There’s no place like hell for the holidays. On December 6, Emmy and Peabody award-winning producer and creator Evan Shapiro (Portlandia, HarmonQuest) will launch the digital collectible comic series Darklanda twisted black comedy described as “game of thrones in hell.” Like that epic fantasy series, the adult-rated Darkland descends into violence, blood, nudity, sexual situations and mature themes as its fiery power players – Eve, Michael, Satan III, his cousin Samjaza and lieutenant Lucifer – play a “game of thrones” for control of Hell itself. below, comic book has an exclusive look and trailer for the original graphic novel that is being released this week as collectible NFTs, or Non-Swampable Tokens, on Macroverse platforms.
“Darkland is intended to have the appearance of game of thronesand the voice of Weep,” said Shapiro. “Frank Calicó’s artwork captures the tone 1000%, and Macroverse is the perfect platform to create a community for a new take on collectible comics.”
The first of five complete books is available December 6th from digital comics leader Macroverse. Four more Darkland collectible comic books, each featuring original NFT issues with rare 3D covers, will be released bi-weekly starting Sunday, December 11 and are available with a subscription through the Macroverse: Next Gen Comics app. New stories will also be available every Tuesday for free on Webtoons.
Created and written by Evan Shapiro with art by Frank Calicó, Darkland is centered around the shifting alliances between the power players in Hell – and the plans they have for Earth.
Satan III is the ruler of Tyre, or Hell, where his grandfather Satan I was killed when he tried to defeat Michael and the Archangels in a war for control of the earth. His son, the rather mad Satan II, was killed by his cousin in a battle for control of Tyre. When Darkland begins, Satan III embarks on a dangerous mission to wrest control of Earth from the humans. Meanwhile, his cousin Samjaza has other plans – to align with other Angels and Satan’s wife Zagiel, to take on a derivative Satan III and gain control of Tire for herself and her Watchers.
The Seven Princes of Hell and the rest of the Archangels play numerous games of multi-dimensional palace intrigue, and accelerate rounds of biblical espionage – all while cutting off heads, eating Humans for lunch, and finding time to satisfy their truly disturbing appetites quiet.
“Reading and collecting comics has been part of my DNA for as long as I can remember,” said Eben Matthews, co-founder of Macroverse. “With Macroverse, we finally bring comics fully into the digital age and deliver a cross-platform experience that I believe is the future of the art form. The Macroverse TapStory format brings new life to the medium while the Webtoons version is designed for quick and easy mobile reading. Early next year, we will bring true collectability to digital comics with the release of the very first fully formed NFT comics that are a breakthrough in collectible digital entertainment.”
Matthews continued: “It couldn’t make me happier to be in this with Evan and the trailblazer Darkland. It’s a universe unlike anything out there. I can’t wait to unleash this hilariously twisted story on the world.”
While Darkland is his first comic book series, Shapiro’s credits include executive producing or creating series and films such as Night train, What’s your [email protected]%king deal, Take My Wife, HarmonQuest, the Emmy nominee dinner for five, and the Peabody awardee Portlandia. Darkland drops December 6.