Official Press Release
Producer Gale Anne Hurd and her company Valhalla Entertainment are joining forces with Aspen Comics to deliver an all-new series, Dead Man’s Run, written by award-winning film and comic book writer Greg Pak (Planet Hulk, X-Men Phoenix-Endgame).
The property promises to show readers an entirely new vision of hell, the land of eternal damnation, through the imaginative mind of acclaimed writer Pak. Valhalla and Aspen describe the premise of Dead Man’s Run: “In a future where hell exists as an underground prison for the reanimated dead, a young man enlists a team of the damned to escape and save his innocent sister’s soul.”
Ben Roberts, a VP of Development at Valhalla, brought his original idea to Pak. Along with Hurd, the pair developed the comic property and brought it to Aspen.
“We have a wonderful working relationship with Aspen, and it’s very exciting to be working with a talented creator like Greg Pak,” said Gale Anne Hurd.
Aspen Comics President Frank Mastromauro is thrilled about the new property and the publisher’s continued union with Valhalla to create new, original properties: “We’ve (Aspen) shared a close working relationship with Gale, Ben, and the talented team at Valhalla for several years now, and this project is something we feel is a perfect fit to follow up our first venture, The Scourge--a title we co-released together last summer. We’ve been itching to work with Greg on a project for quite some time, and it just so happened that he and Valhalla were already in early discussions for Dead Man’s Run, so everything fell right into place perfectly. We can’t wait to continue our partnership with Valhalla and create this exciting new series that we’re sure our fans will highly enjoy.”
The first volume of Dead Man’s Run will launch with a special introductory zero issue this November, with the series officially beginning in December with the release of Dead Man’s Run #1.
About Valhalla Entertainment
CEO Gale Anne Hurd led Valhalla’s first foray into series television, developing and producing AMC’s hit drama, The Walking Dead, with filmmaker Frank Darabont. The Walking Dead garnered outstanding reviews across the board, quickly breaking ratings records to become the most watched drama in basic cable history, and debuted internationally in over 120 countries in 33 different languages. The Walking Dead will return for a second season in 2011, and earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Drama Series, a Directors Guild of America nomination, Writers Guild of America nomination for Best New Series, and recognition as one of AFI’s Ten Best Television Programs of the Year.
Valhalla has developed and produced a range of projects, including the Bruce Willis blockbuster Armageddon, the futuristic sci-fi thriller Aeon Flux, Marvel’s The Punisher and The Punisher: War Zone based on the classic comic, and the smash hits Hulk and The Incredible Hulk. Gale Anne Hurd is a respected and innovative film and television producer who first rose to prominence producing iconic cultural touchstones, including Aliens and The Terminator.
Hurd and Valhalla produced the recent original Lifetime movie Last Man Standing, and are developing a rich slate of future projects, including the anticipated contemporary action thriller The Nameless with writer Chris Bullett and the upcoming television series Port Royal with GK-tv and FX.
About Aspen Comics
Aspen MLT, Inc. is an entertainment publishing company founded in January 2003 by superstar comic artist Michael Turner. Priding itself on producing entertainment properties of the highest quality visual and storytelling elements, Aspen MLT, Inc. quickly carved its mark on the comic book industry. In addition to Michael Turner's runaway hit, the number one best-selling comic series Fathom, Aspen MLT, Inc. also debuted the fantasy adventure epic series Soulfire in 2004. Both properties have continued on in Turner’s vision with a host of exciting mini-series. Fathom has expanded beyond the series proper and continues to grow with the additions of the new titles Fathom: Dawn of War, Fathom: Cannon Hawke, Fathom: Kiani and more. The Soulfire Universe has also seen it’s fair share of mini-series in addition to the main volumes including Soulfire: Dying of the Light, Chaos Reign, Shadow Magic, and New World Order. As well as continuing to deepen the worlds of Fathom and Soulfire, Aspen continually creates thrilling new properties including it’s newest titles the adventure-comedy Shrugged, the action-adventure series Executive Assistant: Iris, the supernatural-thriller Dellec, and the action-espionage series Mindfield. Along with their own successful properties, Aspen MLT, Inc. collaborates with some of the comic industry's most successful companies and endeavors. Michael Turner and Aspen have collaborated with Marvel Comics including cover work for the best-selling events Civil War, World War Hulk, and Ultimatum. As well, Aspen collaborates with DC Comics providing covers for such best-selling titles as Superman/Batman: The Return of Supergirl, The Justice League of America, and Eisner-nominated covers for the critically-acclaimed and top-selling mini-series Identity Crisis. In 2006, Aspen joined forces with television giant NBC to create the online comic adaptations for the hit television series "Heroes." Aspen is currently teaming up with Valhalla Studios to produce the horror-adventure series, The Scourge. Aspen recently debuted creator Joe Benitez's newest action adventure series, Lady Mechanika.