06 Apr

Beyond the Breach brings ’80s style fantasy adventure to Aftershock this summer

Ed Brisson and Damian Couceiro are launching a new AfterShock title that channels classic ’80s fantasy films

This July, writer Ed Brisson and artist Damian Couceiro will launch Beyond the Breach, a new AfterShock Comics ongoing title that draws on elements of classic fantasy adventure movies with a splash of sci-fi.

Beyond the Breach follows Vanessa, a young woman whose dream vacation is ruined by a strange cataclysm that alters the
world forever, and puts Vanessa on a path to adventure.

“Life sucks for Vanessa. Her mother just died and her boyfriend is cheating on her (with her own sister!). To clear her mind, Vanessa is taking the California road-trip that she’s been dreaming about for years,” reads AfterShock’s official description of Beyond The Breach. “Her postcard-perfect drive through old growth forests quickly turns when the Breach hits. A bizarre anomaly in the sky plunges California into a nightmare-world populated with strange, extra-dimensional creatures.”

“Now Vanessa, along with Dougie, an orphaned child, and Kai, a strange, fuzzball of a beast, must fight to survive if they ever hope to make it back home. If there’s even a home to return to,” the description concludes. “Written by Ed Brisson (Uncanny X-Men, Ghost Rider, Old Man Logan) and illustrated by Damian Couceiro (Old Man Logan, Iron Fist, X-Force), Beyond the Breach is a fantastical sci-fi road trip adventure about perseverance and finding family in unexpected places.”

Brisson himself chimes in on the series announcement to expand on the plot of Beyond the Breach, which has a few thematic elements that echo cult classic ’80s fantasy movies – including ones Brisson himself cites such as Time Bandits, The Neverending Story, and even Beastmaster.

“The book follows the fall out of a cataclysmic event, called The Breach, that knocks the population of earth unconscious. When they wake, they find that all electronic devices have been rendered useless and huge swathes of the planet overwritten with alien landscapes and creatures – creatures both friendly and deadly,” Brisson explains of the series’ plot.

Here’s a gallery of interior pages, along with covers from Coucerio/Paricio Diepeche and Declan Shalvey:

“Our protagonist, Vanessa, had hoped to embark on a weeklong road-trip along the California Coast. Her mom has just passed away and she just discovered that her boyfriend is cheating on her with her own sister,” Brisson continues. “Things suck and this trip was supposed to be about her leaving her troubles behind and seeing redwoods and old-growth forests, but instead, she finds herself plunged into a nightmare world of human-eating aliens. Vanessa, along with a small group of survivors – a small child and a dimensionally-displaced fuzzball – set out to find out what the hell happened and if there’s any way for them to undo it.”

Things will only escalate from there, with Brisson describing an expansive cast of sci-fi and fantasy-esque creators and concepts.

“As the series unfolds, we’ll meet more dimensionally displaced survivors as they embark on a journey to find answers. Every day brings a new threat and new answers. This is a story about finding family in the strangest of places and the most trying of circumstances,” Brisson concludes.

“I’m excited to be working with Damian on a creator-owned project again. We’ve done a few things together at Marvel over the last few years, but it’s been about 4 or 5 years since he and have the opportunity to build our own world together. Thrilled to have Patricio Delpeche on board to grace us with his otherworldly colors and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, who I’ve been working with a lot lately.”

Beyond the Breach #1 goes on sale on July 14.

 

30 Mar

SEISMIC PRESS KICKS OFF ITS YA LINE WITH ‘RAINBOW BRIDGE’ BY STEVE ORLANDO, STEVE FOXE, AND VALENTINA BRANCATI.

Seismic Press kicks off its YA line with ‘Rainbow Bridge’ by Steve Orlando, Steve Foxe, and Valentina Brancati.

AfterShock Comics has announced they’re getting into the young adult game with a new imprint called Seismic Press. Along with this news, it was revealed the 12-18 range imprint will kick off with Rainbow Bridge by Steve Orlando, Steve Foxe, and Valentina Brancati this August.

