Comic-Con News: Red 5 Comics and Bad Hat Harry Productions have announced a series of original graphic novels based on the 1995 neo-noir film The Usual Suspects. The first title, Keyser Soze: Scorched Earth, will release in early 2016.

The Oscar-winning film was directed by Bryan Singer (Superman Returns, the X-Men franchise) and starred Kevin Spacey, Stephen Baldwin, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne, and Kevin Pollak.  The film follows the police interrogation of small-time criminal Roger “Verbal” Kint, one of only two survivors of a gun battle and fire on a boat docked in the Port of Los Angeles. Told through flashbacks, Kint narrates an increasingly complex tale of a heist gone wrong, which was the brainchild of the near-mythic Hungarian mob boss Keyser Soze. The film is now remembered as having one of the most definitive plot twists in cinematic history, and Spacey, who portrayed Kint, won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role. The film also received an Oscar for best Original Screenplay.

Keyser Soze: Scorched Earth will be written by Red 5 Comics co-founder Paul Ens (Neozoic, Afterburn, Star Wars: Evasive Action, Versus). The story is set nine years before the film, following a younger Soze as he builds a drug empire in the mid-1980s.