Summer 2023 sees the long-awaited arrival of some of AfterShock's most in-demand Collected Editions! Starting with A CALCULATED MAN and WE LIVE: AGE OF THE PALLADIONS in mid-July through to DOGS OF LONDON at the end of August, 'tis the season to shatter your summertime expectations and prepare to Read Dangerously!

Summer Reads 2023

A Calculated Man TPB

  • Release: 2023-08-09
  • Order Code: NOV221079

He's got your number.

A verifiable math genius, Jack Beans used to run the numbers for the Pinafore crime family, until one day he ran them too well and concluded that the only way out of this life was in a casket or Witness Protection. So, he turned state's evidence and ran.

Now, the Pinafores are out to end their favorite accountant. Little do they know that Jack's skills with math and his perfect memory have made him a better killer than they ever could have realized. What follows is a journey full of murder, mayhem and mathematics.

Writer Paul Tobin (BUNNY MASK, MY DATE WITH MONSTERS) and artist Alberto Alburquerque (The Amazing Spider-Man, Savage Sword) unleash a master of math on a mission to eliminate a criminal empire for good.

This 120-page volume contains the entire series, issues #1-4.

We Live (Vol 2): Age of the Palladions TPB

  • Release: 2023-08-09
  • Order Code: JUL221081

A Bold New Beginning to a Brave New World!

Welcome back into the hopeful, apocalyptic world of Tala and Hototo.

Six years have passed since Salvation Day, when Palladions emerged as the protectors of humanity, saving the five remaining Megalopolis.

But nothing stays and the horizon always brings a new storm.

These are dark times. The shield around Megalopolis 9 has lost thirty percent of its reach. The New Nature has learned to create cuts in the energy channels that power the Beacon and the Palladions. A never-ending horde of beasts siege the remains of the city.

Tala and Hototo, along with friends new and old, must brave the wastes of this world to save the shield, and in doing so will face new clever and horrible Beasts, visions of a ruined future and even humans who have lowered themselves to the depths of depravity. Will they be successful? Or is humanity's brief reprieve from the apocalypse all but over?.

WE LIVE: AGE OF THE PALLADIONS is a world of violence and beauty, a unique tale of the apocalypse as told by Inaki Miranda (Catwoman, Batman Beyond) and Roy Miranda, that invites both dread and hope.

This 176-page volume contains the entire second arc, including Issue #1 Black, Issue #1 White and issues #2-#5. 

Bunny Mask Vol 2: The Hollow Inside TPB

  • Release: 2023-08-16
  • Order Code: OCT221227

She's Back!

Is there sickness? Oh, yes, there is sickness.

Her footfalls don’t exist. She leaves no marks. Her eyes are a white abyss. Her name is Bunny Mask, and she’s free from her cave and moving through the city, searching for sickness and enacting her own unfathomable sense of justice.

Can Tyler Severin control her? Does he want to? The answers are still hidden, but what’s clear is that Bunny Mask is back to grab you by your eyeteeth and never let go.

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

Volume two contains the entirety of THE HOLLOW INSIDE, issues #1-4, as well as the 2021 Free Comic Book Day issue, BUNNY MASK TALES.

Land of the Living Gods TPB

  • Release: 2023-08-16
  • Order Code: JUN221192

Beyond Home. Beyond Time. Beyond Belief.

It is said that when the world dies, the spirits of the first people will return to witness the last days of humanity. Well, the spirits have arrived, and the end is here. But not everyone has given up hope.

Naledi, a teenage girl living in the deserted city once called Johannesburg, has always believed that there is a land, hidden away in time where the gods still live. And where there are gods, there are miracles. Perhaps even miracles that are big enough to save our dying planet. And so, after a lifetime of isolation, Naledi will head out into the unknown with little to hold onto but her faith – and her magical pet plant, Buyo.

A fairy tale for the times in which we find ourselves, brought to life by South African writer and producer Isaac Mogajane (Matwetwe, Catching Feelings) and Brazilian artist Santtos (Night Shift), LAND OF THE LIVING GODS will introduce you to a world of wonder and cruelty, beauty and perseverance – and will leave you profoundly changed.

This volume collects the entire first arc, issues #1-5.

Astronaut Down TPB

  • Release: 2023-08-23
  • Order Code: NOV221080

Sometimes, the right stuff isn't enough.

Douglas Spitzer wants to be one of the "astronauts" selected for the crucial Mission Politzer. And just like astronauts like Buzz Aldrin and Sally Ride, Douglas is brave, adaptable, and self-sacrificing. He's one of the program's best candidates.

But if he qualifies, Douglas won't be traveling through space; he'll be launched into alternate realities on a desperate mission to save Earth from a horrific crisis that has our world on the brink of extinction. Unfortunately, it's a mission where everything will go wrong, where Douglas' training and very humanity will be put to the test, and where a deep-seeded secret could sabotage everything.

Writer James Patrick (KAIJU SCORE, CAMPISI: THE DRAGON INCIDENT) and artist Rubine (SEARCH FOR HU) lead us on a perilous undertaking to save the planet from total destruction!

This 128-page volume contains the entire series, issues #1-5.

Kaiju Score (vol 2): Steal from the Gods TPB

  • Release: 2023-08-16
  • Order Code: AUG221077

This heist's an even BIGGER monster.

