Dark Planet announced today that “Night Of The Duvaliers”, the 5th issue in Stephan Franck’s acclaimed mini-series SILVER, will become available on ComiXology Submit on July 8th. ComiXology recently ranked SILVER number 2 on its well respected “ESSENTIAL READS” list.
A direct continuation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula universe, set forward 50 years into the pulp/noir era of the 1930’s, SILVER introduces James Finnigan, a con man, who endeavors to separate the vampires from their precious silver. Personal entanglements and character comedy ensue, as Finnigan assembles the team of talented but broken misfits needed to pull off a heist for the ages. Released last year, the first volume in the series earned Stephan Franck a 2014 Russ Manning Award nomination at San Diego Comic Con.
While the new 31-page extended issue continues the series’ trademark character explorations, in particular the inevitable bonding between Finn and Tao, it is also an exciting feat in WORLD-BUILDING. As the train reaches its final destination, we enter the hidden world of vampires–a culture of intrigues, vanity, decadence and ancient traditions.
“I couldn’t wait to present my take on Dracula’s legendary castle and to start lifting the veil on our unique mythology” says Franck, “everything we’ve seen and heard so far in the story has been leading up to this.”
Since the series’ inception, SILVER has been noted for its strong female characters, in particular troubled vampire-hunter and fans favorite Rosalynd “Sledge” Van Helsing. In issue #5 we discover vampire princess Liilian, described by Finnigan as “A real troublemaker, someone with an agenda. A bonafide nutball”, with whom Sledge is on a collision course.
As with previous installments in the series, comic books luminaries have been vocal supporters of Franck’s storytelling:
“With SILVER, Stephan Franck cuts right to the bone of the story and masterfully drives his narrative home. A breath of fresh air in the world of comics!”
–TOMMY LEE EDWARDS (Marvel 1985, The Question, Turf)
“Why was I not reading this before? Why? Why? Why? It’s everything I love about comics. And everything I miss about a lot of comics these days. Hey Stephan Franck, I want more.”
— JIM KRUEGER (Earth X, Justice, The Runner)
Single issues SILVER 1 to 5 as well as SILVER Vol. 1 (which compiles the first 3 issues) are available digitally on ComiXology. The trade paperback print edition of Silver Volume 1 is available at comic shops everywhere, on Amazon, and from the Dark Planet Webstore. Print editions of all Dark Planet products are available from the Dark Planet booth at comic book conventions across the US, where the company maintains a dynamic presence.
While the digital edition debuts same day as print, Franck we be signing and drawing original sketches inside the print copies of the book at San Diego Comic Con, at the Dark Planet booth (2204).