AfterShock Comic announced a new title Tuesday morning with the graphic novel The Replacer written by Zac Thompson with art by Arjuna Susini, described as a bizarre mashup of IT, The Exorcist and The Diving Bell and The Butterfly.
The trade paperback is based on Thompson’s true story of coming to terms with a disabled parent.
“The Replacer is a concept I’ve been developing for a few years. It’s about how a little boy, Marcus, who’s world is irrevocably changed after he witnesses his father suffer a massive stroke. When his disabled father returns home, permanently paralyzed and unable to speak full sentences, Marcus becomes convinced that his father has been replaced by a demon. I’m excited for this to come out because this book is a rumination on my own life experience. My father suffered a from a massive stroke when I was seven, and it took me a very long to understand what that meant to me as a person and how much it changed the way I see the world. I’m excited for people to read a horror story with a different kind of lens, and to shine a light on how we treat people with disabilities,” said Thompson.
Thompson has most recently been part of the writing team with Marvel’s Spider-Geddon and Age of X-men.
According to the press release, The Replacer is a complete 64-page graphic meditation on loss, tragedy and fear told through the eyes of a nine-year-old — a horror tale about learning to walk again, even if a demon has to teach you how to do it. Check out the 5-page preview below.
About The Replacer:
The 1990’s. Tragedy strikes the Beharrell family in the form of a debilitating stroke. Now the youngest child in the family is convinced his paralyzed father didn’t truly fall ill but is possessed by something sinister. He believes a demon, THE REPLACER, has come to take away his jolly, agreeable, tech-obsessed Dad. But no one seems to see the monster — and with every passing day, his father falls deeper into the clutches of evil.
Dee Cunniffe colored the book.
AfterShock Comics’ The Replacer hits your local comic book store on April 24.
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