Guy Davis' The Marquis returns in February with THE MARQUIS: HELL'S COURTESAN, a two-issue mini-series from Oni Press.
The series helps bridge the gap between the recent DANSE MACABRE mini-series and the next major MARQUIS project, DEVIL'S REIGN. Set again in the fictional land of Venisalle, HELL'S COUTESAN finds Vol de Galle, the Marquis, back from the pits of Hell and forced to confront a new incarnation of an old evil.
"This new series finds Vol de Galle with a little competition in his battle to purge the damned of Venisalle. Someone is getting to the possessed townspeople before he is and they're making quite a mess," Davis says. "It's up to the Marquis to determine which side of the war between Earth and Hell this new player is on. A mystery that's not so much a 'whodunit' as a 'whydidit.'"
"Guy is a busy man and we knew there was going to be some time before he could create the next act in the MARQUIS saga," says Oni editor James Lucas Jones. "But Guy was so overwhelmed by the success of the first series that he really didn't want to keep people waiting anymore than he had to. A couple shorter stories set between the longer character arcs seemed like the perfect solution."
While this series is a break between the full-length MARQUIS mini-series, it's definitely not a breather for the main character.
"Vol de Galle's crusade takes an unexpected turn in this story," explains Davis. "The Marquis is used to fighting the devils of hell and the church controlled state, but when a young courtesan enters the fray things get a little more complicated."
HELL'S COURTESAN is the first of two interlude stories set to come out before the next major MARQUIS story, DEVIL'S REIGN. The second of these shorter mini-series, THE MIDWIFE, is scheduled for the third quarter of 2002.