Join the Future: A New Sci-Fi Western Announced From AfterShock By Kaplan, Kowalski, Simpson & Otsmane-Elhaou

by Oliver MacNamee

Zack Kaplan (Port of Earth, Eclipse, Lost City Explorers) is a name you may well have heard of due his first three comic book series being critical hits and now being slowly developed for TV. Now, he has a fourth series coming out from AfterShock Comics this spring.

Entitled Join the Future, with art by Piotr Kowalski, colors by Brad Simpson and letters by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, this new sci0fi shocker is something of a hybrid genre too, as Kaplan explains:

Join the Future captures the classic spirit of the Western, gunslinging excitement and grandiose adventure, but with a sci-fi, futuristic twist, as technologically advanced cities reigning supreme in the dying whispers of the All-American small town. I’m excited, because it’s more than a story of the city versus the country, it’s a story about the ever-changing landscape of America. At the heart of the series is a girl, strong-willed and hopeful, on a coming-of-age journey to defend her values and define herself against power, technology, corruption and the future itself. How should you or any of us define ourselves in the future, you ask? Well, we invite to abandon your small-town values, embrace a tomorrow of constant engagement and accept the care of complete technological immersion. Come with us!

We have a first look, courtesy of AfterShock Comics, at some choice interiors from the debut issue, out March 4tn 2020. And, it’s certainly not shying away from it’s Western roots either. Go get ’em, cowboy. Or, rather, cowgirl. Read on, and find out more.

The Future. Ultra-modern megacities reward millions of their citizens with a completely funded life, with nearly every need met, from food to housing to healthcare, in order to compete in an economic war amongst cities in which population is key. But when one of these cities pressures the self-reliant residents of one of the last towns in America to join up or else, the deadly conflict forces the Mayor’s daughter, Clementine Libbey, on a principled quest for revenge and resistance.

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