“AfterShock’s mission has always been to push readers out of their comfort zones and defy expectations – providing top creators and up-and-coming storytellers with an opportunity to tell the stories they’ve always wanted to tell in the ways they’ve always wanted to tell them,” said Editor-in-Chief Mike Marts via press release sent to AIPT. “With SEISMIC PRESS, our mission is to apply the same high-quality approach to content, talent selection and presentation but extend it to a much wider audience and demographic.”

So what’s Rainbow Bridge about?

Rainbow Bridge will focus on the story of Andy, a boy whose canine best friend passes away just before he enters high school, leaving him alone and rudderless. The day before school starts, when Andy is at his lowest, he visits Rocket’s grave and unexpectedly summons the Rainbow Bridge, a gateway to a wondrous world where pets discover their afterlife. With roles reversed, Andy is there to support his childhood guardian during one last epic adventure as Rocket embarks on a fantasy quest to find his lost littermate while ultimately giving Andy the confidence he needs as he enters his high school years.

The future of Seismic Press is bright, as AfterShock has revealed new titles will be announced for 2022 including original works by How To Train Your Dragon’sRichard Ashley Hamilton and Ted Anderson (ORPHAN AGE). AfterShock will also repackage comics series already released for Seismic Press like The Lollipop Kids, written by Adam Glass and Aidan Glass with illustrations by Diego Yapur, and Oberon, written by Ryan Parrott and drawn by Milos Slavkovic.

For more on this news, read the official AfterShock press release below.

Los Angeles, CA (March 30, 2021)—AfterShock Comics, a division of AfterShock Media and the industry’s fastest-growing independent publishing company, today announced the debut of SEISMIC PRESS, a new imprint focused exclusively on groundbreaking content for readers in the 12-18 age range. SEISMIC PRESS will debut its first title, RAINBOW BRIDGE, from creators Steve Orlando and Steve Foxe and illustrator Valentina Brancati, this coming August.

Since the establishment of AfterShock as an independent comics and graphic novel publisher a little over five years ago, the company has worked with top creators to bring critically-acclaimed titles to an ever-growing audience of readers and genre enthusiasts. With a growing arsenal of new concepts for young adult (YA) readers from many of these leading creatives combined with the need for graphic novels among educators and booksellers to satisfy a growing demand, SEISMIC will package AfterShock’s quality, intelligence and commitment to cutting-edge storytelling in titles crafted for a younger audience of comic enthusiasts.

“AfterShock’s mission has always been to push readers out of their comfort zones and defy expectations – providing top creators and up-and-coming storytellers with an opportunity to tell the stories they’ve always wanted to tell in the ways they’ve always wanted to tell them,” said Editor-in-Chief Mike Marts. “With SEISMIC PRESS, our mission is to apply the same high-quality approach to content, talent selection and presentation but extend it to a much wider audience and demographic.”

SEISMIC’s inaugural title, RAINBOW RIDGE, from creators Steve Orlando and Steve Foxe, is slated for debut in late summer and will focus on the story of Andy, a boy whose canine best friend passes away just before he enters high school, leaving him alone and rudderless. The day before school starts, when Andy is at his lowest, he visits Rocket’s grave and unexpectedly summons the Rainbow Bridge, a gateway to a wondrous world where pets discover their afterlife. With roles reversed, Andy is there to support his childhood guardian during one last epic adventure as Rocket embarks on a fantasy quest to find his lost littermate while ultimately giving Andy the confidence he needs as he enters his high school years.

“Comics retailers and bookstores alike have benefited from the explosive growth in YA,” said Steve Rotterdam, SVP of Sales & Marketing. “We’re extremely excited by this opportunity to bring AfterShock levels of excitement and engagement to the category.”

