(Updated 28th July 2016, new imagery added): Comics news site Multiversity Comics has delivered the news that Hook Jaw – the giant killer shark first brought to life in the pages of 1970s comic Action by Pat Mills, Ken Armstrong and Ramon Sola – is back, thanks to Titan Comics.
Presumably buoyed by the success of their excellent Johnny Red mini series by Garth Ennis and Keith Burns, a character also owned by Egmont Publishing, TItan says their new five-issue Hook Jaw book, written by Si Spurrier and drawn by the hugely talented Conor Boyle, will launch in December.
Titan Comics broke the new series at the San Diego Comic Con Diamond Retailer presentation.
Hitting stores in December 2016, the five issue mini-series is written by Si Spurrier (Cry Havoc, Weavers, Doctor Who) and drawn by Conor Boyle (Futurequake, Zarjaz, Sentient Zombie Space Pigs and co-owner of Disconnected Press with his partner, writer Lizzie Boyle) with colours by Giulia Brusco and edited by British comics editor, marine life expert and highly accomplished artist, Steve White, editor of the superb book Dinosaur Art: The World’s Greatest Paleoart, who recently left Titan for Hachette.
Variant covers are also in the works from Marc Laming and Steve White.
Probably the best-remembered and certainly most popular strip in the Action, Hook Jaw, inspired by the classic blockbuster movie Jaws, was created by Pat Mills, scripted by Ken Armstrong and drawn initially by Ramon Sola, followed by Felix Carrion and Eric Bradbury. Consistently topping reader polls, it was Mills who decided to make the shark the star of the strip which tackled environmental issues and corporate greed with equal relish.
More recently, early episodes of Hookjaw were reprinted in the short-lived STRIP Magazine, beautifully re-worked by Jim Campbell to remove the dated, staid lettering for modern fonts and coloured by Gary Caldwell – but Egmont were at that point unwilling to authorise new adventures. These revised versions were collected as a digital edition by Egmont, and were previously also offered by SEQUENTIAL.
Spitfire Comics released a collection of the original in 2007, available at bonkers prices on Amazon.
Titan says their mini-series is set to be an intense modern iteration of the titular ocean predator.
“I’ve wanted to do a Hook Jaw story as long as I’ve been making comics,” gushed A-list writer Si Spurrier. “Social, complex, intelligent and exceptionally good at what it does, today’s Hook Jaw arrives like a shadow amidst a catalogue of zoologists, soldiers, spies and Somali Pirates.
“Every person involved thinks they’re the hero of the story. They’re all wrong.”
As the series synopsis indicates, this creative team are pushing this new iteration into completely uncharted water:
Off the coast of Somalia, a rag-tag group of marine scientists are studying the Virgin Brides, a pack of female great white. What secrets are laying at the bottom of the Indian Ocean? And just how will they face up to the shadowy terror of the legendary great white – HOOK JAW?!
• Hook Jaw #1 will be on sale in comic stores and digital devices from December 2016 and is available to order from the October edition of PREVIEWS
• Pre-order Hook Jaw #1 at your local comic shop – or here on Forbidden Planet
• Follow Si Spurrier on Twitter @sispurrier
• Follow Conor Boyle on Twitter @pencil_monkey
• Follow Steve White on Twitter @sharkbitesteve