Ahead of its release in February, AfterShock Comics have given us a sneak peek at the first issue of THE GODKILLERS, a monster story for the modern age from writer Mark Sable (Grounded, Fearless, Supergirl) and newcomer artist Maan House.
Abdul Alhazred is an Arab-American folklore professor turned soldier whose fear of death stems from uncertainty about the existence of an afterlife. Then he joins THE GODKILLERS, a special forces unit tasked with fighting insurgents who use mythological creatures as weapons of mass destruction. Now that he knows the supernatural exists, he’ll have to decide which is worse—death or the nightmarish monsters he thought were mere legends.
Speaking about the series, Sable said “GODKILLERS is war/horror fiction about an elite special forces unit tasked with hunting down insurgents who are using mythological creatures as weapons of mass destruction. It’s HELLBOY: BPRD meets ZERO DARK THIRTY.”
He continued, adding “At its heart though, GODKILLERS is about its protagonist, Phillip Alhazred. He’s an Arab-American Army Reservist and folklore expert newly assigned to the unit. He struggles with his faith. In part because the War on Terror is largely targeting Islamic insurgents – he feels his loyalty and patriotism being questioned. And on a deeper level, despite the religion he was born into and his expertise in mythology, he doesn’t really believe in the supernatural. When he’s confronted with proof that it exists in the form of monsters, Alhazred is forced to question everything he though he believed in.”
He also spoke a little about the inspirations behind the book, saying “In talking with military and intelligence personnel, conflict journalists etc., I was shocked just how many countries the U.S. is operating that the media doesn’t give much coverage to. I wanted to explore how our military and intel organizations are not just engaged in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the Philippines, Syria and Ukraine, to name just a few of the places we visit in GODKILLERS.”
“Basically, I wanted to take a deep, dark look at the War on Terror, while hopefully providing some entertainment in the form of a horror comic. I feel like Paul Azaceta, Matt Wilson and I successfully combined war and horror in our book GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES, and this feels like a spiritual sequel to that book.”
With colours from Hernan Cabrera, letters by Thomas Mauer and a stunning cover from Jeremy Haun, the 32-page first issue of GODKILLERS goes on sale February 19th 2020, priced $4.99.
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