Michelle is back! She has her own crew and she's making her own rules. Unfortunately, her tendency for getting into hot water still remains, and her involvement in that now-infamous job in Florida, known as the Kaiju Score, is haunting her in many different ways. It's about to put her on a collision course with a new job, new characters, and – of course – new monsters.

The second volume of the critically acclaimed, best-selling KAIJU SCORE (optioned by Sony Pictures) is here, and just like last time, not everyone will get out alive.

Written by James Patrick (CAMPISI: THE DRAGON INCIDENT, Grimm Fairy Tales, Death Comes to Dillinger, The Monsters of Jimmy Crumb) and illustrated by Rem Broo (The End Times of Bram and Ben, Terminal Protocol), KAIJU SCORE: STEAL FROM THE GODS takes the crazy of the first volume to new heights of WTF.

This volume collects the entire second arc, issues #1-4.

Where Starships Go to Die TPB

  • Release: 2023-08-30
  • Order Code: NOV221081

What in Hell is Happening at Point Nemo?

Point Nemo – the farthest oceanic point on earth from any landmass. A spacecraft graveyard where rockets and satellites can be safely ditched on the ocean floor. In a near future ravaged by climate change, an African astronaut teams with an Indian shipping magnate to mount a dangerous salvage mission to recover the wreck of humanity's first interstellar starship. But what they find is beyond their worst nightmares.  

Mark Sable (MISKATONIC, WAR ON TERROR: GODKILLERS) and Alberto Locatelli (The Believers, Cinque) bring you a sci-fi horror tale that will make you rethink the space race.

This 128-page volume contains the entire series, issues #1-5.

Dogs of London TPB

  • Release: 2023-08-30
  • Order Code: OCT221226

Payback's a Bitch.

How deep must you bury a body to make sure it doesn't haunt you?

Frank and Terry are about to find out. They were once members of The Dogs, a feared gang who ruled much of London's underworld back in the swinging 60s. They thought they'd escaped their troubled pasts, but the past isn't dead – it's just bashed about a bit and very pissed off.

Spanning different times and classes, DOGS OF LONDON is a brutal, bloody tale of violence, love, revenge...and sleeping dogs who refuse to roll over and play dead.

Written by Peter Milligan (OUT OF BODY, X-Force, Hellblazer) and brought to bloody life by Artecida, the Dogs have awoken – and they seek more than mere revenge.

This volume contains the entire series, issues #1-5.

Vineyard, The TPB

  • Release: 2023-09-27
  • Order Code: APR230961

Wine to die for.

THE VINEYARD is a family-owned winery that sows and reaps by the blessing of the great god of wine and revelry, Dionysus. However, the Vines family's patron god requires complete devotion in the form of four sacrificial killings a year before each harvest. This has been done in unfettered obeisance. But all of that changed when the family's patriarch, Didache Vines, was in a horrible accident that left him paralyzed and in a wheelchair.

Now, the sacrificial and murderous duties of the Vines family have fallen to wife and matriarch, Maranatha Vines. With harvest season fast approaching and the family short of their annual sacrificial killings, Maranatha's struggle with her conscience puts all of her family – husband, son and daughter – in jeopardy.

Written by Brian Hawkins (Black Cotton, Believe in the Name, Don't Ever Blink) and illustrated by Sami Kivelä (CHICKEN DEVIL, UNDONE BY BLOOD, Abbott), THE VINEYARD is what happens when family values and otherworldly obligations collide.

This 104-page volume contains the entire series, issues #1-4.

Samurai Doggy TPB

  • Release: 2023-09-27
  • Order Code: APR230962

Careful. He bites.

During the Fourth War of the Sun, a small dog named DOGGY experienced an irreparable trauma: his mother was brutally murdered, and his eight brothers, still puppies, were kidnapped by a mysterious man. To save them, Doggy fought bravely against the terrible killer, but all his efforts were in vain, and he was left for dead. What nobody imagined was that a technological vulture scavenging the region for corpses would be the one to rescue the dying dog from death's scythe.

Now, Doggy has become Samurai Doggy, and his only goal is to quench his thirst for revenge.

Written by Chris Tex (BlackOut) and illustrated by Santtos (LAND OF THE LIVING GODS, BlackOut, Night Shift), SAMURAI DOGGY is a story of loss, revenge and the journey to defeat the greatest empire of machines and robots that has ever existed.

This 192-page volume contains the entire first volume, issues #1-6.

Bulls of Beacon Hill TPB

  • Release: 2023-09-27
  • Order Code: JUL230869

Revenge is a family thing.

Doctor Christopher Boldt has everything he ever wanted: A successful career as a surgeon, a supportive and loving boyfriend, and an overload of hype on his rumored run for Boston City Council. But there's one problem – it's all held up by a lie. For years, Chris has been hiding in plain sight, desperate not to be connected to his father, Orin Paige, one of Boston's most notorious gangsters.

Until now, Chris has been able to live with the secret. And Chris's father has been just as happy to deny any connection to his queer son, who he sees as a liability in the mob world. Now, Chris's political aspirations have put father and son on a collision course. A collision course bathed in blood.

From Eisner and GLAAD Award-Nominated writer Steve Orlando (Extreme Carnage, Midnighter, Darkhold, KILL A MAN, SEARCH FOR HU) and artist Andy MacDonald (Rogue Planet, Loki, MY DATE WITH MONSTERS, I BREATHED A BODY), comes a story of family secrets and violent retribution.

This collection contains the entire series, issues #1-5.