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William of Newbury

From the co-creator of the Eisner Award-winning, bestselling POWERS comes this brand-new anthropomorphic supernatural series that’s Hellboy meets Redwall.

Loosely based on real events in 12th century England during what was known as “The Anarchy,” a time when the country was beset with plague, civil war, and demons.

William of Newbury is a neurotic monk, fearful of the earthly world, but confident and unwavering in the face of true evil. He fights the dead to restore peace, but his brother is intent on stopping him, fearing for his soul. Newbury is dark, yet quaint, deadly yet cute. Follow him as he negotiates with thieves, evades his brother and the church, and battles the undead and evil spirits.

This is a tale fit for lovers of history and supernatural folklore of all ages.

Collects the comic book series William of Newbury #1–#4.
"Historical sources? A Raccoon who turns unsettled spirits? Threading the needle with a bit of Elis Peters' strong minded monk Cadfael and a blessing of medieval ghost hunting, Mike Oeming has woven more wonderful fibers into the rich tapestry of talking animal stories with his William of Newburgh."—David Petersen (Mouse Guard)
 
“I became a fan of Michael Oeming's work from the first time I read Powers, and Willam of Newbury just makes me appreciate his work even more with his beautiful storytelling, artwork, and research into creating such a unique world and characters. If you are not already an Oeming fan this will make you one!”—Stan Sakai
 
“It’s kinda like The Exorcist meets The Secret of Nimh meets The Name of the Rose. So of course I’m in.”—Eric Powell
Michael Avon Oeming began his comics career at the age of 14, breaking in as an inker. Growing up in a small town, Mike found tutelage under Neil Vokes and Adam Hughes, while corresponding with Nexus creators Steve Rude and Mike Baron. After years working in indie press, his first big break was as an inker on Daredevil, and shortly after as penciler/inker on DC’s version of Judge Dredd, then Foot Soldiers at Dark Horse Comics. During the mid-’90s comics crash, Mike moved back into indie comics, starting on his path of creator owned comics with Ship of Fools, co-created with Bryan J.L. Glass. While drawing Ship of Fools, Mike continued with other paying work, such as inking Neil Vokes on Ninjack and drawing Bulletproof Monk, which later became a John Woo film. Business was slow when Mike experimented with a new, simpler style of drawing, and began developing several projects, including The Mice Templar, Hammer of the Gods, Quixote, and what would become Powers with Brian Michael Bendis, whom Mike had met several years earlier. Powers has been nominated for a Harvey Award and won an Eisner Award for best new series. With Powers ongoing, Mike has since tackled several other projects, including Hammer of the Gods, Parliament of Justice, Hellboy, Catwoman, 86 Voltz: The Dead Girl, The Goon, Quixote, Magician Apprentice (with Bryan J.L. Glass) The Cross Bronx, The Darkness, The Spirit, Red Sonja, and Rapture with Taki Soma. His writing stint on the final run of the original Thor as well as on Thor: Blood Oath has been widely acclaimed. Beta Ray Bill and Ares are amongst his other Marvel Comics writing credits. Mike is currently working on The Mice Templar, The Victories for Dark Horse Comics, Takio and Powers with Brian Bendis, all creator owned titles.

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From the co-creator of the Eisner Award-winning, bestselling POWERS comes this brand-new anthropomorphic supernatural series that’s Hellboy meets Redwall.

Loosely based on real events in 12th century England during what was known as “The Anarchy,” a time when the country was beset with plague, civil war, and demons.

William of Newbury is a neurotic monk, fearful of the earthly world, but confident and unwavering in the face of true evil. He fights the dead to restore peace, but his brother is intent on stopping him, fearing for his soul. Newbury is dark, yet quaint, deadly yet cute. Follow him as he negotiates with thieves, evades his brother and the church, and battles the undead and evil spirits.

This is a tale fit for lovers of history and supernatural folklore of all ages.

Collects the comic book series William of Newbury #1–#4.

Praise

"Historical sources? A Raccoon who turns unsettled spirits? Threading the needle with a bit of Elis Peters' strong minded monk Cadfael and a blessing of medieval ghost hunting, Mike Oeming has woven more wonderful fibers into the rich tapestry of talking animal stories with his William of Newburgh."—David Petersen (Mouse Guard)
 
“I became a fan of Michael Oeming's work from the first time I read Powers, and Willam of Newbury just makes me appreciate his work even more with his beautiful storytelling, artwork, and research into creating such a unique world and characters. If you are not already an Oeming fan this will make you one!”—Stan Sakai
 
“It’s kinda like The Exorcist meets The Secret of Nimh meets The Name of the Rose. So of course I’m in.”—Eric Powell

Author

Michael Avon Oeming began his comics career at the age of 14, breaking in as an inker. Growing up in a small town, Mike found tutelage under Neil Vokes and Adam Hughes, while corresponding with Nexus creators Steve Rude and Mike Baron. After years working in indie press, his first big break was as an inker on Daredevil, and shortly after as penciler/inker on DC’s version of Judge Dredd, then Foot Soldiers at Dark Horse Comics. During the mid-’90s comics crash, Mike moved back into indie comics, starting on his path of creator owned comics with Ship of Fools, co-created with Bryan J.L. Glass. While drawing Ship of Fools, Mike continued with other paying work, such as inking Neil Vokes on Ninjack and drawing Bulletproof Monk, which later became a John Woo film. Business was slow when Mike experimented with a new, simpler style of drawing, and began developing several projects, including The Mice Templar, Hammer of the Gods, Quixote, and what would become Powers with Brian Michael Bendis, whom Mike had met several years earlier. Powers has been nominated for a Harvey Award and won an Eisner Award for best new series. With Powers ongoing, Mike has since tackled several other projects, including Hammer of the Gods, Parliament of Justice, Hellboy, Catwoman, 86 Voltz: The Dead Girl, The Goon, Quixote, Magician Apprentice (with Bryan J.L. Glass) The Cross Bronx, The Darkness, The Spirit, Red Sonja, and Rapture with Taki Soma. His writing stint on the final run of the original Thor as well as on Thor: Blood Oath has been widely acclaimed. Beta Ray Bill and Ares are amongst his other Marvel Comics writing credits. Mike is currently working on The Mice Templar, The Victories for Dark Horse Comics, Takio and Powers with Brian Bendis, all creator owned titles.