THE HEATHENS Announcement
Writers: Cullen Bunn & Heath Amodio
Artist: Sami Kivelä
Colorist: Jason Wordie
Letterer: Simon Bowland
Cover: Sami Kivelä w/ Jason Wordie
Incentive Cover: Tony Harris
When evil men and women escape from the depths of the eternal abyss, the Pirate Queen Lady Shih is sent to retrieve them. But when one of history’s most notorious killers breaks free, even she needs help. Enter the Heathens: Shih, Lucky Luciano, Bumpy Johnson, Sofia the Golden Hand, and Billy the Kid. From Hell they came to mete out a justice as dark as their own tormented souls.
From the wonderfully wretched imaginations of AfterShock horror-alum Cullen Bunn (EDEN, PIECEMEAL, DARK ARK) and Heath Amodio (SuperCLEAN), and illustrated by superstar Sami Kivelä (UNDONE BY BLOOD), in THE HEATHENS, evil meets its match – five of them, to be exact.
CULLEN BUNN ON WHAT THE STORY IS ABOUT AND WHY HE’S EXCITED FOR IT TO COME OUT:
“THE HEATHENS is the story of five of history’s most notorious villains, all of them tasked with working together to stop a vicious killer who is so much worse than they are. When the worst human monsters in the world slip free from the afterlife, the Heathens are sent to bring them back. I think readers are really going to love these characters and their adventures, and I’m looking forward to seeing which characters surface as fan-faves!”
CULLEN BUNN ON SOME OF THE INSPIRATIONS BEHIND CREATING THE BOOK:
“Anyone who is familiar with me as a creator knows I love historical figures and time periods. They also know I love infusing stories featuring those characters and time periods with a healthy dose of the supernatural. Heath brought the seed of this idea to me, and I loved it from the jump. It has history, villains, even worse villains, supernatural worlds, and redemption—everything that I could hope for in a book!”
CULLEN BUNN ON WHAT HE ENJOYS MOST IN HAVING A CO-WRITER ON A SERIES VS SOLO:
“It’s definitely nice to have a collaborator to throw ideas back and forth with, and when it comes to scripting, Heath and I are able to back each other up. I write the pages that excite me most. Heath does the same. It’s only when we both want to write the same pages that we have to enter battle-to-the-death mode!”
HEATH AMODIO ON (3) REASONS WHY COMIC READERS SHOULD PICKUP THIS BOOK:
- Readers get to see 5 of history’s most notorious men and women take on the most infamous murderer in the world.
- Tons of kick ass action!
- Sami and Jason have killed it with the art. The book is gorgeous!
HEATH AMODIO ON HOW HIS EXPERIENCE HAS BEEN WORKING WITH THE CREATIVE TEAM AND AFTERSHOCK SO FAR:
“Everyone at AfterShock has been very supportive from day one. The team’s excitement about this project has been palpable, which really helped to drive the writing. Sami made some great calls with the art, experimenting with the panels and layouts really added to the storytelling. He and Jason did an amazing job bringing our vision to life.”
HEATH AMODIO ON HIS APPROACH TO CO-WRITING A COMIC:
“Cullen really focuses my writing. I tend to just start writing and whatever’s uncovered is where I go with the story. Cullen is more structured than I am, and that really helps when going back and forth with a story like this. He’s a great writer so working with him the past couple of years has undoubtedly elevated my own storytelling.”