Updated on 16 October, 2021
Aftershock Comics is an American independent comic book publishing company launched in 2015 by Todd DeZarn. The company is described as a hybrid between an established comics corporation and a true creator-owned comic publisher. A lot of traditional publishers are trying to ride the wave of the new independent comics movement. But why would an established publisher join forces with an upstart like Aftershock?
Aftershock Comics has four different series currently running, including Black Mask, Rooker, Shade, and Killer Frost. Each of these series has a different take on the classic superhero. In this article, I'll discuss the unique challenges that face Aftershock Comics as it launches its fifth series, Halloween Woman, in the near future.
As per a release from Aftershock, they plan to release a new series every month throughout the year. That's great! It really allows new, budding comic artists and writers the chance to explore their ideas. Unfortunately, that also means that the publishing schedule won't be set in stone. I asked Todd DeZarn about how they plan to handle the future publishing schedules, and what the goal is for Aftershock Comics.
"We have some fantastic retailers coming onto Aftershock Comics in the very near future," said DeZarn. "The first is DC Comics, who will bring us a Black Hood book. We have other retailers coming on board as well, including Image Comics and IDW. All of these stores carry a tremendous amount of product, which is great for Aftershock, as we won't have to worry about seeing a lot of the product going to waste."
He went onto explain that aftershock comics will stay digital only, and not go to print. This means that not only will you be seeing more creative content, but you'll also be able to read your favorite stories in all their glory. This is really good news for new writers, artists, and fans of all things creator-owned. The digital books can easily be reprinted, allowing you to continue supporting the comic. DeZarn also shared that he hopes that after the first year or two when the stores start getting into the digital offering of Aftershock Comics, more retailers will start carrying the digital titles.
So what will Aftershock Comics have in store for you in the not-so-distant future? Todd explained that the first issue will focus on "Black Hood". Following up will be issues #2 and #3, which are already penciled by duo of Steve Wolk and Steve Weber. Issues #4 through #7 of Black Hood will feature a backup story written by Steve Wolk and illustrated by Mike Winkle. The second year of Aftershock will feature the up and coming crime fighting team of Ghost and Vista battling the bad guys, while battling a new threat from the villain, Voodoo.
According to Steve Orlando, co-publisher and artist, the company's plan is to publish at least twelve issues of Aftershock Comics, each focusing on a different aspect of the characters and story. Aftershock will have a focus on Ghost, who is a hit in the modern day Marvel world, as he battles evil villains such as Scorpio andcersus. Orlando also mentioned that this first volume contains several different storylines, which are: "The Wrecking Crew", "The Haunted House", "Dead Zero" and "Revenge of Ghost". What exactly does this mean to you, as a fan of Aftershock Comics and an Aftershock Comics fan?
Well, if you want it to be easier for you to enjoy Aftershock Comics, it may be in your best interest to purchase your comics at your local retailers, and not through online retailers, which many people do today. You see, online retailers are able to offer their customers a wide selection of different titles at lower prices. However, purchasing these titles from brick and mortar shops allows the fan to see the story in it's entirety, as it was intended by the author. Keep this in mind when listening to Steve Orlando and his comments about the Aftershock Comics series.