Of all the shocking announcements that came out of this year's San Diego Comic-Con, the one that surprised me the most is that the first comic out of Titan's upcoming Hammer Horror line is The Mummy. Don't get me wrong, Hammer produced four Mummy movies between 1959 and 1971 --- including the awesomely titled Blood From The Mummy's Tomb --- and that's four more Mummy movies than most people made. Still, I would've bet the farm on leading off with Dracula. But then, I suppose I always do.

Either way, the line is starting off with an all-new story of Ancient Egyptian horror from Peter Milligan and Ronilson Freire, with a cover by John McCrea. Check out a few pages from the announcement below!

 

 

Even though I'm partial to Hammer's Dracula films, I can't deny that The Mummy might actually be a good place to start. There is, after all, an upcoming reboot of the (non-Hammer) Mummy franchise starring Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe, so perhaps the time is right once again for Mummy-Mania to sweep the globe.

Here's the solicitation from Titan:

For 2000 years the Sect of Anubis have prolonged their life spans through human sacrifice and the enslavement of an Egyptian High Priestess cursed to walk the afterlife for all eternity.

On one night every 30 years the Sect must offer up a human vessel to house the spirit of the priestess Nebetah so that they can kill her and drink her blood, thus granting them immortality.

But this year they have chosen the wrong vessel and she’s not going willingly...

The Mummy #1 will be solicited in the September Previews catalog.