AfterShock Comics has announced a new series that’s set to get underway on March 18th, 2020 with Artemis and the Assassin. The series comes from writer Stephanie Phillips (Butcher of Paris, DESCENDENT), with art by Meghan Hetrick and Francesca Fantini, colors by Lauren Affe, and letters by Troy Peteri. The cover comes from Phil Hester w/ Mark Englert which you can see to the right and in an incentive cover below from Dave Johnson.
When asked the inspiration for the series, Phillips replied, “I’m a huge fan of old pulps and was initially inspired by unexpected team-ups, like Doc Savage and The Shadow. There is definitely a lot of pulpy action throughout this story, but I also wanted to take that a step further and add my own mythology to the world of Artemis and the Assassin.”
In talking about working with the artists, she stated, “I love working with both Meghan Hetrick and Francesca Fantini. Creating these characters and this world has been a super collaborative process with both artists. Writers always have a vision in their mind’s eye for what everything will look like, but both Francesca and Meghan exceeded my expectations. They really made everything come to life, and I’m really proud of what we’ve created.”
Plot Concept: What happens when a time-traveling assassin and a spy from 1944 try to kill each other?
For a price, a top-secret assassination organization will travel through time and interfere with watershed moments. Trained as the agency’s top assassin, Maya is sent to kill Virginia Hall, the deadliest spy of WWII. Charged with carrying important plans about the invasion of Normandy to the allied troops, Virginia’s death would have a cataclysmic effect on WWII as we know it.