Writer Phil Hester is working with artist Ryan Kelly on a new Aftershock series Stronghold, described as part romance, part cosmic horror. Scheduled to debut this February, Stronghold follows a woman who falls in love with someone who is secretly the angel of destruction, fated to bring about Armageddon on Earth.
"Stronghold is about a college student and delivery driver named Claire who has fallen in love with a sad sack insurance adjuster on her delivery route named Michael Grey," Hester explained. "Claire also happens to belong to a centuries-old secret society called the Stronghold who believes this insurance adjuster is actually an immortal, amnesiac elder god whose awakening would ignite a cosmos-wide Armageddon."
Here is the solicitation for the first issue. Look for AfterShock's full February 2019 solicitations later this month
STRONGHOLD #1 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 2.20.2019
Writer: Phil Hester
Artist: Ryan Kelly
Colorist: Dee Cunniffe
Letterer: Simon Bowland
Cover A: Ryan Kelly
Cover B: Tyler Walpole
Our planet is actually a prison designed to both trap and shelter an amnesiac alien entity of incalculable power. Now known as Michael Grey, this cosmic angel of destruction currently believes himself to be an ordinary, midwestern insurance underwriter, who belongs to a global secret society dedicated to making sure he never discovers the truth about his past.
To make matters worse, our hero has fallen in love with Michael Grey. And for their love to be born, Earth must die.
Phil Hester (The Coffin, Deathstroke, The Darkness, SHIPWRECK) and Ryan Kelly (The Wicked & The Divine, Lucifer, Saucer Country) weave a tale of cosmic horror, high adventure and tragic romance unlike anything else in comics.