By Nolan P. Smith
The news broke today that two more major comic book creators have joined AfterShock Comics- John Layman (Chew) and Sam Kieth (The Maxx) with their new series debuting in April, Eleanor & The Egret.
So what’s it about? Here’s the word straight from AfterShock: A slightly surreal tale of an art thief and her sidekick, a talking egret who gets just a bit bigger after each successful caper, as they embark on a escalating series of daring thefts of world-famous paintings, and dodge pursuers in an increasingly weirdly dangerous game of cat-and-mouse.
“As far as I’m concerned, Mike Marts is the very best editor in comics, and a great guy too, so I’m always looking for opportunities to work with him,” said Layman. “ When he landed at AfterShock I knew very quickly it would be a company that would produce excellent comics –and they are!—so I jumped at the chance to work with them. I’m proud to be part of the AfterShock family, and grateful they are getting behind Sam and I for this very unique and off-kilter book. I would describe Eleanor & the Egret as a fable, and a surrealist romance, but it’s probably more easily described as something NOT easily describable. It’s a melding of two unique voices to comics. It’s also just an excuse for me to give Sam cool stuff to draw, and, in that, he’s exceeding all expectations—some of the pages he’s turning in are absolutely breathtaking.”
Check out the cover by Sam Kieth as well as the variant by Elizabeth Torque, and make sure to pre-order the new series, that way when April 5th arrives, you’ll be ready.
ELEANOR & THE EGRET / $3.99 / 32 pages / Color / On-sale April 5th
Writer: John Layman
Artist: Sam Kieth
Colorist: Ronda Pattison
Cover by: Sam Kieth
Item Code: FEB171092