Universal Monsters: Creature from the Black Lagoon Lives #1 by Dan Watters, Ram V and Matthew Roberts

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Dan Watters (Lucifer) and Ram V (The Many Deaths of Laila Starr, Detective Comics) are writing Universal Monsters: Creature From The Black Lagoon Lives! The pair are known for their acclaimed works in the indie world and for DC.

It will be a four-issue limited series. Matthew Roberts, the co-creator of long-running Image title Manifest Destiny, is drawing the story with Dave Stewart acting as colorist.

The comic hails from Skybound’s partnership with Universal Products & Experiences and the first issue will hit comic shops April 24.

It’s the second title from the Universal partnership and follows the well-received limited series Dracula, by James Tynion IV and Martin Simmonds. The comics line is intended to pair bold-faced comic industry names with the studio’s stable of iconic horror creatures.

The story is not an adaptation of the 1954 black and white classic (Arthur Adams did that in 1993 for Dark Horse Comics) but is a modern day-set tale of suspense, intrigue, and terror that connects to the original movie. The limited series introduces new characters such as journalist Kate Marsden and serial killer Darwin Collier while also bringing back Dr. Edwin Thompson, the scientist whose face got mangled by the Gill-man and was later covered in bandages.

Per Skybound, the story sees journalist Marsden hunt a notorious serial killer in the heart of the Amazon. Hot on the trail of this madman, she soon encounters an unexpected new threat – the Creature from the Black Lagoon – and must determine if he is friend or foe.