Bete Noir is something different from the Mad Robot Comics crew. Something new.
The eagle-eyed French speakers will raise a circumflex-shaped eyebrow at that title, of course - but Mad Robot supremo Matt Hardy is on that case.
"Bête noire is a French term that means something or someone that causes fear or dread. Essentially, your bête noire is the bane of your existence.
"Why we called our new book Bete Noir will become apparent - but the different spelling is intentional. Got to get up early to catch us out!"
Different indeed - for Bete Noir is set in a world where the age of heroes has been long forgotten.
The story is by Andrew Clemson - the man who forced Star Bastard (Scout Comics) on the world - and with art by Kris Wantowhy (Red Letter Day).
Matt Hardy tells us a little more.
"The most feared vigilante of days past, The Djinn, is back from supposed death to exact revenge on his betrayers," he said. "But is the man in the costume the same as he was all those years ago - or is he something altogether….different?"
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/153289885/bete-noir-1 - follow the link for more preview art from the book.
Maybe the world does still need superheroes - even screwed-up ones.