AfterShock August Solicits: Beyonders, Volition, Hot Lunch Special Launch

Beyonders, Volition, and Hot Lunch Special Launch in AfterShock August 2018 Solicits

Posted by May 21, 2018 Comment

Here are AfterShock’s solicits for August 2018. Complete with complaints about missing UPC codes…

ANIMOSITY: EVOLUTION #8 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Color / On sale 8.15.18

Writer: Marguerite Bennett

Artist: Eric Gapstur

Colors: Rob Schwager

Letters: Marshall Dillon

Cover: Eric Gapstur w/ Guy Major

As hostilities rise between the overlord and underworld of the Animals, civil war prepares to break loose—and annihilate everything they have fought to achieve.

From the brilliant mind of creator/writer Marguerite Bennet (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!

UPC: 754697989420

Pullquote: “AfterShock has earned their reputation for putting out some of the most diverse and entertaining comics in the industry. Animosity is a prime example of this.” – Steve Gustafson of 411 Mania

A WALK THROUGH HELL #4 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Color / On sale 8.29.2018

Writer: Garth Ennis

Artist: Goran Sudžuka

Colors: Ive Svorcina

Letters: Rob Steen

Cover: Andy Clarke w/ Jose Villarrubia

Shaw has a story to tell, but McGregor isn’t too sure if he wants to hear it. With the utter depravity of Carnahan’s crimes revealed, the two agents begin to understand the nature of their predicament—and things turn out to be worse than they could ever have guessed.

A new kind of horror story for modern America, written by Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys, Crossed) and drawn by Goran Sudzuka (Y: The Last Man, Hellblazer) that HAD to be told at AFTERSHOCK!

UPC: 754697989529

Pullquote: “…a slow burn that meticulously adds levels of spine tingling “extreme discomfort and anxiety” with every page” -Dave Robbins of The Brazen Bull

BABYTEETH #13 / $3.99 / 32 pages / color/ on sale 8.22.18

Writer: Donny Cates

Artist: Garry Brown

Color: Mark Englert

Letterer: Taylor Esposito

Cover: Garry Brown w/ Mark Englert

The saga of Sadie Ritter and her adorable little hellspawn continue as the search for Clark and Heather takes some drastic and deadly turns. What lurks in the crimson shadows of the Red Realm? Probably nothing good. But you’re all about to find out!

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

UPC: 754697989376

Pullquote: Every issue of Babyteeth has pulled me in deeper and deeper…it is a riveting story with real, relatable characters. This is what makes for powerful, pulse-pounding horror. —

BEYONDERS #1 / $3.99 / 32 pages / colors / on sale 8.29.2018

Writer: Paul Jenkins

Artist: Wesley St. Claire

Color: Wesley St. Claire


Cover A: Wesley St. Claire

Cover B: Andi Ewington

A young boy obsessed with crop circles and cryptography finds his boring life turned upside-down when he discovers that all of his conspiracy theories are true, sending him on the ultimate treasure hunt for an ancient secret spanning thousands of years. What is the connection between a lost mountaineer, an indecipherable manuscript, and the lost library of Alexandria? How is this connected to a one-eyed, flatulent Welsh Corgi and endless plates of corned beef sandwiches? Find out in…Beyonders!

From Paul Jenkins (ALTERS, Wolverine: Origin, Sentry) and Wesley St. Claire (FU JITSU, Teen Titans) comes the mystery series that HAD to be told at AFTERSHOCK!

UPC: Needed!

BROTHERS DRACUL #5 / $3.99 / 32 pages / colors / on sale 8.29.2018

Writer: Cullen Bunn

Artist: Mirko Colak

Color Artist: Maria Santaolalla

Letterer: Simon Bowland

Cover: Mirko Colak w/ Maria Santaolalla

What horror turned Vlad and Radu—the two most feared vampire hunters in the known world—against one another? Will the brothers forgive one another or will deeper and more sinister familial mysteries drive them further apart?

From writer Cullen Bunn (DARK ARK, UNHOLY GRAIL, X-Men Blue, Deadpool, Venom) and artist Mirko Colak (UNHOLY GRAIL,The Punisher) comes a tale of brothers and blood that HAD to be told at AfterShock Comics!

UPC: Needed!

Pullquote: “Bunn and Colak are clearly onto another winner here with The Brothers Dracul, providing a sharp and wickedly unconventional look at the formative years of Vlad the Impaler.“ – Craig Neilson-Adams of Big Comic Page

CLANKILLERS #2 / $3.99 / 32 pages / color / on sale 8.08.2018

Writer: Sean Lewis

Artist: Antonio Fuso

Color: Stefano Simeone

Letters: Fave Sharpe

Cover: Antonio Fuso


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

Finola and Cillian track down the famed Dullahan—the headless horseman of the Irish countryside! At home, their father Padraig is unleashing his wrath on anyone who comes near, even as his daughters’ own powers and villainy are beginning to rise against him. The body count also rises and the mythology expands in this next chapter of this hit new series!

