BOOM! Announces the Supernatural Crime Thriller Abbott by Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivelä
BOOM! Studios has announced Abbott, a new, original comic book series launching in January 2018 from Hugo Award-nominated writer Saladin Ahmed and artist Sami Kivelä about a female journalist of color in 1970s Detroit named Elena Abbott who investigates a series of grisly crimes the police have ignored—crimes she recognizes to be the work of a dark magical force—the same force that murdered her husband 10 years ago. As she looks for clues, Abbott puts herself in the crosshairs of a mysterious power out for more blood, all the while navigating a harsh social environment that’s structured to protect the powerful, and prevent access to change.
Born in Detroit, Ahmed had been wanting to write a story set in his hometown, especially during a pivotal moment in its history. He describes Detroit as the “real co-star” of the comic. The comic is set in 1972, the year Nixon was re-elected and Motown Records left for Los Angeles. The series takes place against a backdrop of white flight and black renaissance in the city.
Abbott #1 has a main cover illustrated by Taj Tenfold and a variant cover by Micaela Dawn.