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New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry delivers an action-packed graphic novel featuring Joe Ledger and Violin from his popular series of techno-thrillers.
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In their first comic book adventure, Mr. Church sends Ledger and Violin on a a case involving a bizarre kind of human trafficking. People—mostly young and innocent—are being found dead all across the U.S. Drained of blood but also missing key internal organs—brains and hearts. Their bodies are marked with strange symbols from ancient religions and the deaths have all the earmarks of some deadly kind of human sacrifice.

But there is much more to it than that. Some of the sacrificed dead have since vanished from morgues and funeral homes. Staff at those places are found torn to pieces…and their organs are missing, too.

Ledger and Violin have to go deep into the darkness to find out what’s happening and who is behind this…and every step of the way ratchets up the danger and the terror.

As they peel back layers of the mystery, they encounter a bizarre kind of super soldier—human combat soldiers (private military contractors) whose bodies have been taken over by demons raised through human sacrifice. These demons feed on human hearts, taking sustenance from the souls of the victims. They feed on brains to take knowledge and personality traits. This allows them to blend into society without being easily detected.

Violin, not being entirely human, can track them because they lack actual souls, and their body temperature is lower than the living.

Finding them is one thing, but stopping them is a hell of a lot harder. They have all of the skills of seasoned combat soldiers and the durability of demons. Joe and Violin have to find a way to destroy the monsters before they can be used as foot soldiers in a wave of terrorist attacks throughout America. Joe Ledger will have to unchain the darkness in his own heart and mind as he goes to war under a black flag.

With art by Dave Acosta (Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, TERRORWAR), colors by Zac Atkinson (Young Justice, Kolchak: The Night Stalker), and covers by Colton Worley (The Shadow).



Art by Dave Acosta, colors by Zac Atkinson, letters by Tom Napolitano

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  • Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times best-seller, five-time Bram Stoker Award-winner, anthology editor, comic book writer, executive producer, magazine feature writer, playwright, and writing teacher/lecturer. He is the editor of Weird Tales Magazine and president of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers. He is the recipient of the Inkpot Award, three Scribe Awards, and was named one of the Today’s Top Ten Horror Writers. His books have been sold to more than thirty countries. He writes in several genres including thriller, horror, science fiction, epic fantasy, and mystery; and he writes for adults, middle grade, and young adult.

  • Dave Acosta is a Michigan based comic artist, best known for for his work on ELVRIA: MISTRESS OF THE DARK for Dynamite as well as DRAGON, an OGN with writer Saladin Ahmed. Their latest project together is the sci-fi horror comic, TERRORWAR, published by Image.

  • Zac Atkinson is based out of a small town in central Illinois, Zac Atkinson is a comic book artist and cartoonist. He has worked as a comic book colorist on many mainstream titles such as DC’s Magic of Shazam, Teen Titans, Young Justice, IDW’s Transformers and GI Joe.

  • Tom Napolitano began his career as a comic book professional in 2011 and has since specialized as a letterer.  His balloons and onomatopoeias are featured in comics  published by: BOOM, Comixology Originals, Dark Horse, Dynamite, Humanoids, Image, Penguin Random House and DC Comics. Some of these titles include The Joker, Black Sight, GRIM, The Closet, Kaya, and many more! Tom’s lettering has been in Eisner Award nominated stories: Detective Comics #1027 “The Rookie” and LUGOSI: The Rise and Fall of Hollywood’s Dracula. And was the letterer and interior book designer for the Bram Stoker’s and Rondo Hatton’s Award winning graphic novel, Kolchak: The Night Stalker-50th Anniversary.

  • Colton Worley is a comic book artist who has illustrated several of Dynamite's "pulp" titles. In 2013 he illustrated The Shadow Now series.

  • James Aquilone is Bram Stoker Award winning editor, writer and publisher. He's the owner of Monstrous Books, writer of the Dead Jack Zombie Detective series, and editor of the anthologies Classic Monsters Unleashed, Shakespeare Unleashed, and the 50th anniversary Kolchak: The Night Stalker graphic novel. He's also won two Rondo Hatton Classic Horror awards and a Scribe Award and has been nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award.


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