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.

UPC: 754697989543

DARK ARK #9 / #3.99 / 32 pages / color / on sale 8.01.2018

Writer: Cullen Bunn

Artist: Juan Doe

Letterer: Ryane Hill

Cover: Juan Doe

The Mother of All Monsters (and that’s more than just a figure of speech) has decided to wage war against Shrae’s Ark. Shrae is a powerful sorcerer, but he’s no match for such a legendary creature…especially when all of the beasts on board his vessel are heeding their mother’s call!

From writer Cullen Bunn (UNHOLY GRAIL, X-Men Blue, Deadpool, Venom) and artist Juan Doe (ANIMOSITY: THE RISE, AMERICAN MONSTER, WORLD READER) comes a sinister tale of biblical proportions that HAD to be told at AfterShock Comics!


Pullquote: “Bunn, Doe, and Hill are a dream team, each contributing mightily to making this a fantastic book!” – Grant Stoye of Court of Nerds

HER INFERNAL DESCENT #5 / $3.99 / 32 Pages / color / on sale 8.29.2018

Writers: Zac Thompson & Lonnie Nadler

Artist: Kyle Charles

Color Artist: Dee Cunniffe

Letterer: Ryan Ferrier

Cover Artist: Kyle Charles w/ Dee Cunniffe

Lynn enters the center of the Inferno with those who turn their backs. Lucifer lies in wait with the final offer to end her suffering. Will Lynn find her forsaken family?

From Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson, the writers of the break-out hit The Dregs and Cable, and Kyle Charles, the artist of Roche Limit, comes a journey through hell that HAD to be told at AfterShock Comics!

UPC: 754697989505

Pullquote: “…every literature lover (or writer) will love!” – David Brooke of AiPT!

HOT LUNCH SPECIAL #1 / $3.99 / 32 Pages / color / On sale 8.08.2018

Writer: Eliot Rahal

Artist: Jorge Fornes

Color: Jorge Fornes

Letters: Taylor Esposito

Cover A: Jorge Fornes

Cover B: Robert Hack

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)! 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.

The Khourys are a classic immigrant success story: A fractious and quarrelsome Lebanese family who carved their slice of the American Dream by becoming the largest distributors of vending machine sandwiches in the upper northern Midwest.

Unfortunately, the Khourys gains have been ill-gotten and a branch of the Chicago Irish Mob has come back to collect a past debt. Fealty is demanded, shots are fired, and long-hidden family secrets are fully revealed. Now, Dorothy Khoury, the daughter of the family patriarch is forced to unite her splintered bloodline and fight back.

Only one question is worth asking…is blood thicker than sandwiches?

UPC: ALSO NEEDED, not in the AfterShock Barcode Files folder in dropbox

THE LOST CITY EXPLORERS #3 / $3.99 / 32 pages / colors / on sale 8.15.2018

The adventure is on!

Hel Coates, her brother and their millennial teenage friends are running from mercenaries, hiding from monsters and exploring the dangerous world of NYC underground tunnels. But will they find the mysterious, supernatural doorway to the Lost City of Atlantis?

Explore science fiction and archeology in this new adventure series by Zack Kaplan (Eclipse, Port of Earth) and Alvaro Sarraseca (Magnus, Turok) that HAD to be told at AfterShock!


PESTILENCE: A STORY OF SATAN #4 / #3.99 / 32 pages / color / On sale 8.22.2018

Writer: Frank Tieri

Artist: Oleg Okunev

Color Artist: Rob Schwager

Letterer: Marshall Dillon

Cover: Tim Bradstreet

Satan has made his move. Roderick Helms and the former members of Fiat Lux find themselves scrambling to counter. Can they prevent this newer deadlier version of the Black Plague from evolving any further?

Written by the master of violence, gore, and mayhem, Frank Tieri (Harley Quinn, Marvel vs Capcom, Wolverine, Deadpool), with spectacular art from illustrator Oleg Okunev, and covers by Eisner Award-nominated artist Tim Bradstreet (The Punisher, Hellblazer) comes the series that HAD to be told at AfterShock Comics!

