AfterShock Comics has announced a new series is kicking off this summer, titled Unholy Grail. You’ll find it in stores in early July, and here’s an early look at what to expect…
From writer Cullen Bunn (Uncanny X-Men, Deadpool) and artist Mirko Colak (Punisher) comes Unholy Grail, a Lovecraftian take on the Arthurian legend that HAD to be told at AfterShock Comics. In addition to Bunn and Colak, the talent behind Unholy Grail includes letterer Simon Bowland and variant cover artist Francesco Francavilla.
We have both Colak’s and Francavilla’s covers below plus a black-and-white preview of Issue #1, which goes on sale July 5th. Take a peek… there’s no better time than Easter weekend for a classic good vs. evil brawl.
Cullen shares what readers will love most about this series: “If readers are even passingly familiar with the story of King Arthur, I think they’ll enjoy this twisted, evil version of the legend. 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.”
As for what it’s been like to work with AfterShock for the first time, Cullen says, “Working with AfterShock has been great! They’ve been nothing but supportive and encouraging and enthusiastic. 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.”
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?