AfterShock Comics’ Releases in October 2018

DEAD KINGS #1

Writer: Steve Orlando
Artist: Matthew Dow Smith
Colorist: Lauren Affe
Letterer: Thomas Mauer
Cover A: Matthew Dow Smith
Cover B: Michael Gaydos
$3.99 / 32 pages / color / on sale 10.24.18

NEW SERIES!

Thrice-Nine took Sasha’s brother, and it took Maria’s heart.

Plagued by the ramifications of a techno-magic world now thirty years gone, Thrice-Nine is a dirty folklore world that limps along, degenerating into a place filled with paranoia and poison. Sasha Vasnetsov thought he’d escaped all that, but when news comes that his younger brother has been kidnapped by the secret police, he finds himself dragged back into the madness with a simple goal—to find his brother.

But Sasha is going to need help to do this, and he enlists Maria Kamenaya, a former warrior with hundreds of enemy kills to her name, who was betrayed by the very country she served. This quest is how they get both of those things back, in the lawless land of decapitated states…the land of DEAD KINGS.

Written by Steve Orlando (Batman/Shadow, Crude, Midnighter, VIRGIL) and drawn by Matthew Dow Smith (October Girl, Suicide Squad, X-Files) DEAD KINGS is an in-depth exploration of retribution, in all its dark, complex forms.

THE LAST SPACE RACE #1

Writer: Peter Calloway
Artist: Alex Shibao
Colorist: Natalia Marques
Letterer: Marshall Dillon
Cover A: Alex Shibao w/ Natalia Marques
Cover B: Juan Doe
$3.99 / 32 pages / color / on sale 10.10.18

NEW SERIES!

It started as an anomaly. An outlier in the noise that’s so common in astronomical data. But the truth sends the United States—and the world—careening into what will become humanity’s LAST SPACE RACE.

Leading the effort for the United States is one man, Sasha Balodis. A fun-loving tech billionaire turned aerospace titan, Sasha’s seemingly perfect life has been gripped by recent tragedy. Building and launching the most expensive, most ambitious and most important project in history—well, it gives him something to live for again.

There’s only one thing standing in his way: his arch-rival and chief aerospace competitor, Roger Freeman.

Written by Peter Calloway (TV’s Legion, Cloak & Dagger, Under the Dome) and drawn by Alex Shibao (Independence Day), THE LAST SPACE RACE is an imaginative investigation into wonder, hope and humanity’s grandest purpose—a truly original story AfterShock couldn’t be more fired up to tell.

LOLLIPOP KIDS #1

Writer: Adam & Aidan Glass
Artist: Diego Yapur
Letterer: Sal Cipriano
Cover A: Robert Hack
Cover B: David Lopez
$3.99 / 32 pages / color / ON SALE 10.03.18

When immigrants came to the new world they didn’t only bring their hopes and dreams, they also brought their MONSTERS.

Years ago, early setters locked these monsters away in a secret prison deep in the woods of NEW AMSTERDAM so that they never would return to the Old World again. Those woods have become CENTRAL PARK and now the monsters have escaped! NICK, 14, finds out that he is a “legacy” to a secret society that for the last 400 years has kept these monsters in check–he and a ragtag group of kids just like him have to put the monsters back before they get out of the park and destroy the city.

Brought to life by Adam Glass (ROUGH RIDERS, THE NORMALS, Teen Titans) and Aidan Glass, with art by Diego Yapur (The Night Projectionist, Priest: Purgatory), LOLLIPOP KIDS is an epic re-imagining of the things that go bump in the night….

RELAY #4

Writer: Zac Thompson
Story: Zac Thompson & Donny Cates
Artist: Andy Clarke
Colorist: Jose Villarrubia
Letterer: Charles Pritchett
Cover Artists: Andy Clarke w/ Jose Villarrubia
$3.99 / 32 pages / color / on sale 10.24.18

In the future, the galaxy is united under a monolith known as the Galactic Relay. Although the towering monument is meant to inspire conformity of ideas, technology and progress, it is not without its enemies, and many have begun to resent the foreign structure. Bow, Jad Carter, a Relay employee, has found the Relay’s mythological creator.

Jad is lost in deep space searching for the farmer and the first world. Are the legends of Hank Donaldson merely fiction? Too bad he may never find out. Legions of derelict space pirates and the entirety of the Relay’s forces will stop at nothing to keep Jad from the truth.

Written by Zac Thompson (The Dregs) and art by Andy Clarke (REPLICA, Batman). Story by Zac Thompson and Donny Cates (BABYTEETH, Venom, Thanos, Doctor Strange, God Country).

