AfterShock’s “Bequest” Brings Wizards, Warriors and Monsters to Modern-Day America

AfterShock Comics have just dropped details of their latest new project.

Written by Tim Seeley with artwork from Freddie E. Williams II and Jeremy Colwell, BEQUEST hits shelves this March and we’ll leave it to the writer himself to sum it up for you:

“The short answer is, it’s the story of a band of adventures from a “Dungeons & Dragons” style fantasy world who have been stationed on our world to do a very specific job–stop the black market trade of magic items for technology”, said Seeley.

He continued, adding “I love fantasy (I spent a good portion of my career drawing The Dark Elf adaptations by R.A. Salvatore), and I wanted to smash together the tropes of that genre with the world we live in today. Our ‘heroes’ are essentially thieves, as they steal treasure. How does a character like that play in modern America, a place teetering between ‘woke” liberalism and ignorant conservatism? Also, I get to work with Freddie and Jeremy whose work I loved on my INJUSTICE v. MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE comic from DC.”

Williams II also spoke of his excitement about the series, and his new artistic approach, adding “For the last several years I’ve worked almost exclusively in an Ink Wash style (using diluted India ink, to create shades of gray).This is my first series returning to a Pen & Ink line art style in over 5 years (using hatching and crosshatch to create varying values. And it’s fun getting to draw fantasy mixed with modern day subject matters! Also I’m taking a more aggressive approach to characterization (drawing a wider variety of face and body shapes, than my previous work- I love this kind of experimentation, that makes the Comic Book medium perfect for these kind of stories!”

With a main cover by Williams II and Colwell, an incentive cover by Tyler Walpole, and lettering from Marshall Dillon, BEQUEST #1 is set to go on sale March 17th 2021, and you can check out the official solicitation info, as well as some striking unlettered preview artwork, below.

Definitely one to get added to your pull lists as soon as possible.

BEQUEST #1 / $4.99 / 32 Pages / Color / On Sale 3.17.2021

Writer: Tim Seeley
Artist: Freddie E. Williams II
Colorist: Jeremy Colwell
Letterer: Marshall Dillon
Cover: Freddie E. Williams II w/ Jeremy Colwell
Incentive cover: Tyler Walpole

Welcome to the high fantasy world of Tangea! A land where wizards and warriors battle dragons in dark dank dungeons! Where thieves pillage ancient ruins and priests answer the audible words of their great gods!

Welcome to Chicago, Illinois! Where the magical items from Tangea are being traded on the black market and are messing everything up.

Now, a group of Tangea adventurers must go undercover in our modern world to stop artifacts and monsters from falling into the wrong hands. But how will they fare in a world without wizards and warriors? A world without heroes?

From Tim Seeley (DARK RED, BRILLIANT TRASH) and Freddie E. Williams II (HeMan/ThundercatsBatman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) comes BEQUEST, a real-world fantasy tale.

Each issue of BEQUEST has 24 pages of story and art and cardboard stock covers!


The writer of this piece was: Craig Neilson-Adams (aka Ceej)
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