Hunted by monsters, an orphaned teen finds solace in a supernatural suit of armor and its ghostly companion in the new phantasmal comic book series Armored. Written and created by Michael Schwartz, illustrated by Ismael Hernandez, lettered by Ferran Delgado, and edited by Chris Stevens, the five-issue comic book series is now on Kickstarter via Clover Press, and to celebrate its crowdfunding launch, we've been provided with an exclusive look at the variant covers for Armored #1 by renowned artists Scott Kolins and Nick Pitarra, respectively.

You can check out the variant covers below (as well as the main cover by Jae Lee) as well as the official press release with additional details on Armored. Check back on Daily Dead tomorrow for our Q&A with Michael Schwartz, and to learn more and support Armored, be sure to visit the comic book series' official Kickstarter page!

Press Release: Screenwriter Michael Schwartz is making his comic book writing debut with ARMORED, a spooky, supernatural comic book series about an orphan who stumbles across a mystical suit of armor haunted by the ghost who wore it centuries ago. Created and written by Schwartz, ARMORED is illustrated by Ismael Hernandez, lettered by Ferran Delgado, and edited by Eisner-winner Chris Stevens. The five-issue comic book series features covers by artists Jae Lee, Nick Pitarra, Chrissie Zullo, Scott Kolins, Matthew Therrien, and Jeff Dickson. The project is being crowdfunded on Kickstarter by Clover Press.

“A few years ago, my entire comic book collection was stolen,” said Schwartz, who penned the screenplay for Gnome Alone. “After that I started to re-collect and revisit the thousands of books I loved — from silver age classics to modern era epics — and realized the potential comic books offered me for telling this ambitious and personal tale. Working with Clover has been a real pleasure as they truly understood the scope of the story and how Ismael Hernandez and I wanted this narrative to unfold for the reader.”

Meet orphaned teen Andy, whose parents mysteriously vanished years before he was adopted at the outset of our story. When Andy starts at a new school out in the countryside, he accidentally discovers a haunted suit of armor and its ghostly keeper, Sir William. When Andy is attacked by the same mysterious creature that killed his adoptive parents’ biological son, Sir William and the suit help Andy defeat the monster — but the monster was conjured by someone, and they’ll stop at nothing to gain control of the armor.

Sir William must train Andy to use the armor properly — not just to defeat the other creatures being summoned by the mysterious antagonist, but also to defeat an even more dangerous other-worldly being prophesied to return to Earth and take the suit of armor for its own kind. As he faces off against more and more horrifying monsters, Andy will need to learn to look within himself to find the strength to overcome his own demons in order to save the Earth. But this mystery may be bigger than just Andy and his suit…

“One of the more exciting aspects of publishing is finding and breaking new talent,” said Clover Press Publisher Hank Kanalz. “Michael is an accomplished screenplay writer, and this is his comic book debut. Chris has assembled a talented team of artists to bring this to visual life, and Michael brings all the thrills and chills of a great horror read.You can tell he loves the periodical art form, and this story doesn’t disappoint.”

Here’s what people are saying about ARMORED:

“Michael Schwartz writes a fear-packed, suspenseful, youthful adventure with a twist that entices us to continue reading more to come.”—Dan Aykroyd Actor/Writer/Director (Ghostbusters, Blues Brothers, Nothing But Trouble)

“A fun read and a great new twist on old-fashioned horror. I have only one question: What happens next?” —R. L. Stine, author of Goosebumps and Fear Street

“A lively and unique amalgam of teen horror and pulp fantasy adventure that's filled with atmosphere, humor, terror and high-stakes heroism!  Classic ‘boys life’ adventure via that sort of SHAZAM-meets-GHOST RIDER comic vibe, with Gothic horror and of course the badass angle of heroic phantasmagorical knights and high-stakes derring-do!”—Chris Alexander, Writer/Filmmaker/EIC/Composer (Delirium Magazine, Cormon/Poe, Queen of Blood)

