AfterShock Reveals 2 New Graphic Novels for 2019

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Garth Ennis and Marguerite Bennett will write the new hardcover titles, which were unveiled at New York Comic Con.

AfterShock Comics on Friday announced the next two releases from its graphic novel program during its panel at New York Comic Con, featuring two high-profile writers further exploring favorite genres.

The two titles, Out of the Blue by Garth Ennis and Keith Burns and Horde by Marguerite Bennett and Leila Leiz, build out the new graphic novel imprint launched with Cullen Bunn’s Witch Hammer. As with that title, the two new books — both of which are hardcover releases which will retail for $19.99 — allow their creators the chance to further explore beloved genres outside of the traditional monthly comic book format.

Horde is a horror story centering around Ruby, a woman who tries to reconnect with her hoarder mother after the death of her father. “All the love Ruby was never shown, she sees her mother lavish on her treasures and trinkets, the possessions that possess her,” Bennett told The Hollywood Reporter. “But when Ruby desperately to free her mother, the house wages war, ensnaring both women within its maze.” She calls the book "part Hoarders, part Poltergeist, part Child’s Play."

Horde is scheduled for a summer 2019 release.

Ennis’ title, Out of the Blue, sees him return to the Second World War, where one Royal Air Force pilot has to deal with dangerous missions, unreliable equipment, a difficult navigator and a superior officer who has made little attempt to hide his desire for the pilot’s wife.

“It’s always a great pleasure to work with Garth Ennis,” said AfterShock publisher and chief creative officer Joe Pruett about the title. “I was first introduced to Keith Burns years ago, but, to this point, never had the chance to work with him, so this is something that has been a long time coming. Trust me when I say, it has been worth the wait, as he is delivering.”

Pruett also proffered his creative wishlist for the publisher as it moves forward, and teased potential future plans. “I’ve had the distinct pleasure of working with almost all of my favorite creators at one time or another throughout my career, but there are some that I have not had the privilege yet at AfterShock — Jeff Lemire, Scott Snyder, Rick Remember, Jonathan Hickman and Brian K. Vaughan all come to mind. I’ll be working to correct that soon!”

New York Comic Con runs through Sunday at the Javits Center.