AfterShock Comics has revealed a new project coming up later this year with the October 24th, 2018 debut of Dead Kings. The new series comes from writer Steve Orlando (Batman/Shadow, Crude, Midnighter, VIRGIL) and illustrated by Matthew Dow Smith (October Girl, Suicide Squad, X-Files). It’s priced at $3.99 and issue and AfterShock has released a look at two of the main cover visuals for it as well as a couple of interior pages.
“DEAD KINGS is a Post-Post-Apocalypse,” said Steve Orlando. “The human spirit, and species, is enduring, even after we’ve invoked science and sorcery to drive ourselves to global war. In DEAD KINGS, there is no mystery to magic, it’s simply assets and technology, and like any other type of dangerous technology, we’ve abused it to create massive diesel-punk war machines that nearly destroyed the world. But the world’s crawling back, and in Thrice-Nine, the kingdom that used to be the Slavic Empire, anarchy rules. The Oprichniki, Secret Police without a Captain, run the loose nation as a police state, the Wild Wild East…rounding up anyone who disagrees with them or lives against their standards. The worlds been burnt and born again, but these human drives remain. Sasha Vasnetsov is on a quest to free his brother Gena from a work camp for the socially regressive. He never accepted Gena until he was kidnapped, and now Sasha has promised to liberate his brother and return with him to their mother before the end of her fiftieth year. He’s going to need help…and he finds it in Maria Kamenaya, an abandoned iron soldier, and survivor of the Great Iron War that almost killed the world.”
Plot Concept: 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.