“Stunning. This is Young Indiana Jones by way of the Hanuka Brothers. The Books of Magic but spec’d Fighter Class. The exact feeling you had as a kid when you picked up a stick in the woods as though it were Excalibur.”—Matt Johnson, Actor/Filmmaker (Blackberry, The Dirties, Nirvana the Band the Show)

“ARMORED is really fun. Thoughtfully pitched for that contemporary context of loss so many are feeling, and renewed sense of wonder we are dedicating ourselves to — a tale for times when there is no choice but to believe that more is possible, as long as we don’t fall backward into the abyss of the days when superstition determined our moves. A fresh enactment of classic narratives — being able to touch the source of legends always ensures the next outpouring will be pure, though the deftness ARMORED shows in doing this is rare. I like the naturalism yet well-timed wit of the dialogue, and the art is really special — nuanced and dimensional, lived-in yet spontaneous-seeming, and able to carry crucial levels of the narrative on its own.”—Adam McGovern, Nightworld (Image Comics);

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About Clover Press: Headed by IDW co-founders Ted Adams and Robbie Robbins, along with Matt Ruzicka and former DC executive Hank Kanalz, Clover Press publishes a wide variety of collected and original content ranging from re-mastered reprints of Terry and the Pirates and Dick Tracy, to horror graphic novels, and high-quality art books. Clover Press is working with a wide variety of creators including Kevin Eastman, Craig & Clizia Yoe, Dean Mullaney, Steve Niles, Gabriel Rodriguez, Ruben Bolling, Matt Bors, Timothy Truman, Jorge Coelho, Richard Bennett, Ricardo Delgado, Ray Troll, John K. Snyder III, Stewart Kenneth Moore, Aron Wiesenfeld, Alex Maleev, David Mack, and more.

About Michael Schwartz: Michael Schwartz is a feature film screenwriter and now comic book writer, who wrote Netflix’s successful animated movie Gnome Alone and recently wrote an adaptation of R.L. Stine's Zombie Town, starring Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase. In addition to writing, he also works in VFX and animation production, having worked on such shows as The Nut Job, What We Do in the Shadows, and The Walking Dead: Dead City.

About Ismael Hernandez: 

Ismael Hernández is a family man. When he is not cleaning his house or playing with his child or enjoying the company of his wife, he plays with old fashioned steel maces and old fashioned inks, watercolors and papers.

Ismael has released several comics and graphic novels since 2009. Some of his titles are “The Wolf and the Crow”, “Cautiverio feliz”, “Miguel de Fuentesanta” and “Varua Rapa Nui”, some of which have been written by him as well.

About Ferran Delgado: 

Ferran Delgado was nominated for the 2019 Eisner Awards, not as letterer but as editor of the acclaimed book Sky Masters of the Space Force, which collected in full for the first time the legendary collaboration between Jack Kirby and Wally Wood. Born in Barcelona, Spain in an undetermined year, he spent most of his formative years working for Spanish publishers adapting foreign comics of any and all kinds, where he developed the versatility of craft that has enabled him to adapt his style to any kind of material and bring the best out of it. A few years ago, he fulfilled his teenage dream to work for US publishers with his lettering on The Savage Dragon from Image and a few retro gigs for Marvel. His current work includes WildC.A.T.s, Batman: The Audio Adventures, and Harley Screws The DCU for DC, Operation Sunshine for Dark Horse, and high-profile creator-owned work like Nick Pitarra's Ax-Wielder Jon.

About Chris Stevens: 

Chris Stevens is a multiple Eisner award-winning editor and writer whose current projects include  ARMORED, AX-WIELDER JON, THE GOLEM OF VENICE BEACH, and THE MARVEL ART OF DAVID MACK.


Variant Cover Art by Scott Kolins:

Variant Cover Art by Nick Pitarra:

Main Cover Art by Jae Lee:

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    Raised on a steady diet of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Derek has been fascinated with fear since he first saw ForeverWare being used on an episode of Eerie, Indiana.

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