UPC: 754697989512

Pullquote: “The truth about the Crusades is finally told and you’d be dead wrong to miss it. Great characters and detailed art make this a must read.“ –Patrick Hayes of SciFiPulse

RELAY #2 / $3.99 / 32 pages / color / on sale 8.08.18

Writer: Zac Thompson

Story: Zac Thompson, Eric Bromberg & Donny Cates

Artist: Andy Clarke

Color Artist: Dan Brown

Letterer: Charles Pritchett

Cover artist: Andy Clarke w/ Dan Brown

The science fiction epic of the summer continues!

Equal part The Fifth Element and Philip K Dick, RELAY is an exploration of monoculture, identity and the deceptive nature of legend set in a thriving future where humanity forcibly assimilates new worlds. Every newly discovered planet is unified culturally through a monolithic structure known as the Galactic Relay—a structure that many across the galaxy resent.

The one wish of the Relay has been fulfilled but what secrets does Hank Donaldson’s world hide? And just how far will the mysterious interstellar savior go to keep them?

Written by Zac Thompson (Cable, The Dregs, HER INFERNAL DESCENT) with art by Andy Clarke (REPLICA, Batman) and a story conceived by Zac Thompson, Eric Bromberg (PESTILENCE) and Donny Cates (BABYTEETH, Doctor Strange, Thanos, Venom, God Country), this is a powerhouse of a series that could only be told at AfterShock.

UPC: 754697989482

VOLITION #1 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Color / on sale 8.15.2018

writer: Ryan Parrott

artist: Omar Francia

color: Omar Francia

letterer: Zak Saam

cover: Omar Francia

In a not-too-distant future, artificial intelligence has spawned a race of robots that serve all of humanity. Robots are considered second class citizens, but a few in the A.I. community are fighting back in a constant struggle for equal rights.

When a debilitating virus called “Rust” threatens all artificial life, salvation lies in the most unlikely of robotic heroes—not a warrior or an solider, but in an obsolete construction worker and a dedicated caregiver. Together, HALE-19 and AMBER-7T embark on a perilous journey in search of a cure that could potentially change the balance of power on Earth forever. The next bold adventure from Aftershock Comics begins here!

From writer Ryan Parrott (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers, Star Trek, Batman: Gates of Gotham) and new artist sensation Omar Francia (Star Wars, Mass Effect) comes an epic quest into a dazzling future world told through the lens of AfterShock Comics!

UPC: Also needed!


Backways Vol. 1 Trade Paperback Collection: “All The Forgotten Things”

$14.99 / 120 pages / color / on sale 8.01.2018

Writer: Justin Jordan

Artist: Eleonora Carlini

Colorist: Silvia Tidei

Letterer: Marshall Dillon

Cover artist: Eleonora Carlini w/ Silvia Tidei

There is a hidden nation, a nation of magic and madness, a nation that exists in all the forgotten places. In your basement, your attic, in the haunted house down the street—any one of these might be a part of the Backways.

Anna Merrick lost someone in the Backways and she’ll stop at nothing to get them back—even if it means unleashing something unimaginable! As Anna is led deeper and deeper into the Backways by her guide Coyote Bones, her journey becomes more perilous as they’re stalked by ever more dangerous enemies. Will Anna save those most precious to her—and at what cost?

Collecting the magical first arc of Backways—issues #1-5—written and created by Justin Jordan (STRAYER, Green Lantern: New Guardians) and with art by Eleonora Carlini (Batgirl, Doctor Who) this story will be appeal to fans of Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia!

ISBN/UPC: not sure how to get these, I’ll ask Stephan!


Jimmy’s Bastards Vol. 2 Trade Paperback Collection

$14.99 / 112 pages / color / on sale 8.22.2018

Writer: Garth Ennis

Artist: Russ Braun

Color Artist: John Kalisz

Letterer: Rob Steen

Cover Artist: Andy Clarke w/ Jose Villarrubia

Jimmy Regent, Britain’s number one super-spy has got it all: intrigue, adventure, a license to shoot whoever he likes and beautiful women falling at his feet. But there’s a price to pay for Jimmy’s multiple romantic conquests—the results of which have come calling in the worst possible way…

How the mighty have fallen: Finally triggered into his safe space by the ghastly revelations of his evil offspring, Jimmy Regent finds himself locked away in a rubber room. But as Jimmy starts his new life bouncing off the walls, Nancy uncovers the truth behind our hero’s gruesome fate—and realizes she’s going to have to hand the bad guys solo.

“Jimmy’s Bastards…is a crazy, offensive, beautiful debut to what is sure to be another Garth Ennis winner!” – Lucas Wagner of

Written and created by Garth Ennis (Preacher and The Boys) with art from Russ Braun, Jimmy’s Bastards volume 2 collects the entire thrilling second arc—issues 6-9.

ISBN/UPC: I need to hunt these down!

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