This August, AfterShock Comics are getting set to launch HOT LUNCH SPECIAL, a brand new series from writer Eliot Rahal (The Paybacks, Quantum & Woody) and artist Jorge Fornes (Amazing X-Men, Wolverine).
A Midwestern noir series set in the harsh landscape of the northern Minnesota Iron Range—Hot Lunch Special is all about family, food and the fight for survival.
Rahal spoke about the central premise of the series, saying: “”The Khourys are sandwich Kings of Minnesota. These All-American Arabs are a delicatessen dynasty stretching back over eighty years that rules over the entire upper northern midwest. And now… they’re under siege. An ancient contract has been broken and the Irish Mob has come to collect a debt. War has been declared. And Dorothy Khoury isn’t so sure that her father, the family patriarch — Jordan Khoury Senior — is capable of doing what it takes to claim victory. It’s parent against child, brother against sister. The frayed family must unite in order to survive, but one question casts doubt: “Is blood thicker than sandwiches?”
He continued, adding: “But the book is also so-so much more than that. This is a story I’ve been trying to tell for a very long time, and to be perfectly honest I’m really nervous. The characters, who have been so beautifully brought to life by Jorge Fornes, are inspired by the kinds of people I grew up around. The people I was raised by–my family It’s incredibly personal. But because of that, I think people are going to be able to really connect to it.”
”Many millennials, such as myself, have a complicated relationship with their parents and siblings. Most can relate. No one can piss you off more than your loved ones. So I’m trying to bring as much of that into this story. HOT LUNCH SPECIAL is about the people that define us, and how we find our individual identities despite them. This story is all of the crazy stories that grandparents pass down to their children. It’s about our best and worst birthdays. It’s about the pain. The joy. And the love.“
HOT LUNCH SPECIAL #1 goes on sale on the 8th of August 2018.