Writer Saladin Ahmed and artist Sami Kivelä will wrap up their Abbott trilogy this fall with Abbott: 1979, which will arrive in stores from BOOM! Studios in October.
The story started back in 2018 with Abbott, which was followed in 2021 with Abbott: 1973, which jumped ahead a year. This new series will jump six years into the future, as reporter Elena Abbott continues to defend Detroit against the forces of darkness, both real and supernatural.
“I couldn’t be more excited to bring you the next (and final!) chapter in the saga of hard-nosed reporter Elena Abbott, sorcerous savior of the city of Detroit,” said Ahmed. “Abbott: 1973 left Elena in a grim place, and things have only gotten worse since — for her and her beloved city. Now Detroit itself is being consumed — eaten alive by the Umbra. And it will take all Elena’s got to keep her own spark from being snuffed out. From the beginning I’ve imagined Abbott as a three-act story, and I’m positively thrilled to team with the awe-inspiring Sami to bring this story to its epic conclusion.”
Here are the details from BOOM! Studios:
On the eve of the 1980s and the Reagan Administration, Detroit is burdened with an oppressive darkness–both political and supernatural. Dejected and tough tabloid reporter Elena Abbott, who previously defeated the occult forces responsible for her husband’s death, must dig herself out from rock bottom if she’s going to save Detroit from the Umbra, one last time… Elena will have to contend with the dark cloud hanging over Detroit… and over her own life.
“We’re beyond thrilled to be working with Saladin and Sami again to bring Abbott back for its final chapter,” said Executive Editor Eric Harburn. “Ever since the series debut in 2018, Elena’s journey has been a prescient, harrowing look at American society through the lens of Detroit – and Abbott: 1979 carries on that tradition in brilliant and unexpected ways.”
Taj Francis provides the main cover, seen above, and below are the variants by Nimit Malavia and Justine Florentino:
The first issue of the big finale will arrive in October.