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Namtar here in the Antarctic…

Excitement is brewing for a few hardcore fans of John Carpenter’s “The Thing.”  The prequel film (under the same title) will terrify theatergoers on October 14th.  The story revolves around a group of international scientists who are stationed at a Norwegian Antarctic outpost known as Thule Station.  They discover an alien frozen in the ice, which thaws out and wreaks havoc upon the expedition.

Now Dark Horse Comics and Universal Studios are tying the release of the film into a digital comic book entitled “The Thing: The Northman Nightmare.”  Written by the underrated author and story weaver Steve Niles with art by Patric Reynolds, and colors by Dave Stewart “The Thing: The Northman Nightmare” tells the story of pioneering Norsemen who discover a shape-shifting creature that is hiding in a desolate village with few human survivors.

With the setting in frigid Greenland, the comic introduces the audience to a group of Norsemen who find themselves caught in a game of survival when they discover a terrifying creature. The shape-shifting monster has the ability to turn itself into a perfect replica of any living being. It can look just like you or me, but inside, it remains inhuman. And it hides somewhere in a desolate village with few human survivors, among them a strange group of women…

The FREE online comic book will be released in three parts beginning on September 21st, with the following installments coming out on September 28th, and October 5th respectively.  The offer is available at www.digital.darkhorse.com and via the free Dark Horse Comics mobile app.

“The Thing” will land in theaters on October 14th, 2011, and stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen, Adewale Akinnuouye-Agbaje, Joel Edgerton, Jonathon Walker, Kim Bubbs, and Ulrich Thomsen.  Eric Heisserer (“A Nightmare on Elm Street” (remake)) penned the screenplay, which is based on the short story by John W. Campbell, Jr.  Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. (“Zien,” “Red Rain”) directs the film.

Source: digital.darkhorse.com, Universal Pictures, movieweb.com