BABYTEETH #14

Writer: Donny Cates
Artist: Garry Brown
Color Artist: Mark Englert
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Cover Artist: Garry Brown w/ Mark Englert
$3.99 / 32 pages / color/ on sale 10.03.18

So, hey, welcome back, folks. How about that issue 13, huh? I told you it was bananas.

Anyway, look, I’d like to be able to tell you this one is easier or nicer somehow, but really…have any issues of this book not been insane and weird? Would you even believe me if I said it was? No. You wouldn’t. So, yeah, this issue is more of all that.

Plus: BETRAYAL! (Dramatic music cue!)

From Donny Cates (RELAY, Thanos, Venom, Doctor Strange, God Country, Redneck) and Garry Brown (THE REVISIONIST) comes BABYTEETH—a pulse-pounding horror series that just HAD to be told–and AfterShock is telling it!

MOTH & WHISPER #2

Writer: Ted Anderson
Artist: Jen Hickman
Letterer: Marshall Dillon
Cover Artist: Jen Hickman
$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / on sale 10.10.18

SECOND ISSUE!

Everyone knows the two greatest thieves in the city are the Moth and the Whisper, but few know that Moth and Whisper are missing. And what nobody knows is that the new Moth and Whisper are actually one person pretending to be both of them: Niki, their teenage child.

The truth about Niki’s parents and their disappearance is out there, but can Niki survive long enough to find it?

Niki’s hunt for Wolfe, takes them to a high-class party where the elite rub shoulders with the city’s criminal underclass. With billions in wealth in the room, security’s going to be extra tight—so if Niki wants to live up to the mantles of their parents, it’s going to take all their skills to make it in and out alive …

A Young Adult cyberpunk thriller starring a genderqueer super-thief, MOTH & WHISPER is the brainchild of Ted Anderson (My Little Pony, Adventure Time) and Jen Hickman (Jem and the Holograms, The Dead), and a socially significant and engaging story that AfterShock is proud to present.

PATIENCE! CONVICTION! REVENGE! #2

Writer: Patrick Kindlon
Artist: Marco Ferrari
Color Artist: Patrizia Comino
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artists: Marco Ferrari w/ Patrizia Comino
$3.99 / 32 pages / color / on sale 10.17.18

SECOND ISSUE!

Disregarded, disrespected and dismissed, Renny has a chip on his shoulder.

Once a partner in the criminal syndicate that rules Las Vegas, he has been banished to a shack in the desert. But the shack has a workshop, and Renny’s been busy. It’s time to march his robot army into the neon hell of a cyberpunk Vegas and retake his seat at the table. Or take the wood from the table and build enough caskets for the whole syndicate.

Old friends better run, because Operation PATIENCE! CONVICTION! REVENGE! is underway.

Renny and Robot Paul try to break the syndicate’s stranglehold on Las Vegas’ red light district. But a trip to the brothel proves deadly when Renny gets recognized by an old flame who would love to bury the hatchet–into his skull!

Written by Patrick Kindlon (There’s Nothing There, We Can Never Go Home) and drawn by Marco Ferrari (Famous Monsters Presents) PATIENCE! CONVICTION! REVENGE! continues Kindlon’s exploration of difficult characters and irreverent themes.

BEYONDERS #3

Writer: Paul Jenkins
Artist: Wesley St. Claire
Letterer: Marshall Dillon
Cover Artist: Wesley St. Claire
$3.99 / 32 pages / colors / on sale 10.24.18

Imagine there was a single, mysterious word, written in English, that found itself scrawled across multiple ancient sites, some of which predate the English language. Imagine that word was the key to possibly solving the greatest treasure hunt of all time. Now, imagine a young boy named Jake finally decoded the meaning of the word, and along with his loyal, one-eyed Welsh Corgi and his increasingly confused partners, went in search of the word’s meaning, only to find it led to multiple treasure troves.

Now, imagine that the very book you in which you were enjoying this story contained its own awesome treasure hunt–hidden inside every panel–and you’d have BEYONDERS #3!

From Paul Jenkins (ALTERS, Wolverine: Origin, Sentry) and Wesley St. Claire (FU JITSU, Teen Titans) comes the mystery series that can be summed up in one word of its own–AfterShock!

HOT LUNCH SPECIAL #3

Writer: Eliot Rahal
Artist: Jorge Fornes
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Cover Artist: Jorge Fornes
$3.99  / 32 Pages / color / On sale 10.10.18

A midwestern noir series set in the harsh landscape of the northern Minnesota Iron Range, Hot Lunch Special is all about family, food and the fight for survival. Only one question is worth asking…is blood thicker than sandwiches?

There are no secrets now. Only bodies. It’s dinner time, and Dorothy and Jordan are competing to sit at the head of the table, both forcing their family members to make hard decisions. Do the Khourys go to the cops? Or do they go to war? The Khoury criminal legacy is fully revealed.

