Pray for Death was the December winner of Zuda Comics' competition.
We spoke with writer, Nicholas Doan, about the project.
The Big Bad Wolf: Can you give our readers a synopsis of PRAY FOR DEATH?
Nicholas Doan: There's a killer stalking the people of Chapman County. He has a grudge against God and has chosen to take his grudge out on God's creations.
Detective Jenkins is a cop with a sketchy record. She solved a very big Serial Killer case, but her methods had Internal Affairs asking questions. When the mayor of Chapman realized the city needed a hero, he got I.A.D. off
her back and handed her to the media. As a result, the public loved her and her peers resented her.
The killer is leaving dead bodies all over the city, but each one contains violent religious imagery. Bodies are left in a position to make them appear as if they are praying or they are crucified and so on.
At one of the crime scenes, Jenkins finds a young boy. She cannot figure out the boy's identity and the boy is unable to speak.
Jenkins has very few clues to go on and a growing list of victims.
The Big Bad Wolf: Who are the main characters?
Detective Jenkins - The lead Detective on the Pray For Death case.
The Killer - A man with an insatiable grudge against God.
The Boy - A young boy that can't speak, but may have vital information about the killer.
Detective Smith - Jenkins' youthful and naive partner. He is usually more of a complication than any help.
Captain Walker - Jenkins' boss. He holds a grudge against Jenkins for her past behavior and wants to throw her off the force.
Ricardo Juarez - A sensational television journalist. He is covering the Pray For Death case in the news and it isn't the first time he's crossed Jenkins' path.
The Big Bad Wolf: What has been your favorite kill scene from the comic so far?
Nicholas Doan: Actually, my favorite kill hasn't been published yet. It will be posted on June 23rd and it is a good one!
The Big Bad Wolf: How did you hook up with artist, Daniele Serra?
Nicholas Doan: I was introduced to Dani through another publisher. I had a comic called Jack Jr., about a modern day Jack the Ripper copycat, set up with them and they recommended Dani as the artist. While they were eventually unable to finance Jack Jr., I gained an amazing collaborator for this project and hopefully more in the future.
The Big Bad Wolf: What inspired you to come up with the idea for this comic?
Jack Jr. had a similar female detective in a supporting role. I really enjoyed writing her and wanted to do something with a similar character at the center of the action.
The Big Bad Wolf: Did Zuda have you change any material around since this is a comic does deal with serial killers?
Zuda has been very hands off. It's extremely refreshing considering all the stories you hear about big publishers. Zuda is a creator owned publisher and they really do show you that respect. The one thing we did have to work around was the crucifixion. DC comics standards and practices won't allow you to actually show a crucifixion. If you go back and look at pages 9-17, you'll see that we had to work around actually showing the crucifixion. in the end it came out looking fantastic. Better than it would have if we just showed you everything.
The Big Bad Wolf: Can you give us any hints to future storylines?
Nicholas Doan: Death, Backstabbing and the killer makes some friends.
The Big Bad Wolf: Being a contest winner you get a DC contract. Will we see PRAY FOR DEATH in print format?
Nicholas Doan: I hope so! That's a decision that hasn't been made yet, but if the comic is popular and people want a print edition, why would DC deny them? Of course, if you want to email DC and let them know that you crave a trade paperback, I would support you in your endeavor.
The Big Bad Wolf: Where can our readers find out more about PRAY FOR DEATH?
Nicholas Doan: They can read the comic at: http://zudacomics.com/pray_for_death and catch up on all the news about the series at: http://pray4death.blogspot.com/.
The Big Bad Wolf: In closing, what would you like to say to our readers about PRAY FOR DEATH?
Nicholas Doan: The horror genre is full of monsters and beasts. Every monster has a unique attribute for killing, fangs, claws, a primal need to feed. I've always felt that the serial killer is the most terrifying monster of all. Serial killers are smart, they can walk among us without being noticed and they kill due to some barely discernible compulsion. They are a great mystery to us and they could be your next door neighbor.
The Big Bad Wolf: Thank
you for your time, Nick. Good luck with PRAY FOR DEATH!
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