Dark Ark and American Monster artist Juan Doe will take readers on a horrifying trip to a remote location this August in Bad Reception, from AfterShock Comics.
Doe explained the story, saying, "It’s a story about the most followed celebrity on social media and the announcement that her upcoming wedding won’t be a public spectacle like hundreds of millions of people had hoped for. She and her fiance instead opt to go offline and have an off the grid wedding and reception, at a remote location with only a handful of guests. No digital communication devices will be allowed. This creates serious FOMO for her adoring fans and the social media paparazzi hounds."
"It sets off a scenario where our main characters are all suffering separation anxiety and severe Nomophobia (fear of no-mobile-phone) from the start of the wedding," he continued. "Throw in a mysterious killer who savagely hunts each guest andbrands them with a hashtag and now you’ve got some serious primal fear going on, a return to zero. It’s in this chaos that the story takes shape and we learn if these characters have the darwinian grit to survive or just fall victim to the hunt.”
Doe also explained the first issue would feature "an extra 6 pages of story and art for the same price as a standard comic" and that fans of "campy, slasher flicks in remote locations, cooked with some heady, social commentary on smartphone addiction, dashed with a wink of dark humor and a vast amount of pretty pictures" might really enjoy the book.
You can read the solicit and see art for the serie in the gallery below for the upcoming comic below:
BAD RECEPTION #1
- Writer: Juan Doe
- Artist: Juan Doe
- Cover: Juan Doe
- Retailer Incentive Cover: Paul Azaceta
- $3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 08.21.19
- It’s the celebrity wedding of the century, set in an undisclosed, remote location, with no access to wifi, cell phone reception or the outside world. But the dream wedding becomes a nightmare when, one by one, the guests are brutally slaughtered by a mysterious killer who brands his victims with a hashtag.