Ted Anderson returns to AfterShock Comics this April with his second title with the publisher, Orphan Age. He had previously worked with them for Moth & Whisper. This new book, featuring artwork from Nuno Plati and letters by Marshall Dillon, takes place twenty years after a strange event killed all the adults around the world at the same time. The children have grown up and are starting to rebuild the world.
Orphan Age has a dystopian western feel to it. The small, scattered settlements are connected by horses and caravans. There’s no gasoline, phones, or television. The only power in the country is the New Church, a religion of the angry children, that blames the destruction of the old world on the dead adults.
The comic picks up in the settlement of Dallastown when a stranger comes riding in telling a story of escape from the New Church’s unstoppable Firemen. The Church is on the march and the world might burn again. The only hope lies with a scared teenage girl, a secretive gunslinger, and a woman of few words and long knives.
Writer Ted Anderson says:
I’ve always loved stories with post-apocalyptic settings, and I wanted to create a world that took that apocalypse seriously, that looked at the societies and groups that would spring up in its wake. Survival in these types of worlds isn’t always about materials—the food you can scavenge, the shelter you build—it’s also about the people you work with, the networks you form, the tribes you create. Maybe you can shoot a gun, and maybe you’re ruthless enough to kill, but you’re not going to survive the first winter unless you’ve got a place to live and other people to help you. In a world where society basically died in a single day, what kinds of new societies will appear? I’m really excited to show this world to readers!
There’s a complete story planned for Orphan Age across several major arcs. It’s a road trip overall, as the characters move from town to town, first trying to escape, and then trying to fight back.
I’m a big fan of genre mash-ups, so Orphan Age sounds like it’s right up my alley. The first issue features a main cover by Plati and a 1:10 incentive cover by Juan Doe.
Look for it at your local comic shop on April 10th, 2019.