14 Oct

Seeley & Howell’s DARK RED returns for new WHERE ROADS LEAD one-shot

The latest “One-Shock” from AfterShock Comics is due out in January.

Writer Tim Seeley and artist Corin Howell‘s Dark Red debuted from AfterShock Comics back in 2019, and quickly won readers over with its blend of political satire and vampiric horror. Now the world of the series is set to return next year with Dark Red: Where Roads Lead, the latest of AfterShock’s “One-Shock” specials. The one-shot will be written by Seeley, illustrated by Howell, colored by Mark Englert (who also colored the previous five-issue series), and lettered by Carlos M. Mangual. The issue will arrive with a main cover by Howell, and an incentive variant cover by Andy Clarke and Jose Villarrubia.

Here’s how AfterShock describes Dark Red: Where Roads Lead:

The hit vampires-in-the-heartland series returns!

Following the events surrounding the defeat of the Order of the Eventide, blue-collar vampire Chip tries to return to his life of quiet, rural isolation. But soon he has to ditch his late-night convenience store shift to travel across the country to New Orleans to visit a dying veteran. What starts as a trip of noble intent becomes a quest through a hell of wars to retrieve a stolen soul and escape an old enemy.

Writer Tim Seeley (BRILLIANT TRASH, THE BEQUEST) and artist Corin Howell (Shadow Service) return to bring us the next chapter in the epic tale of horror and adventure that is DARK RED – and this one has twice the bite!

In a press release announcing the new One-Shock, Seeley described the enduring appeal of vampires:

“I mean, besides the whole violence and sex thing, which, let’s face it, is the real appeal, vampire stories are flexible and adaptable to every era. To some degree, a vampire story is always about assets, about haves and have nots, and about the race to do something with your life before you’re dead.”

Check out an unlettered five-page preview, as well as the incentive variant cover, for the Dark Red: Where Roads Lead one-shot below. The 48-page issue is set to arrive in comic shops on Wednesday, January 12th, 2022.

18 Dec

The Hollywood Reporter: “Dark Red” is a Vampire Comic with a Twist

Tim Seeley explains the [AfterShock Comics] series, which centers on a vampire living in rural America.

(December 18, 2018)  AfterShock Comics’ upcoming March launch, DARK RED, intends to be a horror comic like none other — on a number of levels.

The series, created by Tim Seeley and Corin Howell, centers around Charles “Chip” Ipswich, one of the so-called “forgotten men” in the United States — a man with a dead-end job who lives in a rural area in the middle of the country with no prospects — until a very special woman comes to town. There’s just one twist: Chip is a vampire.

“He has to make sure his shift is over before the sun comes up,” Seeley tells The Hollywood Reporter about his latest leading man. “It’s a pretty miserable existence, because he doesn’t have access to any of the flourishes and community urban vampires do. And that pisses him off, because he also knows what those fancy bloodsucking fops think of people like him. Then, of course, a stranger comes to town, the bodies start piling up and Chip is forced to confront everything he thinks he knows about himself, vampires, his home and America itself. It’s a story influenced by current events but told with a down-on-his-luck vampire and a cast of some of the best characters I’ve ever managed to make up.”

The writer, who co-created fan-favorite horror comic Hack/Slash and also worked on DC Entertainment’s Hellblazer, said the new series is drawn considerably from his personal experience. He admits that’s “probably strange to say in a story about a vampire.”

“But we’re used to seeing vampires as this very glamorous, urban phenomenon, and I wondered what it would be like to be the bloodsucker who got left out in the country,” he says. “I grew up in a rural area, near a medium-size town. But I’ve lived in major rural areas now for 20 years, after I had to leave my hometown in search of opportunity. I’ve watched the politics and  lifestyles of rural people and urban people become vastly different from each other. I‘ve seen the mutual resentment they share for each other firsthand. So this book seeks to look into that, using a vampire as a metaphor.”

DARK RED is, Seeley says, “a horror-crime title that takes a new look at what it would be like to be a legendary monster, and it takes it really seriously, with a lot of heart. I’m getting to combine the crime aspects of [Seeley’s Image Comics series] Revival with the genre examination of Hack/Slash, and it’s awesomely reinvigorating. Plus, I get to work with Corin Howell, who is doing some really beautiful work on the interiors, and my old friend Aaron Campbell on covers, who has become an absolute master at creeping people out.”

DARK RED No. 1 will be released March 20, 2019 in comic book stores and digitally.