Variety brings word that “Supernatural” creator Eric Kripke is penning a six-issue comic series under DC’s Vertigo imprint titled “Amped,” which he will also be developed as a TV series set to air on USA Network.
The comic is said to follow Josh Jaffe, a neurotic family man who buys an online ‘smart pill’ to increase his focus and jolt him out of his slump, but gets much more than he bargained for. To his surprise, the pill gives him incredible strength and power. The story examines both the mighty highs and humiliating lows of being a real-life super hero.
“Eric has such a clever, irreverent cadence which makes him a natural writer for the Vertigo line,” Executive Editor Shelly Bond said. “‘Amped’ promises to be as addictive as its title substance.”
“Pretty much everything I’ve ever written has been insanely influenced by Vertigo, so it’s a dream come true to write my first comic there,” Kripke said. “AMPED is a project I’m foaming-at-the-mouth passionate about– and it’s also the most personal, warts-and-all story I’ve ever told. So I’m having the time of my life writing the comic– and basing the TV series off the comic, too. I can’t wait for readers to read it– and then down the road, for watchers to watch it.”
Created and written by Kripke, “Amped” will feature pencils by John Higgins (“Judge Dredd,” “Before: Watchmen”) and cover art from Brian Bolland (“Batman: The Killing Joke”).