Anyone who romanticizes the intersection of art and pain should meet the villain of The Electric Sublime, a comic by W. Maxwell Prince and Martin Morazzo. In this preview of the third issue, we find him at work, painting with the blood of a man he's holding prisoner and torturing. And he's doing it while wearing an Andy Warhol wig, no less. What he's painting is the winky-face icon we've been seeing since the first issue, and doing it human blood has to be a clue to how the magical stuff that's been going on has been accomplished.

Meanwhile, young Dylan Thompson has been dream-painting, and we find him looking suitably frightened as he takes the place of the central figure in the immediately recognizable setting of Edvard Munch's famous 1893 painting The Scream. It seems that Dylan, as has been hinted before, has similar abilities (and similar problems) to Arthur Brut, who doesn't appear in this preview. The synopsis says he and Manny the Mannequin are off visiting an old friend inside a painting, which sounds like they're having a better time than most of the characters in this issue.

The Electric Sublime #3 (of 4) is out December 7 from IDW Comics.

 

Art by Martin Morazzo
Art by Martin Morazzo
Art by Martin Morazzo
Art by Martin Morazzo

 

Here's the official word from IDW:

"The only sane response to imperfection is to destroy the imperfect thing..." 

 

While Margot investigates the most recent art crime, Arthur and Manny dive into a familiar painting to visit an old friend. And at the institute, in a blank white room, Dylan sketches something horrific.