AFTERSHOCK Launching Line of Original Graphic Novels

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Just in time for the holiday season, AfterShock Comics, will continue to further imprint its place in the uniqueness of the comic book industry by introducing a binge-worthy library of OGNs.

The line will begin on Dec. 19, 2018, with the release of Witch Hammer by the creative team of Cullen Bunn and Dalibor Talajic. The story follows two agents, Guinness and Frontenac, who are both charged with bringing the witch-murderer to justice. This goat-mask wearing vigilante is going after witches, but we see them as everyday people, therein lies the dilemma. The more the agents fall down the mystical and fantastic rabbit hole, however, the more they will start to question the duties they have been tasked with. Bunn describes this graphic novel as a Punisher book, but with a supernatural twist.

Witch Hammer is a different kind of horror story,” said Bunn. “This is a bloody, violent, frightening thriller, and I can’t wait to hear what readers think about it. Dalibor was built to draw this kind of dark story. His work here is going to inspire awe, dread and fear … His grasp of crime elements, of horror elements, of tension and mood is unsurpassed.”

Next up, Out of the Blue, a World War II-inspired action thriller that takes place in the skies. The story is centered on Jamie McKenzie, who is a member of the Royal Air Force. He is deployed to engage the Germans along a dangerous enemy coast. His C.O. doesn’t favor him and assigns him an unfavorable route, including in a unreliable bomber plane. This book is slated for a March, 2019, release from the creative duo of Garth Ennis and Keith Burns.

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Rounding out the list of incoming original graphic novels is Horde. This series is tabbed to land on shelves in summer of 2019. Both Marguerite Bennett and Leila Leiz have constructed a book that is about a haunted house that plays off its fascination of hoarders. Specifically, that of Ruby Ando, who is seeking to reconnect with her distant mother, following the death of her father. She visits the home, seeking the attention she was neglected as a child, only to find it poured into a massive collection of material possessions, thus suffocating the house. She starts to ponder whether the trinkets are actually possessing her mother and will attempt to free her mother from her material obsession, before the collection absorbs them forever.

Click HERE for a sneak peek at some interior work for Witch Hammer and HERE for an exclusive look at both Out of the Blue and Horde, both initially reported on by SyFy Wire.

What do you think, do you like this new initiative in giving readers the opportunity to binge? Do you think this will catch on with other publishers? Let us know in the comments section below.

Michael Stagno
Michael is a New England native and fluent in Italian. He graduated with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism (RTVF) from Auburn University. He is a BIG fan of the Boston sports scene, X-Men and X-Force. He loves his black lab (named Yaz), pop culture, science, space and gaming. He's also a crossfitter, paddleboarder and marathoner.

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