‘True Blood’ Actor Michael McMillian To Co-Write ‘True Blood’ Comic Book

If you haven’t been reading the “True Blood” comic book series, perhaps the direct involvement of a “True Blood” cast member might push you over the fence.

IDW Publishing and HBO announced in a press release today that actor and “Lucid” creator Michael McMillian, who stars on “True Blood” as the nefarious Reverend Steve Newlin, is lending his talents as a co-writer to the television-turned-comic book series. He’ll co-author the second arc of “True Blood” alongside writer Marc Andreyko, with Joe Corroney tapped for art duties.

“Co-writing the ’True Blood’ comic is a dream come true both as a performer on the show and as a longtime comic fan,” McMillian said in a statement. “It’s a real privilege to build on the rapidly growing ’True Blood’ mythology.”

“Marc and I are working hard to make sure the series feels like an extension of the show,” he added. “’True Blood’ fans should expect lots of action, gore, sex, humor and of course, awesome cliffhangers!”

According to the press release, McMillian and Andreyko’s “True Blood” arc centers on freshly turned vampire Jessica Hamby as she’s exposed to a contaminated bottle of Tru Blood that makes her go berserk. Sookie and Bill are tasked with figuring out who or what is behind the bad Blood. The arc marks the comic book debut of several fan-favorite “True Blood” characters including Hoyt, Terry, Arlene and Steve Newlin himself.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the amazing success of the comics and are excited that the release of the comic collection will make the series even more accessible to fans,” series mastermind Alan Ball said. “Michael and Marc have done an amazing job with the second series, crafting a thrilling story that will leave Trubies wanting more.”

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