer.

Keep reading Horror News Network for updates on both horror comics gracing the pages of Heavy Metal.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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