Abbadon is a graphic novel written by Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti with artwork by Fabrizio Fiorentino and Alessia Nocera that is about the wildest sin-filled town in the Old West. Unfortunately for the residents of this town, it is plagued by a series of brutal murders. Abbadon is the eighth Kickstarter project by Palmiotti and Gray’s Paperfilms company. It is a 72-page Mature Audiences graphic novel based on an original screenplay by Spencer Marstiller, and it also features the design and lettering by John J. Hill. According to Palmiotti, anyone who was a fan of their run on Jonah Hex or All Star Western is in for a treat as they offer a hard hitting and graphic, yet intensely dramatic character-driven story in the same genre, that is now free of any existing rating systems.
Here they introduce an unconventional Western that is set in a town where illicit sex, gambling and even murder are legal under the “right” conditions. The story art is gorgeously illustrated by Fiorentino, who collaborated with Palmiotti and Gray on All Star Western and is complimented by the lush digital painting of Alessia Nocera. The book also features a dynamically beautiful cover by the award-winning illustrator, Tim Bradstreet. Backers of the Kickstarter are eligible for special reward categories including ones featuring a special limited-edition mystery cover by a multiple Eisner and Shuster Award-winner Darwyn Cooke as wll as another special cover by award-winning and fan-favorite artist Amanda Conner. The inspiration for this project comes from their love of mature westerns, murder mysteries, and the horror genre as well as the original unpublished screenplay on which it is based.
The tale is set in the late 1880s American West; Abbadon is a town that is steeped in sin, where anything is possible if you have the money, influence, and/or power to obtain it. The town itself is poised to become the next boomtown, only, lately Abbadon has become plagued by a series of murders heralding the arrival of U.S. Marshall Wes Garrett. A legendary lawman, Garrett’s claim to fame is that he killed a notorious murderer, who cut a bloody swath across the country leaving behind scores of mutilated men, women, and children. Garrett’s arrival exposes the secret that Abbadon’s sheriff Colt Dixon has desperately been trying to conceal — that the victims have all been mutilated the same grisly fashion that they were by the killer that Garret had once stopped – a man some called a monster, but the papers called him Bloody Bill. Garrett and Dixon join forces to uncover the killer’s identity in a town that is so full of corruption that everyone is a suspect.
As stated, the square bound softcover book will total of 72 pages of story plus additional material, all on the best paper stock available and printed in the USA. The amount they need to raise will cover production, handling, and distribution costs involved in producing an original graphic novel this big and beautiful. The Kickstarter for Abbadon exists not only to raise funds to put together the book and album, but to create an exclusive Kickstarter project that is unique in several ways. They will use a Print-On-Demand structure to create exclusive limited and signed editions of the book based solely on the amount of orders they receive which will then be printed in the America by American companies. This Kickstarter project will be the only place to get this specific edition and unique edition. Eventually they plan on publishing the book elsewhere for retailers with a different cover and contents, but until that time, it will only be available here for supporters of this Kickstarter.
This project will be funded on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing comic books for some 30 years. During that time, his reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular comic book articles and reviews.