GODKILLER: TOMORROW’S ASHES is the new volume of the bold, prescient sci-horror series that helped launch Black Mask Studios.
The press release follows:
Media Release — Back in 2008, Matteo Pizzolo (CALEXIT) and artist Anna Wiesczyk envisioned a dark future: after a pandemic and insurrection topple civilization as we know it, a Fascist government known as The Republic rises, and a misfit crew of orphans, sex workers, and pariahs come together to bring it down.
Thirteen years after its debut with GODKILLER: WALK AMONG US, this tale of caring for one another as the world falls apart around us is as urgent and relevant as ever. And it’s back.
April 2021’s GODKILLER: TOMORROW’S ASHES picks up after the events of WALK AMONG US, which was originally released as an underground comic in 2008, adapted into an animated film in 2011, and re-released in comics format by Black Mask Studios in 2014.
In fact, GODKILLER was the project that laid the groundwork for Brett Gurewitz and Steve Niles to collaborate with Pizzolo on what would become Black Mask Studios.
As Gurewitz said when Black Mask re-issued GODKILLER: WALK AMONG US, “Godkiller is smart, transgressive, and innovative, it’s great to finally have these characters join Black Mask’s pantheon.”
And Niles added, “A lot of people claim to be on the cutting edge. Pizzolo actually is.”
“Godkiller is that early display of genius,” said Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Nightwing, Batman & Robin Eternal). “A nascent voice ready to make a lot of fucking noise. It showed Pizzolo’s skills, his tastes, his balls, and it set the stage for what would come from Black Mask and Pizzolo.”
Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (directors of the upcoming MOON KNIGHT series on Disney+, whose previous films include THE ENDLESS and SYNCHRONIC), called GODKILLER: “A singular vision full of fresh elegant brutality and dark humor, it’s like some genius commissioned Chuck Palahniuk, Terry Gilliam and Aleister Crowley to reinvent dystopia fiction.”
In GODKILLER: TOMORROW’S ASHES, orphan Tommy continues his quest to find a new heart for his dying sister, but he’s been captured by The Republic. Anti-heroine Halfpipe wants to rescue Tommy, but she’ll need help from mysterious bounty hunter Soledad, who’s not exactly in the helping-people business. From Matteo Pizzolo (CALEXIT) and Anna Wieszczyk (INTERESTING DRUG), the comic that Zac Thompson said “pushed me further than I’ve ever been pushed” returns to ratchet up the chaos and roar through the comic market, spitting punk rock fury, thundering into your eyeballs and running roughshod across your brains with its often mindbending, sometimes horrifying, always clever & devious tale of sci-fi magic, apocalyptic sex, and subversive mindbombs.
GODKILLER: TOMORROW’S ASHES #1 hits stores on April 21, 2021 with a stunning painted cover by NEN CHANG and beautiful variant covers by ANNA WIESZCZYK and LEILA DEL DUCA.
“A singular vision full of fresh elegant brutality and dark humor.”-Benson & Moorhead (directors upcoming Moon Knight on Disney+)
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ABOUT THE ARTIST: Polish-born ANNA WIESZCZYK was a student of graphic design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, Poland when she illustrated her debut comic book GODKILLER: WALK AMONG US. She has illustrated the Image Comics series HOME, the Boom! Studios comics INTERESTING DRUG and LUCID, and contributed to the Iron Circus anthology TIM’ROUS BEASTIE and the Eisner-nominated SPERA series.
ABOUT THE WRITER: MATTEO PIZZOLO is a comic book writer-creator (CALEXIT is now in its eighth printing and Amazon-bestselling YOUNG TERRORISTS was second only to Lumberjanes as the highest selling indie graphic novel of the year), an award-winning filmmaker, and the co-founder of Black Mask where he’s championed such works as SPACE RIDERS, BLACK, LOUD, ALICE IN LEATHERLAND, WE CAN NEVER GO HOME, 4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK, and more. Blending storytelling with political activism (for example, his CALEXIT character Emmie-X co-created with Carlos Granda became the face of a California voter outreach campaign that helped flip several districts in the 2018 midterm elections), Pizzolo devotes himself to supporting and creating some of the bravest comics on shelves.
ABOUT BLACK MASK STUDIOS: Bringing the punk rock ethic to comics, Black Mask supports creators telling awesome and important stories.