AfterShock has announced Relay, a new sci-fi series co-created by Donny Cates, to debut in July 2018.
Written by Zac Thompson from a story he developed with Cates with art from Andy Clarke, Relay tells the story of a future where intergalactic travel is possible thanks to something called the Galactic Relay, which creates a universe-spanning empire that demands conformity.
"AfterShock is an incredibly welcoming family that is committed to publishing the best books in the comic market," he continued. "Honestly, working with them on Relay has been nothing short of a writer's dream. I've brought them insane ideas that I thought would never fly and every single time they are met with optimism and a commitment to making it work within the narrative. My scripts have been long and overly detailed and every step of the way that intricate level of detail can be felt on the page and you can feel it looking at this book. It's a god-damn beautiful thing and that's because AfterShock cared about every single page, every step of the way. I couldn't think of a better home for Relay."
$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / on sale July 2018
writer: Zac Thompson
artist: Andy Clarke
story: Zac Thompson & Donny Cates
cover A: Andy Clarke
cover B: TBD
A perfect future of intergalactic travel and community. Every newly discovered planet is unified culturally through a monolithic structure known as the Galactic Relay. Although the towering monument is meant to inspire conformity of ideas, technology, and progress – many resent the foreign structure. Jad Carter, a Relay employee, must keep the peace and act as an emissary to new civilizations. But when he finds the Relay’s mythological creator, Hank Donaldson, his idea of reality and the universe shatters.
Equal parts The Fifth Element and Philip K Dick, Relay is an exploration of monoculture, identity, and the deceptive nature of legend set in a thriving future where humanity forcibly assimilates new worlds.
Written by Zac Thompson (The Dregs) and art by Andy Clarke (REPLICA, Batman). Story by Zac Thompson and Donny Cates (BABYTEETH, God Country, Redneck)!