AWA Studios announced that it is releasing two new comic book titles from writer John Lees in December. ‘Hotell’ got renewed for a second volume with Lees partnering with artists Dalibor Talajic and Lee Loughridge. ‘Crimson Cage’ is also entering production, described as a wrestling “reimagining” of William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth.’
‘Hotell’ takes place at the haunted Pierrot Courts roadside motel that will follow five interconnected stories of horror. ‘Crimson Cage’ sees Lees working with Alex Cormack for a tale in 1984 New Orleans following wrestling champion Chuck Frenzy after an encounter with “terrifying beings” in the Bayou.
'Crimson Cage' and the second volume of 'Hotell' from AWA Studios. pic.twitter.com/svjfSdq3Wu
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According to an AWA Studios press release, “Due to popular demand, AWA Studios has greenlit a second volume of HOTELL with the original creative team: John Lees, Dalibor Talajić and Lee Loughridge. This sequel anthology, which SCREEN RANT has called “One of the creepiest comics in years,” will be coming out this December.”
They continue, “But, there is more! John Lees is also introducing the literary world of Shakespeare to 80’s pro-wrestling with his other December series THE CRIMSON CAGE with Alex and Ashley Cormack. Journalist Andrew Dyce has stated that the concept is “too good for fans of either to pass up,” and we can’t agree more!”
AWA describes ‘Hotell’ as “Five more interconnected stories chronicle another harrowing week at Pierrot Courts, the mysterious roadside motel where lost souls make their last stand with the demons that haunt them. A family, desperate and destitute after being evicted from their home. A struggling artist, yearning for inspiration. A lonely bachelor, tending to his beloved, ailing dog. A brutal motorcycle gang, hunting for a runaway initiate…When all these haunted souls check into the Pierrot Courts, who will survive to check out?”
“Double double toil and rumble…Brace yourself for a No-Holds-Bard reimagining of William Shakespeare’s MACBETH from the critically-acclaimed creators of Sink. New Orleans, 1984,” AWA says of ‘Crimson Cage.’ “Chuck Frenzy is the main event star of the local Louisiana pro wrestling territory, but yearns for something greater. A fateful encounter with a trio of terrifying beings in the Bayou gives Chuck a glimpse of championship glory beyond his wildest dreams…if he is willing to do something terrible to achieve it. Join writer John Lees (HOTELL) and artist Alex Cormack (SEA OF SORROWS) for a thrilling new vision of the classic tale of ambition and madness, starting with this special, oversized first chapter.”
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