(W) Michael Fleizach, Todd Hunt (A/CA) Dave Mims In Shops: Sep 29, 2021 SRP: $3.99
The lovely Delilah makes her entrance. Before Francis and Finch walk into every bad neighborhood your mother warned you about, they stop for a little firepower. What better place to grab a haunted revolver than “Darby’s Sushi & Pawn”? While Darby tries to dissuade Francis from purchasing a cursed colt named Delilah, his silent sidekick loads up like it’s a goddamn biblical do-over (this may not be Finch’s first rodeo). Dance floors will be bloodied before the night is over.
(W) Michael Fleizach, Todd Hunt (A/CA) Dave Mims (L) Zack Turner In Shops: Aug 25, 2021 SRP: $3.99
It’s a splendid little drug war. Before Francis can even put on his gutsy boots, there’s a bloodbath in the Bowery! Queen Ruby orders the execution of Alphabet City’s number one drug dealing duo The Director & Mr. Finch. Make sure to stay until the final reel; someone meets their absolute end. Once the smoke clears, Francis joins forces with an unlikely ally for… pancakes? Oh, and they may just have a lead on the missing girl!
(W) Michael Fleizach, Todd Hunt (A/CA) Dave Mims In Shops: Jul 28, 2021 SRP: $3.99
A missing girl; a city on the brink of an all-out drug war; and our beloved anti-hero just trying to keep it all together – we’re in for one hell of a night. With every page turn, our girl’s identity becomes more crystal; with every passing moment Francis becomes more dope sick. Can he stay straight long enough to save her? We’re stumbling towards our destiny, and now the bloodshed is about to begin.
(W) Michael Fleizach, Todd Hunt (A/CA) Dave Mims In Shops: Jun 30, 2021 SRP: $3.99
With all of New York City enveloped in the zeitgeist of a missing 8-year old girl, loveable anti-hero Francis Darling accidentally stumbles onto the machinations behind her kidnapping and the drug war that ensues. But has he really? A bit like chasing the Mad Hatter through a toxic chemical cloud, Francis’ strange and inconceivable journey brings us uncomfortably close to NYC’s most crooked… most deviant… most irredeemable characters; the kind that can only be extricated from the drug-addled guilty conscience of a failing brain.
Years in the making, inspired by journals left behind by his brother, playwright Michael Fleizach and co-creator Todd Hunt delve into the underbelly of the 1980s New York City’s drug epidemic with Darling, from Source Point Press. The art and colors by Dave Mack Mims is emblazoned with influences of street graffiti and punk rock culture, the story pays homage to the style of Lewis Carroll and Frank L. Baum—making Darling a comic series that captures the passions that Michael and his brother once shared.
With all of New York City enveloped in the zeitgeist of a missing 8-year-old girl, lovable anti-hero Francis Darling accidentally stumbles onto the machinations behind her kidnapping and the drug war that ensues.
…but has he really?
A bit like chasing the Mad Hatter through a toxic chemical cloud, Francis’ inconceivable journey brings us uncomfortably close to NYC’s most crooked…most deviant…most irredeemable characters; the kind that can only be extricated from the drug-addled, guilty conscience of a failing brain.
In the announcement, Fleizach said:
In 2012, my brother died of a heroin overdose. It feels good to type that out, actually. It feels good because there is a stigma associated with drug death; it isn’t exactly discussed on the checkout line, at the hairdresser, or while you’re waiting on an oil change – it just isn’t done. Shortly after his death, wanting to connect and understand, but feeling like a societal leper, I turned to my brother’s journals to make sense of something I thought was impossible. This was the impetus for the world of Darling—It’s important to remember – addicts are not these cast-off wretches of society. They are, almost certainly, very dearly loved by at least one other human being; someone who can only be halfway whole when they leave this plane for good.
With a percentage of sales donated to programs dedicated to helping those who are struggling with alcohol and drug abuse, the creators of Darling, along with Source Point Press, hope to open the floor and give a voice to those coping with addiction within their families and communities.
Darling #1 is slated for release June 30, 2021 it features letters by Zack Turner and Cover B by Alex Riegel.