John Ostrander and Tom Mandrake have a pretty amazing track record. The long-time collaborators are probably best known for their work at DC with titles like The Spectre and Martian Manhunter --- and for the creation of Johnny Karaoke, an extremely minor Batman villain that I might be the only actual fan of --- but now, they're reuniting for a new project. It's called Kros: Hallowed Ground, and it's the story of a vampire hunter taking on the undead at the Battle of Gettysburg.

To fund the new book, Ostrander and Mandrake launched a Kickstarter campaign this week, and to be honest, I'm not sure they've invented a unit of time small enough for how fast I hit that link to get this comic.

 

 

The story takes place over the three days of the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War, where another battle is taking place at night, with vampires drawn to the scene by the massive number of casualties. Standing against them is Kros, a vampire hunter who is himself half-vampire, with --- say it with me, now --- all of their powers, and none of their weaknesses.

It might seem like a pretty familiar setup in terms of the character, but Ostrander and Mandrake are more than talented enough to make it feel fresh, and the art that's already up --- colored by Sian Mandrake --- has the same moody darkness that fans have come to expect.

On another note, if memory serves, Kros represents the first major new project undertaken by Ostrander since the surgery that saved his eyesight from glaucoma a few years back, and while he's been doing comics work all along, it's good to see him back taking on an exciting new graphic novel with Mandrake.