Chris Sebela (Blue Beetle, High Crimes, Kiss/Vampirella) and Hayden Sherman (The Few, John Carter) are launching their first creator-owned comic from Aftershock for Valentine’s Day 2018: Cold War.
COLD WAR #1 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Color / on sale 2.18.18
writer: Chris Sebela
artist: Hayden Sherman
Panacea Cryonics offered its customers life after death by keeping their heads frozen until the day technology could rebuild them, free of disease and death. However, as these everyday people from the past are revived, they’re not handed the keys to a new life, but a gun, body armor and an ultimatum. They must fight in a war against unknown opponents for unknown reasons, to secure their place in a brave new world that doesn’t want them around.
“AfterShock has been putting out a lot of books by writers I know and admire and teaming them up with really great artists who I didn’t know before but am a huge fan of now. And talking with them, they were invested in me telling the story I want to tell. I’ve been wanting to do COLD WAR for years and had a couple false starts on it. No one ever agreed to do the book I wanted to do, they wanted variations on it. AfterShock loved it the moment I pitched it to them and told me to go for it. They’ve been hugely supportive all the way and their vision is both the same as and really different from mine, so combining the two into what this book has become is the magic part of comics I love best.”.
“I like to merge genres as much as I can without breaking any of them. I always wanted to do a war book, but it had to be different, had to bring something else to the table other than the traditional one side vs another. So this is my stab at merging war and sci-fi and horror and crime into one messed up package. It’s got big explosive visuals and world building, it’s got tons of mysteries layered one over the other and it’s got characters who aren’t just interchangeable action figures but real people who are trying to live through a nightmare that they paid for. I think it’s one of the crazier books I’ve written and I think fans of any of these genres will be into COLD WAR.”
It’s the second new series AfterShock has announced this month, it follows the return of Rough Riders in a new series for February, too.
ROUGH RIDERS: RIDE OR DIE #1 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Color / on sale 2.28.18
writer: Adam Glass
artist: Patrick Olliffe
color: Gabe Eltaeb
letterer: Sal Cipriano
cover: Patrick Olliffe w/ Gabe Eltaeb
Volume Three of the hit AfterShock Series! A great jumping-on point!
It’s 1906 and Theodore Roosevelt is the sitting president when a familiar face from his past asks him once again to call upon the Rough Riders to save the world. But this time it’s not anarchists or aliens—no, it’s something from the great beyond. Something so ancient and inherently evil that the Rough Riders will need to add to their ranks in hopes of defeating it. Who will be the newest historical figure to have the honor to call themselves a Rough Rider?
Created and written by Adam Glass (executive producer of Supernatural and writer of Suicide Squad) with artwork by Patrick Olliffe (Untold Tales of Spider-Man).
“Rough Riders ‘Ride or Die’ is like a kick in the teeth from history…Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders take on the dead in a story that pays homage to horror comics of past”
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