John Byrne crafts 'period piece' set in Cold War

By MATT MOORE | July 13, 2011 | 2:35 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — IDW Publishing says that writer and artist John Byrne's first all-new comic series in more than a decade, "Cold War," will go on sale in October.

Byrne told The Associated Press Wednesday the series is set amid the Cold War period and focuses on former MI6 agent Michael Swann who is the go-to guy for dirty missions done on the downlow.

Byrne, whose runs on comics like The X-Men, Superman, Fantastic Four and Star Trek remain fan favorites, said the new series will unfold in four-issue arcs with artwork he said is grittier than his previous efforts.