Hasbro has successfully launched several toys and games like Transformers, G.I. Joe, Battleship, and My Little Pony into new media territory including tie-in movies and comic books. Everyone’s favorite detective board game is making its way to a five-issue comic book series this year from IDW Publishing. IDW has licensed Clue (or Cluedo for British readers) and is planning some fun tying together elements of the game and the 1985 movie Clue that starred Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, and Christopher Lloyd. The new comic book series was announced this weekend at Emerald City Comicon 2017 in Seattle.
The classic cast everyone knows: Colonel Mustard, Miss Scarlett (or Scarlet in the U.S.), Professor Plum, Miss Peacock, Mr. Green, Miss White, and victim Mr. Boddy, are all here. Of course, over the years other characters have entered the fold–like Miss Peach, Monsieur Brunette, Madame Rose, and Sergeant Grey–via spinoff board games like Master Detective and video game versions of Clue. Will they make an appearance in the new series? Two new characters immediately stand-out from the initial artwork released: a young man and woman, the woman a red-headed starlet. One obvious update to the original cast is Colonel Mustard, the classic “great white hunter” and colonial imperialist of the original game story, is now portrayed as a black officer. Also, Miss White doesn’t have the dated servant maid attire of past versions of the game and the movie.
Writer Paul Allor (Guardians of the Galaxy, G.I. Joe) will be scripting the series, with artwork by Nelson Dániel (Dungeons & Dragons, The Cape). They are putting a humorous twist on the game into their new story, similar to that found in the movie version. Also like the movie, the first issue will have three alternate endings, plus three variant covers. Depending on which variant cover edition you read, a unique conclusion unfolds. Is it a clue, or a red herring? Readers can collect all the variants (and clues), as well as the main cover by Eisner award-winning artist Gabriel Rodriguez (the classic game board image above).
Announcing the series this weekend, writer Paul Allor said, “I am incredibly excited to be working on this project, especially with an artist as talented as Nelson Dániel. In the grand tradition of the Clue franchise, we’re crafting a fun, exciting and at times completely bonkers story that will keep people guessing until the very end! I truly can’t wait for comics readers to step into the mansion and find out just what we have in store for them.”
The new series opens after the doomed Mr. Boddy is murdered at his own dinner party. Everyone is a suspect. Will Boddy’s body be the last to fall, or is it just the beginning?
Look for Clue this June from IDW Publishing.