Critically Acclaimed Neo-Western Returns With ‘Undone By Blood Or The Other Side Of Eden’

by Olly MacNamee

AfterShock today announced the second volume of Undone By Blood or The Other Side Of Eden coming this March from AfterShock Comics. Written by Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson with art by Sami Kivelä, colour art by Jason Wordie, lit also comes with an incentive cover by Charlie Adlard to look out for too.

“The early 1930’s: The height of the Great Depression and beginning of the Dust Bowl. Silvano Luna Del Rio works as a postman in Buttar, Texas. Reeling from a tragic past, with only a gun and a Western novel to his name, Silvano sets out to take back from the country that took so much from him by robbing the first skyscraper West of the Mississippi. But acts of retribution are never as simple as they seem, as his target is home to an eccentric fraternal brotherhood hiding their own dark secrets.

By Silvano’s side is an old west novel featuring famed gunslinger Solomon Eaton. As both stories unfold simultaneously, in true Undone By Blood fashion, the mythic Western informs choices in reality, for better or worse.”

Writer Zac Thompson expanded further on the comic and the context of this second volume’s new storyline:

It really started with a deep dive into post great depression America and looking at the effects of Herbert Hoover’s presidency. The early 1930’s were a lot like today in many ways. So we wanted to ensure there was a general sense that you were walking through a recovering world. A country in transition. Where everyone was essentially out for themselves. Then, I revisited one of my favorite noir novel’s Dashiell Hammett’s Red Harvest – which was published in 1929 and features a really gritty take on what it was like to live during that era. Hammett himself was a private eye during that time and he had a really incredible understanding of Great Depression America that can be felt on every page of this new arc.” 

And, not to be outdone, co-writer Lonnie Nadler also contributed:

“Research is a vital part of the process, especially so when we are dealing with such a notable period in American history like the Great Depression, and furthermore, tackling this through the lens of a character who hails from a different cultural background than our own. Undone by Blood has always been about the way fiction and myth influences the real world, and a big part of our job is ensuring that the non-fictional elements are as authentic and accurate as possible. So, for this arc, we researched everything from architectural developments in the West, to Mexican/American conflicts, to the entire history of the United States Postal Service. While we try not to be didactic, all of this research gets tossed in our narrative blender and can be found in the story and either directly influences the plot or becomes part of the background tapestry in the hopes of creating a rich, darkly comic, and fully realized world. By bringing readers back to the past, we believe it helps to process the uncannily similar issues that plague our present.”

As well as a set of character sketches to share with you we also have a first look at the debut issue too:

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Charlei Adlard incentive cover

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Look out for Undone By Blood or The Other Side Of Eden #1 on Wednesday 3rd March from AfterShock Comics

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