Official Press Release
Oni Press is pleased to announce the fall publication of the collected version of the hit miniseries by Guy Davis, THE MARQUIS: DANSE MACABRE. Featuring a new color cover by Davis and Vince Locke, the trade paperback will also have the added bonus of the LES PRELUDE story originally published by Caliber Comics, an all-new prologue story, and an introduction by CRUSADES and SANDMAN MYSTERY THEATRE writer Steve Seagle.
It was during the 18th century that the Ministry of Inquisition ruled over the lands of Venisalle. In the world of the Marquis, faith is not only the religion but the strict law of life and death. It is into this world that the souls of Hell have escaped to sin, murder, and be free within the possession of the living. During this time one man has been "blessed" with the ability to see into the very souls of the damned and fight the demons within. But as the Marquis begins his holy crusade to send back the escapees of Hell, the lines of good and evil begin to blur into a struggle between faith and sanity.
"I've been a fan of Guy's work for as long as I can remember," said Oni Press editor in chief Jamie S. Rich. "So I was ready for THE MARQUIS to be something special, but there is no way I could have anticipated the amount of care he would put into this work. His always intricate artwork has an extra flair in this series and his love and dedication to this world and these characters really comes off the page."
In addition to all the original material from the comics, the paperback will feature a variety of behind the scenes sketches, designs and concept art.
"THE MARQUIS is a project that has been haunting me to finish for quite some time," commented Davis. "It's a different sort of story than my other work and also a lot more challenging to bring to the printed page, but I'm very happy with how it turned out and I'm looking forward to releasing it as one whole story in book form."
"DANSE MACABRE is really a story that demands to be read in one sitting," Oni publisher Joe Nozemack said, "and with Halloween following on the coattails of its release, THE MARQUIS: DANSE MACABRE is a perfect piece of disturbing horror for people looking for another way to celebrate All Hallow's Eve."
Fans of Guy Davis and the twisted world of the Marquis can also look forward to Davis' return to the character in 2002.
"I'm not finished with the Marquis or the unfortunate residents of Venisalle," added Davis. "The story of the Marquis' curse is one with many twists and turns yet to go. DANSE MACABRE was only the beginning and I'm looking forward to telling the rest of the story."
MARQUIS: DANSE MACABRE trade paperback retails for $18.95. It has 192 pages of black-and-white story and art with a special black, white, and red chapter five, and an exclusive full-color cover. It ships to comic book stores on October 3, 2001. It contains harsh language and mature situations.
Visit The Marquis website at www.onipress.com.
Source: Oni Press