AfterShock’s “The Vineyard” shows what happens when family values and otherworldly obligations collide

Cover by Sami Kivelä w/ Jason Wordie

Just announced today by AfterShock Comics, THE VINEYARD is a new series from writer Brian Hawkins and artist Sami Kivelä that promises to deliver dark and eerie horror on a very intimate level.

Here’s the official blurb for the series, the first issue of which goes on sale on the 3rd of August 2022:

THE VINEYARD is a family-owned winery that sows and reaps by the blessing of the great god of wine and revelry, Dionysus. However, the Vines family’s patron god requires complete devotion in the form of four sacrificial killings a year before each harvest. This has been done in unfettered obeisance. But all of that changed when the family’s patriarch, Didache Vines, was in a horrible accident that left him paralyzed and in a wheelchair.

Now, the sacrificial and murderous duties of the Vines family have fallen to wife and matriarch, Maranatha Vines. With harvest season fast approaching and the family short of their annual sacrificial killings, Maranatha’s struggle with her conscience puts all of her family – husband, son and daughter – in jeopardy.

Speaking about the series, first time AfterShock writer Hawkins said “Ah man, I’m excited for this to come out because the story captures some of the best elements of horror – in my opinion. Horror is at its best when it’s focused in one place or area, dealing with a specific group of characters, and there’s something very personal and emotional at stake. The Vineyard has all of that, and it revolves around someone we usually don’t see a lot of stories about in comics, movies, or TV – Dionysus, the god of wine.”

He continued, adding “It’s a darker take on the god as well, and dark is always better and more fun! But wait, I would be doing a disservice to everything that I just said if I didn’t also add that the art for this book and what Sami Kivelä has done to bring this story to life and tell it is just incredible. Add in the magic of Jason Wordie on colors and Taylor Esposito’s lettering touch and it’s something that you don’t wanna miss. I’m amazed by it existing in the world right now, haha.”

Featuring a main cover by Kivelä and Wordie and an incentive variant by Francesco Francavilla, THE VINEYARD #1 goes on sale this August, and you can feast your eyes on some unlettered preview artwork below:


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