Additional titles under the SEISMIC PRESS imprint will begin rolling forth at the start of 2022 and will include original works by How To Train Your Dragon’s Richard Ashley Hamilton and Ted Anderson (ORPHAN AGE). Plans for the line also include the repackaging of AfterShock series that have already demonstrated strong YA appeal, including THE LOLLIPOP KIDS, written by Adam Glass and Aidan Glass with illustrations by Diego Yapur, and OBERON, written by Ryan Parrott and drawn by Milos Slavkovi.

23 Mar

Thomas Jane Teams With Logan Writer on Lycan Series at AfterShock

The Punisher star Thomas Jane, Logan screenwriter David James Kelly and Mike Carey are collaborating on a Lycan series for AfterShock Comics.

The Punisher star Thomas Jane is teaming with Logan screenwriter David James Kelly and Mike Carey (Lucifer, The Girl with All the Gifts) on a new AfterShock Comics series titled Lycan.

The description of Lycan reads, “Year of Our Lord 1777: A hardened band of international big game hunters returning from Africa are shipwrecked off a small British island. In exchange for new supplies and the repairing of their good ship The Calydonian, Lord Ludgate engages the men for a task they are particularly well suited for: find the Berserking Beast that has been eating his subjects, including a group of young Benedictine Nuns, and destroy it.”

“Thomas and I have talked about working together for quite a while now, so when the chance came to merge his love and passion for the comic book medium with AfterShock’s own, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect,” said Joe Pruett, Publisher and CCO of AfterShock Comics. “With our proven track record of launching successful, creator-owned titles, and the talent Thomas brings to the creation of a book the opportunities for this book and our relationship are limitless.”

“I am beyond excited to be partnering with AfterShock Comics to develop the universe of Lycan,” Jane said. “It’s a story I’ve been wanting to tell for a long time and I’m very lucky to have a great team of creators with David and Mike to bring it to life through the upcoming comic book series.”

Jane is co-founder of Renegade Entertainment alongside Lauren Penn. The company launched in late 2019 and recently completed production on the western thriller The Last Son, starring Thomas Jane, Sam Worthington and Colson Baker, and the horror-comedy Slayersstarring Abigail Breslin, Thomas Jane and Malin Akerman. Renegade will soon start production on the anticipated crime drama series Troppo alongside AGC Television, starring Jane.

“Being a company that prides itself on a maverick creative spirit and transmedia approach to storytelling, we’re beyond excited to segue into the comic world with Lycan, and to work alongside our amazing and like-minded partners at Aftershock Comics,” said Lauren Penn, co-founder of Renegade Entertainment. “Their expertise and experience will be instrumental in bringing this universe to fans globally.”

The initial six installments of Lycan will debut in the first half of 2022.

18 Mar

Tobin, Mutti, and Esposito To Set “Bunny Mask” Free at AfterShock in June

AfterShock Comics have announced “Bunny Mask,” a new horror series from writer Paul Tobin (“Colder”), artist Andrea Mutti (“Hellblazer”), and letterer Taylor Esposito (“Red Hood and the Outlaws”).

Cover by Andrea Mutti

“Bunny Mask” will see the titular ancient being set free by protagonist Tyler Severin after he is involved in a traumatic incident. Tyler will be forced to confront the mysteries that surround Bunny Mask, such as what she uses her supernatural abilities for, and what her connection to Bee Foster, a girl who was murdered by her own father fourteen years earlier, is, whilst contending with the impact Bunny Mask has on his own life now that she is imprinted on him.

In the press release, Tobin stated that his inspirations for the series include “the films of Dario Argento, the old Warren magazines, particularly ‘Vampirella,’ some of Junji Ito’s work, the strange art of Toshio Saeki, William Mortensen’s photography, and so much more! Anything that treads that line between horror and the somewhat sensual, it’s probably been a spark for this series.” Tobin continued, saying that the series will feature a “mixture of overt and sublime horror,” and “[play] with the aspect of how encountering the unknown, dealing with terrible forces beyond understanding, can change someone.” “Bunny Mask” #1 is scheduled for release on June 9 with a main cover by Andrea Mutti. On release there will also be a variant cover by Charlie Adlard (“The Walking Dead”), and a Bunny Mask Mask Variant by Mutti.

