Proctor Valley Road, a new comics series from BOOM! Studios and UCP Graphic, is set to debut exclusively in comic shops on March 3, 2021, and we have a sneak peek of what’s in store!
Written by comics legend Grant Morrison whose credits include All-Star Superman, The Invisibles and The X-Men and Alex Child (Holby City) with art by Naomi Franquiz and Tamra Bonvillain, the comic tells the story of the monsters that stalk Proctor Valley Road and the four teenagers who band together to defeat them.
According to a press release we received today: In PROCTOR VALLEY ROAD #1, August, Rylee, Cora & Jennie have organized a “Spook Tour” with their classmates on the most haunted, demon-infested stretch of road in America to fund attending the concert of their dreams. But when their visit turns deadly, these four friends race to rescue the missing students…before the town tears them limb from limb. Now they must slay the evils roaming Proctor Valley Road…along with the monsters lurking in the hearts of 1970s America.
“I’m thrilled to be teaming up with the mighty Grant Morrison and the insanely talented Naomi Franquiz on my debut comic book, PROCTOR VALLEY ROAD!” Alex Child said in a statement. “With the hangover of the 1960s in the rearview, the Vietnam War dragging on, and the Space Race hotting up, we’re in small town supernatural America to tell the story of four best friends, three missing jocks, and a real life stretch of road steeped in legends that will ice your spine and leave the blood thumping in your ears. The girls’ reputations, friendship, and lives are all on the line in this white-knuckle adventure series as they try to unravel the mysteries and survive the nightmarish terrors of Proctor Valley Road, a place that makes Hell look like Honolulu!”
“I fell in love with these characters when I read Alex’s original series proposal and I’ve had an amazing time working with him and with Naomi to bring them to life for a spooky rollercoaster ride that feels like Nancy Drew on ‘shrooms!” Morrison added. “Get your kicks…on Proctor Valley Road!”
The comic is based on a real-life stretch of road in San Diego County known for its legendary Proctor Valley Monster, a mythic beast blamed for everything from animal mutilations to disappearing/murdered teenagers who didn’t heed the warnings about the location. Add to that a mysterious phantom hitchhiker and a demonic car and you have all the makings for a terrifying story.
“PROCTOR VALLEY ROAD is a big slice of Americana laced with uneasy cryptid horror, a side of rebel youth, and a killer soundtrack,” Naomi Franquiz pointed out underlining both the comic and the real life road’s intensity.
UCP Graphic is a new label from the UCP television banner under the overall Universal Studios Group label. Proctor Valley Road marks their debut in the comic world and it is certainly shaping up to be a good one. The studio has further plans to develop the comics into a series for television alongside BOOM! Studios but details on the adaptation are limited at this time.
To find a shop near you that will be carrying Proctor Valley Road, CLICK HERE. The comic will also be available digitally from comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, Madefire, and more! Look for it, Wednesday, March 3, 2021!