Recommended Reading: AfterShock

Recommended Reading: AfterShock

September 23, 2016 2:18 pm 0 comments


AfterShock is relatively new player to the comic book market.  Launched in mid-2015 with the first books hitting shelves late that year, don’t let the newness be a turn-off.  The company was founded by established figures in the industry and they’ve secured a strong list of talent.  Below is a list of titles that are on my pull list:


Animals around the world one day “wake up” and starting thinking and talking and they’re not very happy.  Only on issue #2 as of this post, but a great read so far.  Written by Marguerite Bennett and illustrated by Rafael de Latorre.


Creepy.  Creepy, creepy, creepy.  I’ve got nothing else.  Written by Eisner Award winner Joe Pruett and illustrated by Szymon Kudranski and on issue #6 as of this post.  The first trade goes on sale 10/12 to help you catch up in a hurry.  Right now this is one of my favorite reads.


There was a little bit of lag between issue #1 released in July and #2 hitting shelves next week, but the first was good enough to make me want to learn more.  Title character Chris Vargas is a middle-aged man with health and financial issues, but can turn into a teenage superhero at will.  My obvious question, why not just stay Captain Kid all the time?  Written by the team of Mark Waid (one of my favorites) and Tom Peyer and illustrated by Wilfredo Torres.


I don’t know where to start with this one, but I also can’t stop reading it.  It’s a supernatural book.  It’s set in Victorian-era London.  It’s about two lesbian lovers who can turn into giant, rip-you-to-shreds insects.  I think that sums it up.  Another book written by Marguerite Bennett and illustrated by Ariela Kristantina.  Currently on issue #7 with the first trade already out.


This book’s got a little bit of a lot of things.  There’s a slick group of con artists working a heist, there’s some gun play, some things go boom and…math.  Yup, math-powered super power.  And I’m not talking like calculating the descent rate of a bullet over distance and factoring in the wind speed.  I mean like some really complex, wtf math.  Don’t knock it, ’cause it really makes sense.  Written by Ray Fewkes and illustrated by Marco Failla and Georges Duarte.  Currently on issue #3.


Frank Barbiere is another one of my favorite authors these days and his latest book is a familiar subject with enough a twist to make it feel fresh.  The Revisionist is a time-traveling assassin getting directions from his estranged father located who knows where in time.  Illustrated by Garry Brown, issue #4 went on sale this week.


So with the other titles above, I tried to summarize the plot in a short, meaningful way.  For this book, I’m going to copy directly from the AfterShock page, ’cause I can’t figure out any way better.  Written by Justin Jordan and illustrated by Juan Gedeon, Strayer is currently on issue #5 and has been a fun ride so far.

“The world is full of monsters.  Strayer kills them, but, of course, for a small fee… Nothing is free. Mala does magic of a sort… sometimes when she wants, sometimes not… She may be the only one who can save the world and Strayer is going to help her… whether he likes it or not…”

For more information on AfterShock or to see more of their titles, visit their website.

By: Just-A-Bill, resident comic nerd  justabill

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