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CrossGen's Route 666

By Rob Allstetter     February 19, 2002

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CrossGen Comics will launch ROUTE 666, a horror title, in June. The book is written by Tony Bedard, penciled by Karl Moline, inked by John Dell and colored by Nick Bell.

Here's how CrossGen describes the book:

"ROUTE 666 tells the story of Cassie, an escaped mental patient who targets seemingly random victims as she drifts across the country. She claims they are monsters, disguised as humans, covertly dwelling among us, and only she can detect them. She claims they steal souls to use for some unknown, unspeakable purpose. She must be a dangerous lunatic, right? But what if she's not?"

"There are a million reasons why this is a dream project for me," Bedard says. "Ever since discovering Alan Moore's SWAMP THING, I've been a huge fan of horror comics, and in ROUTE 666 we've managed to combine all the things I love about those kinds of stories -- the psychological tension, the supernatural horrors, ghosts, the Devil...even classic movie monsters! Also, this all takes place in a very accessible contemporary setting, with a 1950s Cold War twist that I find fascinating, both visually and thematically. Most of all, I'm excited to be collaborating on this with Karl Moline, John Dell and Nick Bell, all of whom I greatly admire as artists and creators. There's not one ingredient in this witches' brew that doesn't put my creative engine in overdrive."

ROUTE 666 is Moline's first regular work for CrossGen. Known for his run on JOSS WHEDON'S FRAY for Dark Horse, Moline continues to use his skills to draw monsters, but very different ones this time.

"Drawing FRAY has been a great experience for me," Moline says. "But ROUTE 666 is so completely different. I love the '50s look and feel and I'm going to have a blast drawing the old-style cars, and the wide variety of monsters that Tony is writing into the stories. It'll be great to draw more than just vampires."


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