DEAD KINGS #1 Aftershock Michael Gaydos (10/24/2018)


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(W) Orlando, Steve (A) Smith, Matthew Dow (C) Gaydos, Michael
StockID: 86251 Diamond#: AUG181459

NEW SERIES! 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!

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