The Adlard variant cover, out-of-sequence preview pages, and full press release are as follows.

 

Bunny Mask #1 / $4.99 / 32 pages / Color / On Sale 6.09.2021
Writer: Paul Tobin
Artist & Colorist: Andrea Mutti
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Cover: Andrea Mutti
Incentive Cover: Charlie Adlard
Bunny Mask Mask Variant: Andrea Mutti

A new horror series from the creator of the Eisner-nominated Colder!

Sealed in a cave before the dawn of man, released by a crazed madman, Bunny Mask walks our world once more. But for what dark purpose does she use her unnatural powers? And what’s her connection to Bee Foster, a young girl murdered by her father fourteen years ago? In order to save his life – and his sanity – one man will have to discover the truth of what waits behind the mask.

Writer Paul Tobin (Colder) and artist Andrea Mutti (MANIAC OF NEW YORK, Hellblazer) unleash an eons old legend upon an unsuspecting world – one that’ll make your most horrific nightmare feel like a walk in the park!

PAUL TOBIN ON WHAT THE BOOK IS ABOUT AND WHY HE’S EXCITED FOR IT TO COME OUT:

“Bunny Mask is the story of Tyler Severin, who—due to traumatic incident—uncovers and releases Bunny Mask herself, an ancient, supernatural creature, incredibly powerful and possibly evil, but the thing is…she likes him. It’s almost as if she’s imprinted on Tyler, since he helped her “hatch.” The series is about the ripple effects, or more honestly the tsunami effects, on Tyler’s life and the world.”

PAUL TOBIN ON SOME OF HIS INSPIRATIONS BEHIND CREATING THE BOOK:

“Ooo! There’s plenty of inspiration for Bunny Mask in my head! The films of Dario Argento, the old Warren magazines, particularly Vampirella, some of Junji Ito’s work, the strange art of Toshio Saeki, William Mortensen’s photography, and so much more! Anything that treads that line between horror and the somewhat sensual, it’s probably been a spark for this series.”

PAUL TOBIN ON RECALLING THE FIRST COMIC HE READ, AND HIS MOST FAVORITE COMIC HE’S READ TO DATE:

“The first comics I can ever remember reading were a stack of old Marvel and DC comics from the 1960’s. My cousin Denny had helped clean a neighbor’s garage and ran across them, and gave them to me. There were issues of Spider-Man, and Superboy & the Legion, and X-Men, Tales to Astonish, Tales of Suspense, Strange Tales. A lot more. Thanks, Denny! As far as favorite comic ever? Maybe Hugo Pratt’s Corto Maltese adventure stories, particularly the Africa and Siberia stories. I’m also a huge fan of the works of Richard Sala. I miss that guy.”

PAUL TOBIN ON (3) REASONS WHY COMIC READERS SHOULD PICK THIS BOOK UP:

“We’re hitting on that mixture of overt and sublime horror that I love and that I played with in my last foray into horror, the Eisner nominated Colder series. And we’re playing with the aspect of how encountering the unknown, dealing with terrible forces beyond understanding, can change someone. And I like to think that in the character of Bunny Mask herself we’ve created a character that, much in the same manner as Tyler Severin, people will be drawn to her. I think those are all elements that should convince readers to come along with us on this ride!”

 

09 Mar

Screenwriter Evan Daugherty Recalls ‘John Wick’ Influence for AfterShock Adventure Comic

‘Seven Swords,’ teased by the ‘Divergent’ scribe as a “slightly darker and more modern” swashbuckling story that mashes up some of the greatest heroes in literature, releases June 16.

Divergent screenwriter Evan Daugherty has penned a new adventure comic titled Seven Swords.

