Cover by Sami Kivelä
AfterShock Comics has announced “The Heathens”, a new supernatural series from writers Cullen Bunn and Heath Amodio, featuring illustrations by Sami Kivelä (“Undone by Blood”, “Abbott”), colors by Jason Wordie and letters from Simon Bowland . The comic will see some of history’s most evil souls escape Hell and the Pirate Queen Ching shih be ordered to hunt them down and recover them. His team, the pagans, will be made up of fellow historical criminals. Lucky Luciano, Bumpy johnson, Sofia the Golden Hand, and Billy the kid.
Bunn said in the press release: “Anyone who knows me as a creator knows that I love historical figures and periods. They also know that I love to infuse stories featuring these characters and periods with a good dose of the supernatural. Heath gave me the seed of this idea, and I loved him from the jump. He has a story, villains, even worse villains, supernatural worlds and redemption – all I have could hope for in a book! ”
Heath Amodio is the co-founder of Bunn’s production company Hustle and Heart Films. He said, “Cullen really focuses on my writing. I tend to start writing and all that is discovered is where I go with the story. Cullen is more structured than I am, and it really helps to go back and forth with a story like this. He’s a great writer so working with him over the past couple of years has definitely improved my own storytelling.
“The Heathens” # 1 will be released on November 3 and retail for $ 4.99. You can read the entire solicitation and Q&A with the authors under Andrea Mutti’s incentive cover, as well as illiterate interior illustrations.
The Pagans # 1 / $ 4.99 / 32 pages / Color / 03.11.2021
Screenwriters: Cullen Bunn and Heath Amodio
Artist: Sami Kivelä
Colorist: Jason Wordie
Writer: Simon Bowland
Cover: Sami Kivelä with Jason Wordie
Incentive cover: Andrea Mutti
When evil men and women escape from the depths of the Eternal Abyss, the Pirate Queen Lady Shih is sent to retrieve them. But when one of history’s most notorious killers breaks free, even she needs help. Enter the pagans: Shih, Lucky Luciano, Bumpy Johnson, Sofia the Golden Hand and Billy the Kid. From Hell they came to dispense justice as dark as their own tormented souls.
From the wonderfully miserable imaginations of Cullen Bunn (EDEN, PIECEMEAL, DARK ARK) and Heath Amodio (SuperCLEAN), and illustrated by superstar Sami Kivelä (UNDONE BY BLOOD), in THE HEATHENS, evil meets its equal – five of them, to be exact.
CULLEN BUNN ON WHAT HISTORY IS AND WHY IT’S HAPPY SHE LEFT:
“THE HEATHENS is the story of five of history’s most notorious villains, all tasked with working together to stop a vicious killer who is far worse than them. When the world’s worst human monsters escape from the afterlife, the pagans are sent to bring them back. I think readers will really love these characters and their adventures, and I can’t wait to see which characters will be fan favorites!
CULLEN BUNN ON SOME OF THE INSPIRATIONS BEHIND THE CREATION OF THE BOOK:
“Anyone who knows me as a designer knows that I love historical figures and periods. They also know that I like to infuse the stories featuring these characters and these periods with a good dose of the supernatural. Heath gave me the seed for this idea, and I loved it right from the jump. It has a history, villains, even worse villains, supernatural worlds, and redemption – everything I could hope for in a book! “
CULLEN BUNN ON WHAT HE LIKES MOST ABOUT HAVING A CO-SCRIPT ON A SERIES VS SOLO:
“It’s really nice to have a collaborator to exchange ideas with, and when it comes to scripting, Heath and I are able to support each other. I write the pages that I’m most passionate about. It is only when we both want to write the same pages that we have to enter death battle mode!
HEATH AMODIO ON (3) THE REASONS WHY COMIC READERS SHOULD TAKE THIS BOOK:
1. Readers can see 5 of history’s most notorious men and women confront the world’s most infamous murderer.
2. Tons of kicking action!
3. Sami and Jason killed him with art. The book is magnificent!
HEATH AMODIO ON HOW HIS EXPERIENCE HAS WORKED WITH THE CREATION TEAM AND AFTERSHOCK SO FAR:
“Everyone at AfterShock has been very supportive from day one. The team’s enthusiasm for this project was palpable, which really helped drive the writing. Sami made some good art calls, experimenting with the panels and layouts that really added to the storytelling. He and Jason did an amazing job bringing our vision to life.
HEATH AMODIO ON HIS APPROACH TO CO-WRITING A COMIC:
“Cullen really focuses on my writing. I tend to start writing and all that is discovered is where I go with the story. Cullen is more structured than I am, and it really helps to go back and forth with a story like this. He’s a great writer so working with him over the past couple of years has definitely improved my own storytelling.