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First look: Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham's human-hating horror comic 'Nameless'

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Announced at the beginning of this year, Nameless is a forthcoming six-issue miniseries by Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham. Described by Morrison as his first full-on horror comic, both he and Burnham have been working very hard to find some of the most terrifying, depraved ideas ever dreamed up for the hero, Nameless, to face. Below, courtesy of Image Comics, EW has an exclusive first look at preview pages from Nameless #1.

Nameless is the most detailed, textured line work I’ve ever drawn, and the panel arrangements are stranger and more precise than anything I’ve ever thought up,” said artist Chris Burnham. “If I’m doing my job right, it’s all wordlessly, subconsciously pointing at the themes of our series, and you’ll feel it creeping up from your guts even as it’s stabbing you in the eyes.”

Here’s how writer Grant Morrison describes the forthcoming miniseries, in his own, distinctly Morrison-esque fashion:

Nameless is my first collaboration with Chris Burnham since we wrapped up our run on Batman and it’s our first no-holds barred horror comic—a disturbing anti-human voyage to the hopeless outer limits of cosmic nihilism and cruelty, in the company of six doomed astronauts on a mission to save our planet from an approaching asteroid. Needless to say, they get far more than they bargained for.

In my superhero comics, I’ve tended to be a cheerleader for the human spirit, but Nameless gives me a rare opportunity to articulate a long-withheld sneering contempt for our miserable species, with its self-serving, sentimental, suicidal self-delusions and its greedy, willful ignorance.

Inspired by the dark side occultism of the Tunnels of Set, by pessimist philosophers like Thomas Ligotti and Ray Brassier, and by our culture’s unstoppable, almost erotic, obsession with its own destruction, Nameless is a light-hearted romp through the sunlit meadows of a baby unicorn’s daydreams!

Not.

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