Scott Lobdell to write new EVIL ERNIE series for Dynamite

by Charles LePage

Scott Lobdell is celebrating the 30th anniversary of EVIL ERNIE by writing a new series for Dynamite.

The press release follows:

Media Release — Dynamite celebrates 30 years of Chaos! this December with an exciting new take on Evil Ernie courtesy of writer Scott Lobdell (Uncanny X-Men, Red Hood) and artist Ariel Medel (Xena)!

Ernest Gleckman is a good kid, coming up on his college graduation. The only asterisk is the rock band he leads each weekend. He may have a bit of a bad boy streak, but nothing like where life is about to take him! One night Ernest is mortally wounded, but barely scrapes by alive. Only now he must pay back his new “lease” on life as an avatar for a mysterious death cult. He must assume the role of… Evil Ernie!

“What happens when you take the most evil entity in all of creation….and bond him with the nicest guy in the world?,” Scott Lobdell wanted to know. “I saw this EVIL ERNIE series as a way to explore not only the effect of Ernie’s unadulterated evil on an innocent college student… but would Ernie react to having to reside in a vessel of pure innocence in order to achieve his goal. We’ve all come to accept that power corrupts and absolutely power corrupts absolutely. Is it possible absolute goodness can eradicate evil once and for all?”

“Also, I have to say, I am so excited about working with Ariel on EVIL ERNIE. I’ve gotten to work with a lot of superstars over the years… and I’m telling you he’s destined to become one!”

Ernest and Ernie are polar opposites, as the young man learns as his new alter ego leans into cruelty and sadism as he tortures and murders his targets. As he balances the already complicated life of college with the darkness now inside him, will Ernest be able to hold onto his tenuous grip on humanity? Or will The Evil One fully take over and enact his nihilistic goals of megadeath?

Originally appearing in a shocking self-titled first issue, Evil Ernie goes back to 1991. Created by upstart comic book visionaries Brian Pulido and Steven Hughes, the antihero became a sensation and birthed the wider Chaos! mythos alongside the likes of Purgatori – starring in her own series right now by writer Ray Fawkes.

Lobdell and Medel are joined by colorist Candice Han for this rollercoaster ride into insanity. Brett Booth, Lobdell’s frequent collaborator from projects like Teen Titans and Flash Forward, joins for an exhilarating lead cover. He’s paired with a cover by Arthur Suydam, capturing the undead psychotic killer in all his glory.

EVIL ERNIE #1 is solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ October 2021 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in December 2021. Comic book fans are encouraged to preorder copies of the issue with their local comic book retailers. It will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, ComicsPlus, and more!

About Dynamite Entertainment
Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Red Sonja, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more. Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt. In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high-profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Gail Simone, Christopher Priest, Leah Moore, Kevin Smith, David Walker, Vita Ayala, Danny Lore, Neil Gaiman, Garth Ennis, Darick Robertson, Mark Russell, Brandon Thomas, Amy Chu, Reginald Hudlin, Nancy Collins, David Walker, Steve Orlando, Greg Pak, Jenny Frison, Matt Wagner, and a host of up-and-coming new talent. Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s Project Superpowers – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.

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