From independent publisher AfterShock Comics (Babyteeth, Witch Hammer), Seven Swords follows jaded muskateer D’Artagan who is drawn into final conflict with Cardinal Richelieu, and recruits the help of Don Juan, Captain Blood and Cyrano de Bergerac to defeat a looming enemy.

“My greatest passion as a screenwriter is telling old stories in new ways,” Daugherty tells The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s what I tried to do with Snow White and the Huntsman: take an iconic fairy tale and find some new way into it, updating and revising it for our modern era. That was the goal with Seven Swords as well.”

Daugherty says that he grew up as a fan of “rip-roaring swashbuckling” books, movies and TV series such as Alexandre Dumas’ novel The Three Muskateers, Edmond Rostand’s play Cyrano de Bergerac – both of which he re-read for this project — and Rob Reiner’s The Princess Bride. He also revisited Richard Lester’s Muskateer series of films from the 1970s’ and Errol Flynn’s 1948 interpretation of Don Juan.

“I desperately wanted to tell a story in this genre,” says Daugherty, “and it felt like a mashup of some of the greatest swashbuckling heroes in literature would be a clever way to do it.” Noting that there is an “electric sense of fun and adventure” in those old stories, Daugherty adds that his goal with the comic was to give the series a “slightly darker, more modern edge.”

He then summons a “curveball” influence: the John Wick series. “I felt like these swashbuckling swords-for-hire were, in a strange way, sort of the mercenaries or hitmen of their era. In fact, as a shorthand, I often describe this series as ‘John Wick with swords.’ ”

On the comics front itself, Daugherty says that Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentleman “greatly inspired” this book. Meanwhile, the “pulpy quality” of pre-Unity Valiant comics, in particular Magnus Robot Fighter, Turok, Archer & Armstrong, informed his approach.

Daugherty, whose screenwriting credits also include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Killing Season, notes that his approach to comics writing differs to that of a script because “you have to think even more visually about what’s on the page,” and “be far more economical with your words.”

Of that process he recalls, “I often found myself drawing little thumbnail sketches as I wrote, just to get the roughest sense of how the story might flow on the page. Of course, I kept those sketches to myself and let the amazing artists interpret the words in their own way. Invariably, their changes or adjustments were a vast improvement over what was in my head.”

Seven Swords is illustrated by Italian artist Riccardo Latina, with color by Valentina Bianconi. The book releases June 16.

 

02 Mar

AfterShock Announces New Occult Thriller ‘Out Of Body’ From Peter Milligan And Inaki Miranda

Tuesday morning brings the news that AfterShock Comics have a new series to announce. Out of Body is by writer Peter Milligan, artist Inaki Miranda, colourist Eva De La Cruz and letterer Sal Cipriano and tells the tale of a very different and surreal kind of murder mystery…

“When Dan Collins wakes to finds his life hanging by a thread, he must use his astral projection to discover who tried to kill him. Who is the beautiful mystic who tries to help him? Why does August Fryne want Dan’s soul – and what does it have to do with a demon who seems to be Dorian Gray?  A weird, occult detective thriller about life, death – and whatever lies in between.” 

In the accompanying press release Milligan gave his reasons for being excited about this new series:

“A man wakes to find he’s been attacked and left for dead and is now in a kind of permanent vegetative state, kept alive only by machines. He can’t move or communicate–but somehow he has to find out who wanted him dead before they turn his life support off.  A metaphor for our present restricted locked-down times? A weird thriller about the nature of who we are and how people perceive us?  Yes, all this and more.

He also expanded on the reasons for writing about astral projection:

There are a lot of reasons why I’m particularly excited about this book coming out.  I’ve always wanted to write a story about Astral Projection, since long ago when I spent some time attempting to astrally project myself (a complex rite that involved meditation, salt, and water).  It must be said that the hero of Out Of Body has more success with leaving his corporeal body behind than I ever did!

it’s also always exciting to have a new collaboration with a new artist see the light of day.   A story like Out of Body demands a lot from an artist.  This is a highly-wrought and highly-emotional kind of story. A very human story.   But it also has moments of psychedelic delirium, moments of sheer weirdness. I’m happy to report that the artist on Out of Body – Inaki Miranda – successfully and beautifully manages both.”

