Happy Halloween! Here’s my Weird War comic for you…

Happy Halloween, folks! I would like to present to you the very thing I showed people two years ago on Halloween: the 12-page Secret Cross story, “Humanity in the Execution“.

The Secret Cross is a special German unit in World War One, hunting down weird beasts, demon things, strange cults and stuff like that. Think Ghostbusters with bayonets. Originally, the whole thing spawned out of an idea for another project with incredibly talented and driven creator Stephen Lindsay. Somehow, Secret Cross was born; and badass, ass-handing artist Dominic Vivona is partly to blame for this final incarnation, as well. What you see is a culmination of our wonderfully deviated idea-factory. We worked pretty hard to have this strip see the light of day. Anyways, Dominic nailed the art on “Humanity in the Execution“. I really do hope you enjoy this short, which has appeared online and in the UK anthology FTL (massive thanks to Ian Sharman, by the way). I really, really hope you enjoy the twist.

I like twists.

Clicky clicky on ze image you see directly below…

Stephen did a a nail-biting creeper of a 5-pager with another artist, called “Höllenhaus” (which you can read here).

I’m always a bit saddened that this project didn’t fully work out in to an ongoing series. Too much time passed, life got in the way, and everyone moved on. Stephen and Dominic are great guys and working with them was a real treat. If you see their names on anything, buy it (like, say, Jesus Hates Zombies or Gunplay) . It’s totally worth it.

Nowadays, I’m attempting to carry on the Secret Cross flame, playing around with the idea of doing new installments… I’ve even written a Secret Cross short story and have ran a few Secret Cross role-playing sessions using the GORE system. At conventions, in fact. Maybe I can get my buddy and fantastic artist Myke Allen to do the illustration on another comic short. Maybe. I’m already throwing a million projects at that poor, sexy bastard.

In the meantime, enjoy the comic and let me know what you think. No, REALLY! Sound off, troops.

Oh! And if you wanted to pick up FTL, where short strips of Salvus and Sorgon: A Matter of Darkness (other comics I collaborated on with awesomel people) also appeared, along with Secret Cross, you can buy it in full colour electronic format or, if you prefer, in black and white hardcopy… and there’s even FTL: Year One, which compiles everything from the first year of FTL issues. Honestly, it’s a great anthology series chock full of amazing talent. Check it out here.

Until next time, keep your feet dry, mind the rats, and never stop being wary of the snipers.

Update: I completely neglected to mention the incredible job Jeff Balke did on colours for Secret Cross. Sorry, Jeff! Rectifying that now.

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