The story features two college freshman who find out their dorm is haunted by the ghosts of three women who were killed by the same serial killer — and who must then convince the ghosts to help them bring the killer to justice.
“Banshees is everything I love about comics; a coming-of-age story that blends horror, mystery and crime noir in ways I haven’t seen done yet,” Dwonch said. “I can’t thank Scout enough for believing in the work, and I’m beyond stoked to be a part of the Scout family. Buckle up for a wild ride, folks!”
Here’s the description from Scout Comics:
Emily Edwards is beginning her college freshman year away from her family; a welcome change given the summer she has had. Her best friend Beth had committed suicide the summer before, and she has been secretly haunted by her memories for months. Moving away from her past seems like the best way to start anew. The future looks brighter once she meets her roommate, Abbey, and the two become fast friends. Abbey is everything that Emily needs in her life; Abbey is energetic, playful, sarcastic, and the duo are seemingly aligned in their outlooks on life. They even have the same major: Psychology.
Abbey jokes with Emily about the rumors that their dormitory is haunted… and the weirdness begins. Late one night, Emily is terrorized by the ghosts of three girls, sending her on a quest to find the truth. She dives deeply into the school’s past and discovers the hushed history of The Lion– a serial killer who took the lives of at least three female students from 1987 to 1991 before seemingly vanishing without a trace. Her investigations do not go unnoticed, drawing the killer out of “retirement.” Now, Emily must convince the ghosts of The Lion’s victims to bring him to justice– lest his killing spree continues!
“Bringing Banshees to Scout Comics is really exciting for me, personally,” Balboni said. “This being my first printed work and coming from the retail side of things, I was overjoyed when Scout picked us up. I love that they have been so supportive of horror. I’m a huge horror fan and can’t wait to show my love of genre to the world.”
The first issue arrives in February. Scout is selling an ashcan preview at New York Comic Con this weekend, which can also be ordered off their website.