Some choices have already been made–the Irish crime lord, Big Jim Moran, is getting anxious. He’s left too many loose ends, and he’s forced to cut the strings. The order has been given. It’s time for everyone to die.

From Eliot Rahal, the writer of Cult Classic, The Paybacks and Quantum & Woody comes HOT LUNCH SPECIAL, with art by Jorge Fornes (Amazing X-Men, Wolverine, Magnus)! 

VOLITION #3

Writer: Ryan Parrott
Artist: Omar Francia
Letterer: Marshall Dillon
Cover Artist: Omar Francia
$3.99 / 32 pages / color / on sale 10.31.18

In the not-too-distant future, robots are fighting for their equal rights. And when a mysterious and deadly disease known as “Rust” threatens all artificial life, salvations lies in the unlikeliest of heroes—with an obsolete construction worker known as HALE-19 and with AMBER-7T, a caregiver.

Pursued by police and bounty hunters alike, HALE-19 must confront his sordid past and place his trust in his former unscrupulous allies to survive. But will they aid him in AMBER-7T’s quest to save robot-kind? Or will they turn him in for the ultimate payday?

From writer Ryan Parrott (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Star Trek, Batman: The Gates of Gotham) and new artist sensation Omar Francia (Star Wars, Mass Effect), witness the birth of Artificial Intelligence in AfterShock’s bold new sci-fi adventure series.

ANIMOSITY: EVOLUTION #9

Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Eric Gapstur
Colorist: Rob Schwager
Letterer: Marshall Dillon
Cover Artists: Eric Gapstur w/ Guy Major
$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / On sale 10.17.18

The chaos and paranoia in the City by the Sea rises to a fever pitch as conspiracy and assassination open the gates to civil war. Desperate to save what little order remains, Adam races to prevent genocide as the Animals and humans alike walk into a trap that could destroy all they have worked for and all they have saved.

From the brilliant mind of creator/writer Marguerite Bennett (INSEXTS, Bombshells and Batwoman) with artwork by SHIPWRECK’s Eric Gastur, ANIMOSITY: EVOLUTION is an exciting new series that expands on this already amazing world!

CLANKILLERS #4

Writer: Sean Lewis
Artist: Antonio Fuso
Color Artist: Stefano Simeone
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover Artists: Antonio Fuso w/ Stefano Simeone
$3.99 / 32 pages / color/ on sale 10.17.18

Like the demented stepchild of Game of Thrones, Braveheart and Mark Millar’s Kick Ass, CLANKILLERS brings readers into an ancient Ireland filled with clans, mystics, warriors and monsters of epic proportion!

Finola finds herself deep behind enemy lines, while far-off Cillian is building an army to help her. Bonds are tested, and the question of family fidelity comes to a crashing head in the fourth installment.

From writer Sean Lewis (BETROTHED, The Few) and artist Antonio Fuso (James Bond, G.I. Joe) comes a revenge thriller that’s sure to become a fan-favorite.

THE LOST CITY EXPLORERS #5

Writer: Zack Kaplan
Artist: Alvaro Sarraseca
Color Artist: Dee Cunniffe
Letterer: A Larger World’s Troy Peteri
Cover Artist: Rafael De Latorre w/ Marcelo Maiolo
$3.99 / 32 pages / colors / on sale 10.31.18

Hel Coates, her brother and our teenage urban explorers have journeyed through underground New York City on a journey to find the Lost City of Atlantis…and Hel’s missing father along with it. Now, they’ve reached their destination.

As the first story arc comes to a close, our teenage urban explorers must face the threat of a supernatural guardian and corporate mercenaries, while Hel travels through the mysterious portal—beyond which is anyone’s guess.

Explore science-fiction and archaeology in this new adventure series by Zack Kaplan (Eclipse, Port of Earth) and Alvaro Sarraseca (Magnus, Turok)–a story for the ages that could only have been brought to you by AfterShock!

Rough Riders vol 3 RIDE OR DIE TPB

Writer: Adam Glass
Artist: Patrick Olliffe
Color Artist: Gabe Eltaeb
Letterer: Sal Cipriano
Cover Artist: Patrick Olliffe w/ Gabe Eltaeb
$14.99 / 120 pages / color/ on sale 10.03.18

Volume Three of the hit series!

It’s 1906 and Theodore Roosevelt is the sitting president when a familiar face from his past asks him to call upon his team, the ROUGH RIDERS, to save the world once again. But this time, the threat isn’t anarchists or aliens, no, it’s something from the great beyond, the next world after this one, from Death itself. Something so ancient and evil that the Rough Riders will need to add to their ranks in hope of defeating it.

Enter: A young HP Lovecraft! With Lovecraft riding at their side into danger, the Rough Riders must face a supernatural threat that could lead to the end of everything!

 

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