“John Wick With Swords”: AfterShock Comics Announces ‘Seven Swords’

by Olly MacNamee

Seven Swords is the next new comic book series to be announced by Aftershock Comics. Written by s screenwriter Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman)with art by Riccardo Latina, colours by Valentina Bianconi and lettering by Dave Sharpe, Seven Swords is a swashbuckling adventure series that takes The Three Mustekeers by Alexandre Dumas as one of its influences, as well as other literary French classics set in this particular era of French history. But with a far older D’Artagnan, as the official synopsis lays out:

“A weary and jaded D’Artagnan is drawn into a final conflict with the wicked Cardinal Richelieu, whose ruthless quest for power has led him to the supernatural.  But the Last Musketeer can’t defeat these infernal enemies alone. 

To save the world, he’ll need to join forces with seven iconic swashbuckling heroes: Don Juan, Captain Blood, Cyrano de Bergerac, to name a few.  SEVEN SWORDS, who must overcome their host of differences and work together if they have any hope of thwarting Richelieu’s diabolical plans.

From writer EVAN DAUGHERTY (writer of films such as Snow White and the Huntsman, Divergent and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and illustrator Riccardo Latina comes high adventure with a cutting edge!”

Evan Daugherty on why this story is important to him:

“My greatest passion as a screenwriter is telling old stories in new ways. It’s what I tried to do with Snow White and the Huntsman: take an iconic fairy tale and find some new way into it, updating and revising it for our modern era. That was the goal with Seven Swords as well. I grew up a fan of rip-roaring swashbuckling books, films and TV series. Everything from Dumas’ The Three Musketeers to Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac to films like The Princess Bride. I desperately wanted to tell a story in this genre, and it felt like a mashup of some of the greatest swashbuckling heroes in literature would be a clever way to do it.

There’s an electric sense of fun and adventure in a lot of those old stories — something that’s often missing from stories these days. My goal was to maintain that sense of fun, while also putting a new spin on these stories, giving the series a slightly darker, more modern edge.

One curveball influence: the John Wick series. I felt like these swashbuckling swords-for-hire were, in a strange way, sort of the mercenaries or hitmen of their era. In fact, as a shorthand, I often describe this series as ‘John Wick with swords’.”

Seven Swords #1 will be out June 16th from AfterShock Comics

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