Aftershock Comics is a new publisher launching with four new titles in December. Founded by Mike Marts, former executive editor of X-Men, and Joe Pruett, founder of Desperado Publishing, Aftershock is promising new comics by some of the industry’s highest profile creators, as well as books by the biggest new talents. On top of the series that have already been solicited, Aftershock has promised books by Ray Fawkes, John Layman, and Sam Kieth. It’s always exciting to see new publishers pop up, so let’s take a look at Aftershock’s new line.
Writer: Paul Jenkins / Artist: Andy Clarke
Replica is about a detective who clones himself to solve more crimes, and honestly, I do not know what to make of it. It promises to be fun and seems like it will have a real sense of humor — and I hope it does. Comedies have been fairly rare until recently, and a darker comedy would be a great way to stand out from the crowd with a new line of books.
Writer: Garth Ennis / Artist: Simon Coleby
Dreaming Eagles is inspired by the first black fighter pilots of World War II, and brings together the Ennis/Coleby team for the first time in over 20 years. Ennis has become one of the biggest names in comics, and has written plenty of war comics in the past, so it will be exciting to see his mix of heart and disgust on such an interesting topic. Simon Coleby is perhaps best known for his work on Judge Dredd and other 2000 A.D titles, where he developed a strong sense of drawing combat. Anyone upset about the cancellation of Royals: Masters of War should be excited to see him return to war comics.
Writer: Marguerite Bennett / Artist: Ariela Kristantina
Marguerite Bennett is the kind of writer who creates a could-be classic with every new series. Insexts looks to be a weird erotic horror that could really propel Bennett into the A-list. Ariela Kristantina is a new artist (with a large Deviant Art portfolio), and unfortunately, I am not as familiar with her work as I would like to be. But her work has been gorgeous every time I’ve seen it, so I am very excited to finally read a comic of hers.
Writer: Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti / Artist: Rafael de Latorre
The writers of Harley Quinn are bringing their winning combination of super heroics and humor to the world of creator-owned books. The story of a normal girl trying to get superpowers, Superzero promises more angst than the team’s previous work. It will be interesting to see how the team mixes the goofy comedy of their previous works with a more down-to-earth hero.