AfterShock Comics have announced details of their latest original graphic novel, set for release this October. From the mind of Marguerite Bennett (Animosity) and Leila Leiz (Alters), HORDE is “a haunting, housebound horror story about the things we let control us”.
Here’s the official blurb:
After the death of her father, Ruby Ando tries to reconnect with her estranged and isolated mother, whose hoarder house is a nightmare labyrinth of secrets and dangers. All the love Ruby was never shown she sees her mother lavish on her treasures and trinkets, the possessions that possess her. But when Ruby desperately tries to free her mother, the house wages war, ensnaring both women within its maze. Brought to hideous and twisted life by a mother’s love, the “Horde” is determined to purge Ruby from the collection—or see her join it forever.
Speaking about the launch, Bennett said “Ruby fears that her mother, Mia, values possessions over everything, including her own child. She feels like an object, a souvenir of her mother’s great love affair with Ruby’s father. She feels like a trinket, exoticized and objectified by a woman who used possessions to feel powerful, special, superior, and important — uses objects as armor, as proof of her success and lifelines to memory.”
She continued, adding “Anyone who has felt “collected,” dehumanized, disposable, tokenized may relate. The struggle to define and then seize your own self-worth, to prove yourself to others but especially to the ones who ought to love you above all things is a vicious battle. Ruby is the fear of every overachieving child desperate for love and recognition, filled with anger and grief and still that longing for one last chance.”
She was also quick to sing the praises of her artistic collaborator, saying “Leila is BRILLIANT. The script was so monstrously demanding in its density and emotion and madness, and she absolutely killed it. All the detail, all the loveliness with which she renders even the most grotesque things is what makes the book something special, without question. I crammed in so many reference photos, everything from how fashion informed character to the obscene taxidermies scuttling around Mia’s basement, and Leila made them more elegant and terrifying than I could have ever imagined. SHE is the reason this book exists.”
AfterShock have done a great job of expanding their range with these new OGN releases, with the likes of THE REPLACER (CLICK HERE FOR REVIEW) and OUT OF THE BLUE (CLICK HERE FOR REVIEW) giving their creators the ability to showcase their work in a consice, short-form style of storytelling.
Featuring colours by Guy Major and letters by Marshall Dillon, HORDE OGN goes on sale 16th October 2019 in print and digital, and you can feast your eyes on some of the unlettered preview artwork below.
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