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Frank Miller will revisit Ronin and Sin City


Comic book creator Frank Miller looks to the past and the future with some of the projects from his new publishing company, Frank Miller Presents, which debuts in November. Miller, editor, CEO and president of the new company, and Dan DiDio, its publisher, will discuss the comics at Megacon, which runs Thursday through Sunday in Orlando, Florida.

Miller will revisit the world of Ronin, a samurai story set in the dark future, originally published in 1983-1984 by DC Comics. A sequel – drawn by Philip Tan and inked by Daniel Henriques from layouts by Miller – will explore the life of Casey McKenna, a security guard who pursued the Nameless Ronin and had a child with him.

Miller also returns to Sin City, his dark series debuted at Dark Horse Comics in 1991. He will write and draw Sin City 1858, a look at the founding of the city.

“I don’t really call it an origin story because it just feels like being bitten by a radioactive spider or blowing up a planet,” Miller said in a phone interview.

Set in the Wild West, the story will feature some household names that will resonate with fans of Sin City, whose last new story was published in 2000. In a departure for the black and white series, there will be a special issue, Sin City in Color, with artist Milo Manara.

News of Miller’s company was originally reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

Many of Miller’s comics have been influential, including stories about Daredevil and his lover Elektra. He also wrote and drew The Dark Knight Returns, which ushered in a new era for Batman. He said his decision to become an editor seemed natural. “You’ve seen other people before me go down the same path – develop a career and take on the work a little more,” he said. “If you look at Will Eisner or Neal Adams, they both did the same thing.”

Two other original projects will complete the company’s initial offer. One, Ancient Enemies, will feature superheroes created and designed by Danilo Beyruth and DiDio, and others created by Miller. (DiDio will write the series, which focuses on an old war between alien races.)

The other, Frank Miller’s Pandora, is a sci-fi fantasy story to be written by Anthony Maranville and Chris Silvestri, who wrote for ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ and ‘Star Trek: Shorts’, and drawn by Emma Kubert, who “comes from the great and glorious Kubert family,” Miller said. “Three generations of brilliant designers now.” Her family’s comic book legacy began with Joe Kubert and continued with Andy Kubert, Emma’s father, as well as her uncle Adam.

“The book will be full of fairy-tale beauty and genuinely spooky beauty,” Miller added.

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