This August, AfterShock are launching BAD RECEPTION, a new series written and illustrated by Juan Doe (Dark Ark, American Monster), which is being described as a “searing horror story that doubles as a topical, satirical critique on society’s obsession with technology, social media and the cult of celebrity.”
Doe broke down the premise of the series, saying “It’s a story about the most followed celebrity on social media and the announcement that her upcoming wedding won’t be a public spectacle like hundreds of millions of people had hoped for. She and her fiancé instead opt to go offline and have an off the grid wedding and reception, at a remote location with only a handful of guests. No digital communication devices will be allowed. This creates serious FOMO for her adoring fans and the social media paparazzi hounds.”
He continued, adding “It sets off a scenario where our main characters are all suffering separation anxiety and severe Nomophobia (fear of no-mobile-phone) from the start of the wedding. Throw in a mysterious killer who savagely hunts each guest and brands them with a hashtag and now you’ve got some serious primal fear going on, a return to zero. It’s in this chaos that the story takes shape and we learn if these characters have the Darwinian grit to survive or just fall victim to the hunt.”
The first issue, featuring a retailer incentive cover by Paul Azaceta (Outcast) will hit shelves and digital platforms on the 21st of August 2019.