AfterShock to Debut War Comic Dead Kings #1 at Fort Bragg’s Closest Show, Fayetteville Comic Con This Weekend

AfterShock Comics will be at Fayetteville Comic Con this weekend in North Carolina. It should be an interesting feel for a show, as it will also include significant numbers of fans from Fort Bragg, the largest U.S. Army installation in the country. I wonder what the cosplay weapons guidelines will be?

But any military may be up for the debut of Dead Kings from Steve Orlando and Matthew Dow Smith, ahead of the following Wednesday launch in comic stores. A limited edition convention exclusive variant cover of the comic, illustrated by Russ Braun and commissioned by The Dragon’s Lair Comic Book Store, will also be available at the AfterShock booth #721-722. And Steve Orlando and Russ Braun will be appearing at the show, and will be on hand to sign copies.

Here’s why the comic may be a hit for military audiences

Sasha never saw his younger brother…until the secret police made him disappear. Sasha Vasnetsov left Thrice-Nine-the dirty folklore world that limps along in the wreckage of a Technomagic War-thirty years ago and never looked back. But word that the secret police have sent his brother Gena to a work camp for the socially degenerate drags him back, with a promise to free Gena and return him to their mother before her fiftieth birthday. The only problem? Sasha isn’t a fraction of the tough guy he tries to be, so if he’s going to break back into Thrice-Nine…he’ll need help. Sasha’s only hope is Maria Kamenaya, a former Technomagic Warrior with hundreds of enemy kills to her name, betrayed by the country that made her when her honor conflicted with their agenda.

Thrice-Nine took Sasha’s brother, and it took Maria’s heart. This quest is how they get both of those things back, in the steaming, lawless land of decapitated states…the land of DEAD KINGS.

Like True Grit set in the world of Final Fantasy, DEAD KINGS is unrelenting with its passion and thrills, massive in scale and unflinching as it peers into the underside of the obligations that drive us all: to family and country. It’s a classic Wild West revenge cast against a haunting, awe-inspiring vision of a future where we’ve mortally wounded the world, and the prisoners are the only ones left to run the penitentiary.

Written by Steve Orlando (Batman/Shadow, Crude, Midnighter, Virgil) and drawn by Matthew Dow Smith (October Girl, Suicide Squad, X-Files) DEAD KINGS continues Orlando’s in-depth ex-ploration of retribution in all its dark, complex forms. Having burst forth from the restrictions of the modern world’s flesh and bone, Orlando and Smith create a whole new world of iron-and-oil fantasy, paths walked by a redemption-fueled older brother and the abandoned, rusted out, vindictive tool of a bygone war that protects him-this is us AFTER the World Wars of Mechs and Magic, broken hearts and busted fists included, a world you would ONLY find at AfterShock!In Shops: Oct 24, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Additionally, fans will also have a rare opportunity to get their hands on a limited edition, one-of-a-kind AfterShock Mystery Box, a value of close to $200, for only $75. Contents may include graded comics, signed comics, rare variants, complete series runs and more.

Oh and I just checked the cosplayer weapons policy. Here it is.

Forbidden Costumes & Props

Items which are strictly prohibited include:

  • Metal Weapons– This includes live steel, throwing stars, swords, knives, shurikens, kunai, etc.. sharpened or not.
  • Projectile weapons – This is anything that shoots a projectile or could be enabled to shoot a projectile, including air guns, airsoft weapons, crossbows, “Nerf” weapons, or replicas of actual guns.
  • Signs – This includes all message-based signs attached to costumes, picket signs, polling signs, and dry erase boards unless authorized by the Cosplay staff of Fayetteville Comic Con.

Keep in mind that:

  • All weapon props and staffs or walking sticks must be approved by weapons check and adorned with zip ties or other methods of Convention Staff before entering the building. The Weapons Check-In will be in the lobby of the Crown Center Expo Center. We will ensure that this in no way will affect the integrity of your weapons.
  • Realistic looking toy guns, even those that are not capable of firing a projectile, must be clearly marked at all times with an orange tip so that police officers and other security personnel do not mistake it as a real weapon.

Restricted Props & Costumes

Items which are permitted with certain limitations include:

  • Easily identifiable toy plastic guns
  • Wooden bokken, staffs or walking sticks
  • Fake weapons made from cardboard, Styrofoam, rubber, or other craft materials.

Misusing a prop, or engaging in horseplay by swinging it around, sparring, etc., is the fastest way to lose the privilege of carrying it at all.

You may be asked by the Fayetteville Comic Con staff or the convention staff to remove a prop. If this happens, you must cease wearing it and remove it from the convention area immediately. All props are subject to review by the Fayetteville Comic Con and Convention Center staff.

About Rich Johnston

Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.

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