As for influences beyond the concept of astral projection?

This story is in some ways like a classic murder mystery.  Except that there hasn’t quite been a murder and it’s the victim himself who’s doing the detecting.  I read all those early classic detective novels,  Chandler, Hammett etc.  The ones I liked always focused on the psychology; more why done it than who done it.  I’ve tried to inject some of that classic detective quality into Out of Body, albeit with a big near death-sized twist.”

So, a series that combines your classic whodunnit with the occult and supernatural. If you’re a fan of Milligan’s writing, you know what to expect. If not, why not? For me, Milligan is still one of the most experimental and exciting writers around. And his brand of bonkers always entertains with a wicked streak of humour running through.

Out of Body #1 is out Wednesday 2nd June from AfterShock Comics. And we leave you with a first look at interior art pages from the first issue.

 

20 Feb

Cullen Bunn and Dalibor Talajić Bring Eden to AfterShock Comics

AfterShock Comics has announced Eden, by Cullen Bunn, Dalibor Talajić, Valentina Briški and Marshall Dillon, and provided CBR with a first look.

AfterShock Comics has announced a new prestige-format romance/horror one-shot called Eden, written by Cullen Bunn, illustrated by Dalibor Talajić, colored by Valentina Briški and lettered by Marshall Dillon.

Eden is the story of Niles, a tattoo artist who is stuck in something of a rut,” Bunn said. “His life is a cycle of work, drunkenness, and guilt—lather, rinse, repeat. All that changes for him, though, when a mysterious young woman named Eden walks through the doors of his tattoo shop. She’s looking for something… different… and she finds it with Niles. But Eden is a woman surrounded by deep enigmas… not the least of which is how and why her new tattoos vanish after only a few days. As Niles learns more about Eden, he is driven to fathomless depths of both love and horror.”

“This is absolutely a horror story, but it is also a love story,” he continued. “Love and horror—they go so well together. It’s also a simply gorgeous book, thanks to Dalibor Talajić, and Valentina Briški. This book is like nothing else you have ever seen from me.”

EDEN / $6.99 / 48 Pages / Color / On Sale 5.5.21

  • Writer: Cullen Bunn
  • Artist: Dalibor Talajić
  • Colorist: Valentina Briški
  • Letterer: Marshall Dillon
  • Cover: Dalibor Talajić
  • Incentive Cover: Tony Harris
  • Tattoo artist Niles lives his life in a kind of daze. Minute after minute, he muddles through the repetitive moments of his job, his life and his guilt. All that changes when Eden walks through the doors of the tattoo shop. She’s looking for something…different…and she finds it with Niles. But Eden is a woman surrounded by deep mysteries…not the least of which is how and why her new tattoos vanish after only a few days. As Niles learns more about Eden, he is driven to fathomless depths of both love and horror.
  • A prestige format “One-Shock” featuring top creative talent, EDEN is a harrowing horror/romance conceived and written by Cullen Bunn (PIECEMEAL, DARK ARK, KNIGHTS TEMPORAL, BROTHERS DRACUL), drawn by Dalibor Talajić (WITCH HAMMER, RELAY) and colored by Valentina Briški. Be prepared to accompany the notions of love, creation and heartbreak to terrifying places.

Eden, by Cullen Bunn, Dalibor Talajić, Valentina Briški and Marshall Dillon, goes on sale May 5 from AfterShock Comics.

16 Feb

“We Live: Era of the Palladions” to Continue the Mirandas’ Sci-Fi Epic

The fifth and final issue of Roy and Inaki Miranda’s AfterShock series “We Live” hits stores tomorrow, and the publisher have announced a follow-up by the same creative team, “We Live: Era of the Palladions.” The series will start sometime later this summer, and continue the story of Tala, who spent the first volume ensuring her brother Hototo left Earth before Extinction Day.

