Steve Orlando will be writing Darkhold Alpha #1, coming to your local comic shop in June 2020. Cian Tormey will be the interior artist and the book will feature a cover by Greg Smallwood.
Orlando, who was previously a DC-exclusive writer, is making his Marvel debut with Darkhold Alpha #1, which focuses on the titular eponymous grimoire.
The Darkhold itself originally made its debut in the panels of Marvel comics in Marvel Spotlight #4 (1972) by Gerry Conway, Mike Ploog, and Sam Rosen, a story featuring Werewolf by Night. Since then, it has frequently appeared in many stories set in the Marvel universe, and even headlined a sixteen issue series called Darkhold: Pages from the Book of Sin from 1992 to 1994.
Those most familiar with the Marvel universe through its on-screen adaptions may recognize the Darkhold, which featured prominently in the fourth season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC and made an appearance in season three of Marvel’s Runaways on Hulu.
According to the official announcement, Darkhold Alpha #1 will follow Wanda Maximoff, a.k.a. The Scarlet Witch, as she attempts to save the universe from disaster after the Darkhold falls into the possession of one of the multiverse’s most powerful sorcerers.
While the specific sorcerer isn’t mentioned by name in the annoucement, if the cover is any indication, it may be none other than Doctor Doom himself – a sorcerer with whom Wanda already has a torrid past (see: Avengers: Children’s Crusade from 2012 by Allain Heinberg, Jim Cheung, Mark Morales, John Livesay, Dave Meikis, Dexter Vines, Cory Petit, Paul Mounts, and Justin Ponsor).
The official announcement of the release, from Marvel’s website, follows:
DARKHOLD ALPHA #1 WRITTEN BY STEVE ORLANDO WITH ART BY CIAN TORMEY AND COVER BY GREG SMALLWOOD
ENTER THE PAGES OF THE DARKHOLD —AND LOSE YOUR MIND IN MIGHTY MARVEL FASHION!
Critically acclaimed writer Steve Orlando makes his Marvel debut with a story that will delight and terrify! For hundreds of years, scholars and heroes alike have searched for the complete text of the Darkhold—AKA the Book of the Damned, written by the elder god Chthon. Now one of the greatest sorcerers in the Multiverse has found it—and Chthon has found him. To save them all, the Scarlet Witch must gather the world’s greatest heroes…and unleash their inner darkness.