Comic creator Nick Dragotta is probably known for his dynamic art on acclaimed books such as East of West. This March Dragotta is adding writer to his resume, drawing and writing his own comic series with the 3-issue Ghost Cage miniseries published through Image Comics.
Joining Dragotta as co-writer is Caleb Goellner best known for his work on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures tie-in series from IDW. The creative team also includes Rus Wooten lending his design and lettering talents to the series, Frank Martin Jr. providing colors on covers, and David Brothers serving as editor on the title.
Here’s how the publisher describes Ghost Cage:
When his megacorp power plant falls under attack by terrorists, the super-scientist who revolutionized and controls all energy on Earth sends his ultimate creation (and an adequate employee) in to destroy his most monstrous secrets.
Dragotta discussed the experience of both writing and drawing for the first time:
“Finishing up East of West, I felt ready to start writing and drawing my own comics. Caleb Goellner agreed to co-write with me, and we cooked up Ghost Cage. We set out to make something that feels immediate, urgent, so it’s in screen-toned black and white, hot off the drawing board. We wanted to let the story breathe, so we went with 44-page issues. And lastly, we wanted to tell a story that will make us examine the things we sacrifice on a daily basis, the bits of us that we give up to survive. I love drawing characters that are up against all odds. One character Doyle in particular, her greatest strength is her heart, and SAM, our ultimate weapon, is going to learn all about that from her. I’m trying to push the fast-paced action and cool characters I’m known for. If you liked East of West, my art and storytelling from that series, you’ll dig this book. It’s even got a little existential dread and a white tower… Caleb and I are making a book exactly like we want to do it, and all at Image Comics for their 30th Anniversary. Don’t miss it.”
“In an era of algorithim-ized apathy and doomscroll-driven depression, we created Ghost Cage to re-energize you, heart and soul. Ghost Cage will pit personifications of humankind’s unquenchable thirst for power against one another for your entertainment. Ghost Cage will make fun of your boss’s boss. Ghost Cage will remind you to care. Ghost Cage will make you feel alive!”
Check out the preview art below look for Ghost Cage to arrive in comic stores on Wednesday, March 23, 2022