AfterShock Comics Announces ‘Heathens’, A Story About History’s Most Infamous Criminals Back From The Dead

by Olly MacNamee

AfterShock announces its newest comic book series this morning from writers Cullen Bunn and Heath Amodio, artist Sami Kivelä, colourist Jason Wordie and letterer Simon Bowland. Heathens is the story of the world’s worst criminals from across history brought together to take down one of their own. A supernatural League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, but with all bad guys, and all real figures from the past brought back from the dead:

 “When evil men and women escape from the depths of the eternal abyss, the Pirate Queen Lady Shih is sent to retrieve them. But when one of history’s most notorious killers breaks free, even she needs help. Enter the Heathens: Shih, Lucky Luciano, Bumpy Johnson, Sofia the Golden Hand, and Billy the Kid. From Hell they came to mete out a justice as dark as their own tormented souls.

From the wonderfully wretched imaginations of AfterShock horror-alum Cullen Bunn (EDEN, PIECEMEAL, DARK ARK) and Heath Amodio (SuperCLEAN), and illustrated by superstar Sami Kivelä (UNDONE BY BLOOD), in THE HEATHENS, evil meets its match – five of them, to be exact.”

Cullen Bunn elaborates on the basic premise below:

“THE HEATHENS is the story of five of history’s most notorious villains, all of them tasked with working together to stop a vicious killer who is so much worse than they are. When the worst human monsters in the world slip free from the afterlife, the Heathens are sent to bring them back. I think readers are really going to love these characters and their adventures, and I’m looking forward to seeing which characters surface as fan-faves!”

Incentive cover by Andrea Mutti

As for his inspiration for this series…

“Anyone who is familiar with me as a creator knows I love historical figures and time periods. They also know I love infusing stories featuring those characters and time periods with a healthy dose of the supernatural. Heath brought the seed of this idea to me, and I loved it from the jump. It has history, villains, even worse villains, supernatural worlds, and redemption — everything that I could hope for in a book!”

Co-Writer Heath Amodio offers up three reasons why readers should pick up this new series:

  1. Readers get to see 5 of history’s most notorious men and women take on the most infamous murderer in the world.
  1. Tons of kick ass action!
  1. Sami and Jason have killed it with the art. The book is gorgeous!

And his approach to co-writing with Bunn on Heathens:

“Cullen really focuses my writing. I tend to just start writing and whatever’s uncovered is where I go with the story. Cullen is more structured than I am, and that really helps when going back and forth with a story like this. He’s a great writer so working with him the past couple of years has undoubtedly elevated my own storytelling.”

Look out for Heathens #1 from AfterShock Comics on Wednesday 3rd November.

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