Penny Dreadful, as the name implies, is one of those deliberately pulpy genre shows that really lends itself to a comics adaptation. That adaptation comes to light on April 5 with the release of Penny Dreadful #1, written by Chris King with art by Jesús Hervás.

We don't know much about what happens in the comic yet, except that it involves cowboy werewolf Ethan Chandler fighting supernatural threats as he adjusts to the absence of Vanessa Ives. In short, it sounds a lot like the TV show. But we do now know that Penny Dreadful #1 will be released with six variant covers.

Stephen Mooney and Rob Davis both do very creepy portraits of Vanessa, while Shane Pierce and Louie De Martinis focus on Ethan himself. Then there are two photo covers, featuring actresses Billie Piper and Eva Green as Lily and Vanessa, respectively, which can be combined to reveal a skull in between them. Spooky stuff.


Cover B - Connecting Photo Variant
Cover C - Connecting Photo Variant
Cover D by Rob Davis
Cover E by Shane Pierce
Cover F by Louie De Martinis


Here's the official word from Titan:


Written by Penny Dreadful TV series Co-Executive Producer Chris King, with interior art from Jesús Hervás (Sons of Anarchy), this new comic sees Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) unable to move on. As he searches desperately for meaning in a world without Vanessa, ancient words echo across the centuries, and he is called on once again to take up arms against the creatures crawling out of the night!

The BAFTA Award-winning Penny Dreadful TV show -- created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar® nomineeJohn Logan (Hugo, Gladiator, Skyfall, Spectre) -- features classic characters from Victorian gothic literature and a host of brand-new characters including: Vanessa Ives, Sir Malcolm Murray, Frankenstein’s Monster, Sembene and Mina Harker.

Titan Comics' Penny Dreadful #1: The Awaking comes with six fantastic covers to collect from artists including; Stephen Mooney (Half Past Danger), Rob Davis (The Motherless Oven), Shane Pierce (Judge Dredd, Vikings), Louie De Martinis(Penny Dreadful prequel mini-series) and also two incredible connecting photo variant covers!