“Now is the Era of the Palladions,” the synopsis states, “a new age for Earth and her people, protected against wild nature by armored heroes. But what happened to Hototo’s friends, Humbo and Alice? How will the world move forward? And what has become of Tala, now that she has no brother to protect?”

Writer Roy Miranda said in an official Q&A that the first arc of “‘We Live’ was really conceived as a prologue. The story, the characters and their destiny gain their true purpose at the end of this first season. And it was risky, because we depended on the sales numbers, we depended on the readers following us to the real ‘starting line’; to the point where we could open the door to this new universe. If the numbers wouldn’t had followed us, we would have missed the chance to really start this story. So the feeling is bigger than excitement, it’s feeling that the dream we want to fulfill really starts now.”

Co-writer and artist Inaki Miranda said he felt grateful to readers for helping them make it “to this point,” and warned this time, “anything can happen. Nobody is safe. Don’t forget that.” Colorist Eva de la Cruz and letterer Dave Sharpe will also be returning for the second run. For more from the Miranda brothers, check out the full Q&A below, and click here for a preview of tomorrow’s finale:

THE MIRANDA BROTHERS ON HOW EXCITED THEY ARE TO BE RETURNING TO THIS WORLD AND GROUP OF CHARACTERS:

ROY: WE LIVE was conceived to start when issue 5 ends. When my brother and I were crafting each issue we really enjoyed knowing where this arc was going. This first arc was really conceived as a prologue. The story, the characters and their destiny gain their true purpose at the end of this first season. And it was risky, because we depended on the sales numbers, we depended on the readers following us to the real “starting line”; to the point where we could open the door to this new universe. If the numbers wouldn’t had followed us, we would have missed the chance to really start this story. So the feeling is bigger than excitement, it’s feeling that the dream we want to fulfill really starts now.

INAKI: There’s also a feeling of gratitude to the readers and a big relief for having made it to this point.

THE MIRANDA BROTHERS ON WHO THEIR FAVORITE CHARACTER IS FROM THE FIRST ARC:

INAKI: I think Roy and I both agree on Tala being our favorite. We worked on her interior a lot. Every step that she takes in the story, we feel it and see it through her eyes and thoughts; she is the readers eyes… she makes us understand and feel the heavy burden of responsibility on her shoulders, the unconditional love she has for her brother and the helplessness that she experiences as she faces such a hostile world.

Well, there’s another reason. We know what’s in store for her in the second season…

ROY: Humbo is also a favorite of ours. I feel his humor is very much like the humor Inaki and I grew up with in my family. I like to think that we were just like him when we were his age; and that we would had faced a world like We Live with his attitude.

THE MIRANDA BROTHERS ON WHAT NEW AND EXISTINNG READERS CAN EXPECT TO FIND IN THIS ARC:

ROY: We erase a lot of boundaries at the end of issue 5. We write new game rules, with as much possibilities as our imagination allows us. But the essence of WE LIVE will continue. You will still hear a voice on the back of your heads saying “don’t get too comfortable, because everything is possible, anything can happen; for better or worse.”

INAKI: Yup, anything can happen. Nobody is safe. Don’t forget that.

THE MIRANDA BROTHERS ON WHO THEY’D LIKE TO DIRECT AND STAR IN, IF THIS SERIES WAS MADE INTO A FILM OR TV SHOW:

INAKI: We’ll leave the actors casting to the director (it’s a tough one). I feel the hidden personality of WE LIVE is a blend between the big epic scope of a blockbuster and the subtle contemplative and intimate beats of an independent film. The perfect director for WE LIVE would be someone who likes and knows how to play in both fields simultaneously.

ROY: This said… how about David Benioff and D.B. Weiss from Game of Thrones.

INAKI: OK, how about Neil Druckmann (The Last of Us).

