New to the World of Comics: Guillermo Del Toro and Tom Morello

It's all part of Dark Horse Comic's plan to court new readers to the genre.

By Jorge Rivas Jul 25, 2011

Dark Horse Comics has a new line-up of authors who they’re hoping will bring new readers from outside of their usual fan base. The third-largest comics publisher in the U.S, has teamed up with the director of Pan’s Labyrinth, Guillermo Del Toro, and Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello to start their own comics.

Co-authors Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan will turn their Strain Trilogy series into comics. Here’s how Dark Horse Comics described the new comic in a press release:

When a Boeing 777 lands at JFK International Airport and goes dark on the runway, the Center for Disease Control, fearing a terrorist attack, calls in Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and his team of expert biological-threat first responders. Only an elderly pawnbroker from Spanish Harlem suspects a darker purpose behind the event — an ancient threat intent on covering mankind in darkness.

"When discussing The Strain, Chuck and I agreed on one thing regarding any possible adaptation: It should not start until after we were done with the last book in the trilogy and we would only entertain a medium that would allow us to expand the world and the characters we had created," said co-creator, Guillermo del Toro in a written statement.

The first comic in a series of 8 will be released December 14.

Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello is working on an entirely new project called "Orchid."

His project seems to be infused by his progressive politics. Dark Horse Comics describes the project this way: 

Part Suicide Girl, part Joan of Arc, Orchid is the tale of a 16-year-old street prostitute who learns that she is more than the role society has imposed upon her. When the seas rose, genetic codes were smashed. Human settlements are now ringed by a dense wilderness from which ferocious new animal species prey on the helpless. The high ground belongs to the rich and powerful that overlook swampland shantytowns from their fortress-like cities. Iron-fisted rule ensures order and allows the wealthy to harvest the poor as slaves.

Morello’s book will be released October 12.