By Jeff Jensen
July 11, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Joss Whedon is adding a Twist to his resume.

The geek pop polymath who brought Marvel’s The Avengers to the screen and created the TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly will tell his next story in comics. Twist, to be published by Dark Horse Comics, sounds quintessentially Whedonesque.

“It’s a Victorian thriller about a meek chambermaid who is fed to a dark horror — but instead of dying, she returns, with knowledge, power, and rage she can neither deny nor control,” Whedon told EW in a statement via Dark Horse. Expect a strong steampunk aesthetic, some dark knight thematics, and Whedon’s typically imaginative, provocative approach to political, social, and feminist concerns.

Whedon is no stranger to comics. He wrote an acclaimed revamp of Astonishing X-Men for Marvel Comics in 2004. Since 2007, he has written or executive produced a line of popular Buffy comics published by Dark Horse. He’s dialed down his comics work in recent years due to the demands of directing Avengers and launching the ABC drama Marvel’s The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which will enter its third season this fall. Whedon has said in many recent interviews that he’s no longer working for Marvel Studios, so now he has time to pursue his new, original projects.

While the deal for Twist just came together, Whedon has been noodling the idea for quite awhile. The comic — which will launch as a six-issue mini-series — doesn’t yet have a release date. It doesn’t have an artist yet, either, but it will soon. Julian Totino Tedesco drew the image you see here, but he isn’t expected to draw the series. Nate Piekos of Blambot created the logo.

Whedon is announcing the book at Comic-Con today during his annual Dark Horse panel, which for the first time is happening in Comic-Con’s cavernous mainstage venue, Hall H. It’s possible he might elaborate on the premise at that time.

Twist represents the second surprise “twist” Whedon has provided Comic-Con this year: On Thursday, he showed up to moderate the panel for Comedy Central’s Another Period.

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