After decades of working for DC, Marvel and even indie publishers such as Dark Horse, creator Frank Miller is striking out on his own and launching a publishing banner.
Named Frank Miller Presents, the company will have the writer-artist behind The Dark Knight Returns, Sin City and 300 acting as president and editor-in-chief, with the goal of creating and curating a line of comics that hope to capture Miller’s distinct visual style while also working with a range of talent, from comics veterans to rising artists.
The company has been quietly in the works for months, if not a couple of years, and is coming to the launchpad with several titles, including a new Sin City comic and a return to Ronin, the sci-fi samurai creation Miller wrote and drew prior to mainstream crossover success with Dark Knight.
Joining Miller in the new venture is Dan DiDio, who acted as co-publisher of DC from 2010 to 2020 and will now serve as publisher. Silenn Thomas, the CEO of Frank Miller Ink, will serve as COO of FMP.
Sin City Art By Milo Manara And Story By Frank Miller
FMP will aim to produce two to four titles a year, which will be a mix of Miller’s creations and new works. Miller is returning to the world of his acclaimed film noir series, Sin City, with a Western tale set in the city’s past, titled Sin City 1858. Ronin Book Two is a follow-up to the six issue mini-series that was originally published by DC in 1983 and 1984 and focused on a ronin reincarnated in a bleak future.
Ronin Book Two #1 cover by Philip Tan
Ronin Book Two Art By Philip Tan & Daniel Henriques Working From Frank Miller’s Layouts
The titles for the new, original works are Pandora and Ancient Enemies.
Pandora Art By Emma Kubert And Story By Chris Silvestri & Anthony Maranville
Ancient Enemies by Dan DiDio & Danilo Beyruth
Details were not given as to which titles Miller would be writing or drawing, nor on the creative teams of the new books. In recent years, for example, when Miller has revisited his works such as Dark Knight, he has worked with other artists. The Dark Knight: The Golden Child, released in 2019, had art by Rafael Grampa — although Miller wrote the story and script.
Miller will be debuting new creations like The Geek in addition to revisiting established franchises.
The goal is for the comics to begin hitting the market later this year and be available in comic shops and book stores as well as digitally. The back catalog for his previous creations will remain with their respective original publishers.
Reprinted from The Hollywood Reporter: LINK