Fans of the Showtime drama Dexter will be thrilled to learn that Marvel Comics is turning “America’s favorite serial killer” Dexter Morgan into a comic book star. DEXTER #1, the first volume in a five-issue miniseries, will debut February 2013.
Played by Michael C. Hall in the TV show, Dexter Morgan, a forensics expert for Miami’s police department, will go toe-to-toe with a new villain, the “Skid Row Slasher” — but not before he faces old classmates at his high school reunion. Marvel writes:
As this new menace racks up a body count to rival that of Dexter, can Miami’s “darkest” hero save the day and keep his cover intact as a normal, well-adjusted member of society?
Jeff Lindsay—who wrote Darkly Dreaming Dexter, the first book in a six-part crime novel series that inspired the TV show—will pen the series. “Marvel Comics has always been a place where I felt at home. It has been a very important part of my life, and has always been a wellspring of creative and relevant ideas,” the New York Times best-selling author told Marvel.
The comic book will be illustrated by Dalibor Talajic, who also inked some Deadpool comics.
The Dexter comic could make a killing if The Walking Dead‘s recent success is any indication. A copy of Walking Dead No. 1 (Image Comics) sold Wednesday for more than $10,000 on eBay, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The zombie series did not sell well during its small first printing in October 2003, but once the show became “the most watched drama in basic cable history,” the comic books’ value increased dramatically. Its 100th issue, published in July, is the best-selling indie comic of the 21st century to date.