Cullen Bunn and Mirko Colak are launching a "twisted, evil version" of King Arthur with the creator-owned title Unholy Grail at AfterShock Comics. Scheduled to launch July 5, Unholy Grail is described as a story of "Arthur's bloody rise to power and his unholy reign."
"If readers are even passingly familiar with the story of King Arthur, I think they'll enjoy this twisted, evil version of the legend," said Bunn. "All the familiar elements are here - Arthur, Merlin, Guinevere, Lancelot, the Round Table, Camelot, the Sword in the Stone, Excalibur--but they are seen through a very dark and horrific lens. If readers are unfamiliar with Arthur, they can still enjoy this as a horror fantasy, and it might even open their eyes to other Arthurian legends. While this is a skewed vision, I try to stay as true to the legends as possible."
Bunn is arguably the most prolific free agent in comic books, doing work simultaneously for DC, Marvel, Image, Dark Horse, IDW and Oni Press, but here in his AfterShock Comics' debut he and collaborator Mirko Colak are excited.
"Working with AfterShock has been great! They've been nothing but supportive and encouraging and enthusiastic," said Bunn. "I've been talking with them since their earliest days, just waiting for the timing to be right. I'm glad that's finally the case with the Unholy Grail."
Here is the full solicitation for July's debut issue:
UNHOLY GRAIL #1 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Color / on sale 7.5.17
writer: Cullen Bunn
artist: Mirko Colak
letterer: Simon Bowland
cover A: Mirko Colak
cover B: Francesco Francavilla
Arthur Pendragon was the king of all Britain. His story is legendary. Merlin. The Lady of the Lake. Excalibur. Camelot. The Knights of the Round Table. But these stories are bright lies painted over the truth. Here is presented the gospel of Arthur's bloody rise to power and his unholy reign. The legend of King Arthur is not the stuff of legends, but the fuel of nightmares.
As Arthur descends into darkness, is there any lingering hope that he still might do something good?
From writer Cullen Bunn (Uncanny X-Men, Deadpool) and artist Mirko Colak (Punisher) comes a Lovecraftian take on the Arthurian legend that HAD to be told at AfterShock Comics.