ROY: Jon Favreau.

INAKI: Gavin O’Connor (Warrior), David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water), Rupert Wyatt (The Gambler), Bennett Miller (Moneyball)… all these would make me happy as well. It’s WE LIVE, anything can happen!

 

09 Feb

Silver City: AfterShock Comics Announces New Supernatural Series (Preview)

In May, AfterShock Comics will launch Silver City, written by Olivia Cuartero-Briggs, illustrated by Luca Merli and lettered by Dave Sharpe.

AfterShock Comics has announced a brand-new supernatural series called Silver City, written by Olivia Cuartero-Briggs, illustrated and colored by Luca Merli and lettered by Dave Sharpe.

Silver City is about a troubled young woman’s posthumous quest to figure out who she is in a strange, purgatorial city, and in so doing, seize her destiny,” Cuartero-Briggs said. “I am so excited for readers to finally get to read this story for several reasons. 1. It’s a really fun exploration into the greater meaning of life, what happens after we die, and even a bit of what happens after that. These first five books are an introduction into an entirely new world, one that I had the time of my life building, and I can’t wait to share it. Another reason I can’t wait for readers to see this book, is the amazing artwork by Luca Merli. He is an incredible talent, and I felt like he was reading my mind throughout the entire illustrating process. He brings the city, the world, and the characters “to life” (no pun intended) in ways I could only dream of.”

Silver City #1 / $4.99 / 32 Pages / Color / On Sale 5.12.2021

  • Writer: Olivia Cuartero-Briggs
  • Artist & Colorist: Luca Merli
  • Letterer: Dave Sharpe
  • Cover: Roberta Ingranata w/ Bryan Valenza
  • Incentive Cover: David Lopez
  • When a young roughneck lands in Silver City, the gritty, purgatorial metropolis of the afterlife, she must adapt to her new existence, while attempting to uncover how and why she died. Her mission is derailed, however, when she rescues a newly dead girl from a mysterious kidnapping attempt, and discovers powerful, kinetic abilities.

Silver City #1, by Olivia Cuartero-Briggs, Luca Merli and Dave Sharpe, goes on sale May 12 from AfterShock Comics.

 

19 Jan

‘Girls of Dimension 13’ Brings a Magic Twist to Comics

The comic book miniseries comes from the creative team of Graham Nolan and Bret Blevins.

AfterShock Comics’ latest launch sees a couple of fan-favorite creators take a number of familiar tropes in unexpected directions, as four women come together to deal with a supernatural threat without even knowing it in the upcoming Girls of Dimension 13.

“As the father of three daughters, I wanted to do a story about girl empowerment with the visual craziness of (Steve) Ditko’s Doctor Strange, but with the heart and warmth of the classic Alex Kotzky comic strip The Girls of Apt. 3-G,” writer Graham Nolan told The Hollywood Reporter when talking about the origins of the book.

The series, Nolan explained, centers around the four young women brought together — via a mysterious invitation — to a building in New York City that is far more than it seems at first glance.

“The building is a nexus point, a portal to the 12 other dimensions,” Nolan said. “A malevolent force known as Abraxis binds these dimensions together, enslaving them to his will. For centuries, the portal has been guarded by a gatekeeper to prevent the forces of evil on the other side from gaining access to the world we know… Now, the gatekeeper, Anna Nightlinger is missing and the only thing standing in Abraxis’ way is four young women with powers and abilities they don’t even know they have… for now!”

Nolan, whose career includes work on DC’s Hawkworld, Detective Comicsand his own Monster Island, as well as co-creating the Batman villain Bane, is teaming with another comic book veteran, Bret Blevins (New Mutants, Harley Quinn, Superman Adventures), for the new series. Look below for samples of Blevins’ art from the first issue, as well as Blevins’ cover for the issue, and Nolan’s artwork for the variant cover. All art is colored by Greg Wright.

Girls of Dimension 13 launches digitally and in comic book stores April 21.

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