The Vigilante is back! Only this time, the character won’t be Greg Saunders, or Adrian Chase, and is relocating to the dangerous streets of Los Angeles.
DC Comics has announced a six-issue mini-series titled The Vigilante: Southland. It will be written by Gary Phillips, with art by Elena Casagrande. And, because of the location change, DC is also changing up the man behind the mask.
THE VIGILANTE: SOUTHLAND is the story of Donny Fairchild, a failed NBA player who’s just making ends meet as a maintenance man. When his girlfriend stumbles on a conspiracy to steal water rights through a series of shady land-development deals, she’s mysteriously murdered. Once Donny starts getting too close to the cause of her death, his house is blown up and he’s left for dead. Determined to bring the killers to justice, Donny undergoes training from an urban legend known as the Eastsider to become a masked vigilante.
“THE VIGILANTE: SOUTHLAND is incredibly relevant to our times,” said writer Gary Phillips. “It’s a politically tinged story that touches on a myriad of contemporary issues, such as gun violence, class struggle and Black Lives Matter. The book also provides me an opportunity to contemporize classic issues/tropes, like the fight over water rights in Southern California. I’m very excited to show readers this character, reimagined for the 21st century.”
The Vigilante: Southland #1 arrives in stores on October 5, 2016.