Friday, March 16, 2007

Wicked cool - DC Comics' John Waters Tie-In

Online and in Virgin Superstores, Court TV is offering a House of Mystery/House of Secrets- style comic to promote its new John Waters-hosted true crime series 'Til Death Do Us Part.

John W is The Groom Reaper, who is probably a little more like House of Mystery's host Cain than Secrets' Able but bears a bit of resemblance to the Cryptkeeper, I suppose.

He introductes dramatized--or in the online case--illustrated tales of marriages gone wrong.

The comic is a lot of fun, building up to a cliffhanger to be resolved on the March 19 series debut, though readers are challenged to vote for which spouse they think is the killer in the meantime. ("She killed him" was pulling ahead of "he killed her") when I voted.

The comic features several great panels of artwork including a stunner of a page in which the husband of the tale, an undertaker, does his wife's makeup, in the morgue.

Clips of the show suggest a bit of "Tales from the Crypt" flavor.

It's a brilliant bit of online promotion for a series with a twist.

The show's website had a bit more about the show including some script samples and video clips. All of it is a nice flourish on a proliferating genre. I'm DVRing it.

Check out the comic at
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