Spanish publisher Amigo Comics will release the first collection of their acclaimed mini-series Planet of the Daemons: The Eye of Lucifer in June, a bewitching story of occult adventure from British creators writer Kevin Gunstone and artist Paul Moore, coloured by Serbian Stefan Mrkonjichas, with lettering by Malaka Studios.
Described by one reviewer as “like a Hammer Horror film written by Neil Gaiman”, Planet of the Daemons is set in the arcane realm of the Qliphoth and 17th century New England, and follows the fortunes of Amos Deathridge, a former Puritan magistrate who now serves as jailer of the daemons and evil spirits who cast a sinister influence over mankind.
In The Eye of Lucifer, Amos arrives on the world of Sathariel, pursuing a daemon of war. But in the ruins of the Palace of Lilith, he witnesses the hatching of an all-powerful Succubus Queen – a reincarnated soul who shares a puzzling connection to his past. Amos, to solve the riddle of her identity, must enter Sathariel’s dread labyrinth and confront the truth behind the tragic events leading to his arrival in the Qliphoth years earlier…
Brighton-based Planet of the Daemons writer Kevin Gunstone has written series for both Marvel and Image Comics, among others. 2016 saw the release of his imaginative and spectacular stonepunk epic Future Primitive, published by Markosia, in collaboration with the Serbian artist Slobodan Jovanovic.
Kevin is also a visiting lecturer on the Cartoon and Comics Art degree course at Staffordshire University, and when not writing, likes to DJ House tunes occasionally.
“I can’t wait to see Planet in one volume,” says Kevin, “as I think it’s definitely a story best read together.”
Born when comics were still black and white and weekly, artist Paul Moore says he grew up when comics grew up.
“I flirted with drawing comics, had some fun, drew a few small-press comics… but in the dark age of comics I went to Uni, got a job and forgot about comics,” he reveals. “But the urge to draw comics is strong…couldn’t turn my back for too long.
“I’ve been drawing them ever since, working for Zarjaz, Markosia, Comichaus, Madius and a few others and now Amigo with two series, The Last Hunt and Planet of the Daemons, my first ‘real’ comic…”
Serbian artist and colourist Stefan Mrkonjichas his first comic work published in EON Magazine in 2005. Since then he’s produced short comics and illustrations for various Serbian SF/ Horror magazines like Emitor, Raketla and Omaja. As a colourist, he’s collaborated with artist Slobodan Jovanovic (Šumar, Milost and Future Primitive), provided colours for Alberto Veloso and Brian Gillman’s comic Parallel P.D. and coloured covers for Zoran Jankovic (The Fallen). Planet of the Daemons is his second collaboration with writer Kevin Gunstone.
Outside of comics he’s designed album covers for a wide range of artist – from Punk Rock band Stille Reserve to the electronic group Arigato.
“I was delighted with the audience reaction when the series was first published,” says Kevin of Planet of the Daemons, “and it was a real pleasure to work with artists as talented as Paul and Stefan, who created a fantastically evocative atmosphere. We look forward to continuing Amos’ adventures in the Qliphoth soon…
“I also can’t thank Amigo Comics and El Torres enough for the patience and support he’s shown Planet – which I’m sure I tested at times!”
Behind a racy new cover by Hugo Petrus (Wonder Woman/Justice League Of America) and with an introduction by DC/Milestone artist Prentis Rollins (author of the Tor Books graphic novel The Furnace), Planet of Daemons collects all four issues of this spectacular miniseries of mystery, intrigue, and dark sorcery; and includes process pages, sketchbook and an afterword.
• The Planet of the Daemons: The Eye of Lucifer collection ships in June 2019 and is solicited in the April edition of Previews with the order code of APR191353