The latest comic from Stēla blends the world of HP Lovecraft with a little Buffy the Vampire Slayer to arrive at Calla Cthulhu. The comic is written by Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer with art by Erin Humiston. The title character is a teenage girl with the blood of Lovecraft's Great Old Ones in her veins. She must struggle against the forces of darkness, many of whom she's related to, and prevent the rise of her namesake, the Great Cthulhu himself.

The first chapter, out today, is mostly action, but it gives us a sense of who Calla is, and sets up the comic's unique tone. Humiston's art is a lot of fun, and the comic clearly doesn't take itself too seriously, but on the other hand there's clearly dark stuff coming. Including Calla's uncle, the King in Yellow (who may sound familiar to True Detective fans).

Today's chapter is the first of six, with a new one available every Thursday throughout June.



From the Press Release:

“Calla Cthulu is a comic with a true dream team at the center of its creation. Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer are crafting some truly compelling and action-packed scripts full of comedy and imagination,” said Stela senior editor Jim Gibbons. “Along with Erin Humiston's energetic and eye-popping art, they've created an amazing new character with Calla—a heroine with heart and some serious family issues to deal with. With Mario A. Gonzalez on inks, Bill Mudron on colors, and Nate Piekos of Blambot® on lettering, it's a one of the most incredibly talented and well rounded creative teams in comics. You don't want to miss this one!"
“Learning to work for the vertical scroll was a challenge, but it's offered a lot of benefits to us as storytellers—you can control the pacing more, prevent accidental peeks ahead and most importantly, really refine how you reveal things through the movement of the panels across a device,” said series co-creator Sarah Dyer. “We think it's really made the stories on Stela something special and different.”
Perfect for fans of H.P. Lovecraft lore, and the action and adventure of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Calla Cthulhu presents an incredible feat of storytelling from Dorkin, Dyer, and Humiston, presented in Stela's distinctive vertical scrolling format.


Stēla is currently available on iOS, with subscriptions running $9.99 per month.