December 17th, 2008 â€“ Ghosts. The cities of the future have grown ankle-deep in them as they graze off the electromagnetic waste of a billion wireless Internet connections. Most can only drift, witless and lost. Rarely, though, something comes through with enough marbles to cause real trouble.
And that’s where Alice Hotwire, Detective Exorcist, comes in.
Radical Publishing proudly presents its newest title for February 2009, HOTWIRE: REQUIEM FOR THE DEAD. Written and illustrated by Steve Pugh, based on an original story by Warren Ellis, the four-issue mini-series takes place in a near-future when ghosts, or â€œblue lightsâ€, roam the city streets. Most remain harmless…until a break-in at London’s Maximum Security Necropolis triggers a surge of violent, brutal hauntings.
Enter Alice Hotwire, the local police force’s resident Detective Exorcistâ€”a job her fellow officers hate her for. It’s a responsibility she doesn’t want, in a world she doesn’t understand, but she may be the only one who can save them all from ectoplasmic catastrophe.
â€œWhen our Editor-in-Chief Dave Elliott brought the project to me, I knew I wanted this to be part of Radicalâ€™s library,â€ said President and Publisher Barry Levine. â€œSteve Pughâ€™s artwork is incredible, and the Alice character is equal parts beautiful and scrappy. The story itself is the perfect blend of supernatural, science fiction and adventure. I see this as one of our biggest new titles of 2009.â€
The series has been a major project for Pugh as well, after years of development and collaboration with longtime colleague Warren Ellis.
â€œItâ€™s been an enormous project, but Iâ€™ve been determined to get Alice into print for years, and Iâ€™m actually pleased itâ€™s taken this long, because artistically, I think Iâ€™m at the top of my game,â€ Pugh said. â€œIt’s only through utter arrogance and ridiculous self-belief that I could rewrite a story by one of the most famous comic writers in mainstream publication.â€
Hotwire: Requiem for the Dead #1 appears in the December 2008 Diamond Previews catalog, to ship February 2009. The first issue hits the stands with four covers, including art by Pugh (Diamond Code: DEC084201), Alan Brooks (Diamond Code: DEC084202), Stjepan Sejic (Diamond Code: DEC084203) and a limited edition variant from Luis Royo (Diamond Code: DEC084204), offered as a 1:10 incentive.