Five years after the death of its creator Drew Hayes, APE Entertainment is reviving the much-loved indie fantasy series Poison Elves, promising that the new book will stay as true to Hayes' vision as possible.

Hayes' original series launched in 1991 as I, Lusiphur (The name of the main character, and unrelated to any potential Satanic content despite the title), gaining more popularity when it adopted the more familiar title and signed with Sirius Entertainment as a publisher in the mid-90s. Mixing fantasy and metal - Lusiphur was reportedly Hayes' Dungeons & Dragons character, styled after Lux Interior and Glenn Danzig - Poison Elves quickly found a loyal cult audience that stayed with the book until Hayes' death from a pneumonia-related heart attack in 2007.

Announcing the new series today, APE Entertainment CEO David Hedgecock called Hayes' original "one of the biggest influences in my decision to become a comic book professional," and said that the APE series will be "one small way for me to say 'thank you' to Mr. Hayes and to the legacy he left behind." The new series will be produced by "people with an intimate understanding of not only the material Mr. Hayes produced but of the man himself," according to the publisher (Only artist Osvaldo Montpeller has actually been named as part of the interior creative team, however). "Through exhaustive research of the existing material and with the extensive notes Mr. Hayes left behind for continuation and completion of his epic series, we are creating new works that are absolutely going to thrill readers, new and old," the announcement explains.

The new series launches in March with a first issue featuring covers by Darick Robertson, Terry Moore and Montpeller.