Elliott Kalan and Andrea Mutti’s Maniac Harry tore through a New York subway train in the pages of his first miniseries, and now he’s back to wreck havoc on the Bronx.
The seemingly unkillable slasher-killer inspired by Friday the 13th‘s Jason will return in Maniac of New York: The Bronx is Burning in December, where Kalan and Mutti team up with letterer Taylor Esposito to tell the next chapter in their story. While the first arc introduced the killer and the mayor’s aide who fought to bring him down, this one will show more of the impact he’s had on New York as a whole.
“The new arc, ‘The Bronx Is Burning,’ will give us more glimpses of how Maniac Harry has really insinuated himself into the fabric of New York life: copycat criminals, school Maniac drills, rap lyrics …” Kalan said. “We’ll also be following the Maniac into parts of the city we haven’t seen before, culminating in a huge scene at a public event that I’ve been wanting to include ever since the first series and which I can’t wait to see Andrea draw.”
Here’s the description from publisher AfterShock Comics: After the tragedy of The Death Train, Detective Zelda Pettibone and mayoral aide Gina Greene have lost the trail of the Maniac — and the support of the city. Copycats are springing up, tensions are high and traffic is a nightmare. So, what happens when your favorite unstoppable, mindless killer resurfaces in a Bronx high school? Can Zelda and Gina get there before Maniac Harry adds to his body count? Will the students tear their attention away from their phones long enough to notice there’s a monster in the halls?
“With Maniac Vol. 2, a lot of my thinking was in trying to broaden the landscape of the series,” Kalan said. “Vol. 1 spent so much time in the subway, but New York is a whole world, with lots of spaces we don’t get to see in movies too often: schools, bodegas, stadiums. The places New Yorkers go, and where the Maniac is bound to follow. The problem is, New York is just too damn big a city to do justice to in a handful of issues. Hopefully, we’ll just have to do even more someday.”
Look for the first issue on Dec. 1. Here’s a preview and a look at the variant covers by Mutti and Jonathan Luna: