Saturday, December 10, 2011

Hellraiser Masterpieces #3 Now Available

I forgot to mention this, but Hellraiser Masterpieces #3, published by Boom! Studios was released last Wednesday. A companion to the current ongoing Hellraiser series, also published by Boom!, Hellraiser Masterpieces reprints stories from the Hellraiser series published in the late 1980s -- early 1990s by Marvel's Epic imprint. Three of my earliest comic book stories were written for this run, and all three have been collected in the current issue. This is the first time any of them have been reprinted and also the first time that they appear together under one cover. You can see the table of contents below if you're curious about the line-up and the excellent artists I was paired with.

Comic Book Resources has a preview of this issue which you can see here which shows several pages from the "Homecoming" story. While I loved Mark Texeira's art for this story, the story itself was heavily altered by editorial and became something more obvious and also gentler and with a just desserts type ending that was contrary to the harsh, more pessimistic ending that I wrote. The other two stories I was rather fond of.  I haven't seen either in ages, and wonder how they hold up today. 

Clive Barker's Hellraiser universe was one I really enjoyed getting to play in and would love to return to.  I also wrote an origin story to the Lemarchand puzzle boxes which appeared as an issue of Clive Barker's Book of the Damned which I'd always wanted to expand upon, and two other Hellraiser stories which were completed but for which artwork was never commissioned since the Marvel series came to an end. 

Hellraiser Masterpieces #3 is available at a Comic Book store near you, or can be ordered by your local comic book shop. 


Jamie Rosen said...

Thanks to you mentioning it earlier, I remembered to pick up a copy when I went by the shop this week. I'm looking forward to reading it.

Anonymous said...

"Homecoming" was one of the few stories that actually disturbed me. I'd be very interested in hearing how it was originally supposed to play out.