AfterShock have announced their first ever original graphic novel: Cullen Bunn’s Witch Hammer. Per AfterShock:
Witch. The word conjures images of hags in black robes and crooked hats, standing over cauldrons of bubbling brew. But witches are among us, and we do not realize it. They are our friends and neighbors. They are our family members. They are our idols.
And someone is murdering them.
Agents Frontenac and Guinness are on the killer’s trail. But as they delve deeper into the hidden, magical world around them, they are haunted by a terrifying question. Is the killer doing the right thing?
Presenting the first in a unique collection of compelling stories crafted by master storytellers and told in the way they were meant to be told.
Original Graphic Novels from AfterShock.
WITCH HAMMER / $19.99 / 64 pages / Color / on sale 11.28.18
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Dalibor Talajic
Colorist: Seb Camagajevac
Letterer: Marshall Dillon
Cover: Dalibor Talajic
Here’s Cullen Bunn, the book’s writer, on why he’s excited about Witch Hammer:
WITCH HAMMER is a different kind of horror story. In this original graphic album, we are thrown headlong into a dark and bloody mystery. Someone is hunting people down, murdering them in cold blood. The connection between the victims–they are all practitioners of witchcraft. The killer is a terrifying figure–armed to the teeth and wearing a ghastly goat mask–and he is made all the more frightening and more dangerous by one simple fact. He believes in what he is doing. Emboldened by the awful power of conviction, he is on a one-man crusade. He is pursued by a group of federal investigators hellbent on stopping his killing spree. These investigators, though, are faced with a dreadful conundrum of their own. What if the victims actually are in league with demonic forces?
This is a bloody, violent, frightening thriller, and I can’t wait to hear what readers think about it. On the surface, the story is fairly straightforward–a murderer is at work and must be stopped–but I think this book will challenge readers. Who are the heroes? The villains? The victims? The answers will change as the story progresses.
For this book, I’m partnering once more with my DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE cohort, Dalibor Talajic. I couldn’t be happier, because Dalibor was built to draw this kind of dark story. His work here is going to inspire awe, dread, and fear.
Jonathon is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has been Senior Editor and Chief Critic of the outlet since 2017.