When the FBI is framed for the public killing of a political activitist at an open-air rally, Reddington recognises the hallmarks of a dangerous, media-manipulating Blacklister, known as Leon Kiklinski, aka The Lobbyist. So begins the latest case for the FBI’s covert counter-intelligence unit codenamed – The Post Office.
But is this new Blacklist member working alone or is there a mysterious puppet master behind the scenes orchestrating a planned series of attacks against the FBI for his own nefarious purposes and if so, what is his connection to the Concierge of Crime, Raymond Red Reddington?
The new comic book series has been developed in conjunction with the creative team behind the Sony Pictures Television series, written by script coordinator Nicole Dawn Phillips (Judge Dredd, Slaine, ABC Warriors), with art by Beni Lobel (who has previously worked on DC Entertainment’s adaptations of The Vampire Diaries and Fringe, as well as Constantine and IDW’s True Blood series). Covers for the series will be provided by Alice X. Zhang, who’s drawn many covers for Titan’s Doctor Who comics.
The Blacklist comic will chronicle the extended exploits of former government agent Raymond ‘Red’ Reddington, taking fans of the show back to the very origins of the series and revealing secrets about Red’s past and how he formed relationships with some of the key characters from the show.It will feature Spader’s master criminal Red Reddington, as well as Megan Boone’s Elizabeth Keen, Diego Klattenhoff’s Donald Ressler and other characters from the show.
The book is “a true extension of the television series”, says editor David Leach, promising a glimpse at “new dimensions of the characters that have captured the audiences worldwide.”
The first six-issue storyline will give fans “a journey deep into the dark world of international espionage, conspiracies and intrigue on a global scale.”
• The Blacklist #1 launches 22nd July 2015 in comic book stores and digitally. The Blacklist television series airs on NBC in the US