Writer Peter J. Tomasi and artist Maxim Šimić are laying down the roots of a Blood Tree. The ongoing series about two NYPD detectives hunting a serial killer will launch in February from Image Comics.
Tomasi has been serializing Blood Tree on Zestworld since earlier this year.
“I always wanted to take a shot at writing a taut and haunting crime drama in the tradition of Silence of the Lambs meets Seven,” said Tomasi.
The story will introduce the Angel Killer, a serial killer who targets the families of other murderers:
In Blood Tree, two obsessed NYPD detectives hunt for a vicious butcher called the Angel Killer, a sociopath who preys on the innocent family members of known murderers in order to “purify” the rest of society.
This new story confronts the battle of nature versus nurture, considers how present and future generations are tainted by past generations, and asks the age-old question: Who must pay for the sins of the fathers—and perhaps even the sins of the mothers?
“This book will surely grip the reader the same way it gripped me after reading the entire script,” Šimić said. “It’s dark, action packed, and, best of all, it’s got great characters.”
Here’s a look at some of the first issue’s interior pages:
The first issue arrives Feb. 1.