Frank Tieri and Oleg Okunev are doing a bit of speculative archeology (of sorts) in the newly-announced title Pestilence from AfterShock Comics. Scheduled to launch in May, the series revisits the Black Death epidemic from the 14th century and postulates that it was the first zombie infestation.
"Our main character is an ex Crusader named Roderick Helms. He leads a sort of medieval black ops team of knights called Fiat Lux -and what they essentially are is the cleaners for the Church of that era," said Tieri. "Think of them like if Mr Wolf from Pulp Fiction was a group from the middle ages. And had really big fucking swords. Anyway, they’re the ones who get tasked with stopping the zombie outbreak… but what they find along the way is that zombies are not their only problem. That elements within the Church itself may actually be the bigger issue they have to deal with."
Here is the solication for the first issue.
PESTILENCE #1 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Color
writer: Frank Tieri
artist: Oleg Okunev
colors: Rob Schwager
cover: Tim Bradstreet
incentive cover 1:10: Szymon Kudranski
It’s the late 14th Century, and a Great Pestilence—the “Black Death”— is sweeping across Europe, killing over 100 million people. BUT, what if history as we know it was a lie? What if, in reality, this was no straightforward plague, but the FIRST non-recorded Zombie Infestation of man? Ex-Crusader Roderick Helms and his fellow “black ops” agents the Church, Fiat Lux, must seek out the cause of this undead outbreak and vanquish it before mankind ceases to exist!
Written by the master of violence, gore, and mayhem, Frank Tieri (Marvel vs Capcom, Wolverine, Deadpool), with spectacular art from Disney illustrator, Oleg Okunev, and covers by Eisner Award-nominated artist Tim Bradstreet (The Punisher, Hellblazer)!
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