A new volume of Shock has been announced by AfterShock Comics, with the next entry in the anthology series set to be released later this year.
AfterShock Publisher Joe Pruett personally selected the stories that appeared in the previous collection, as well as the upcoming Shock volume. "When I started putting together the first volume of SHOCK I thought it would be a one-time event," Pruett said in a statement. "I'd gather some great creators and allow them to tell some fun and intriguing short stories and that would be that."
"But, the first volume was met with such great enthusiasm and was received so well that that idea of doing additional volumes only made sense," he added. "Which is fine by me, as I've always loved the anthology format and have throughout my career embraced the challenge of gathering the best talent and allowing them to tell short, yet entertaining stories.”
The upcoming volume will feature a murderer's row of top talent, including stories by Goosebumps creator R.L. Stine, Garth Ennis, Cullen Bunn, Russ Braun, Marguerite Bennet and an assortment of other comics creators. Bennet, who had a story featured in the first volume of Shock, as well, spoke about the publisher and said, "AfterShock has given me the most wonderful creative freedom and the support, structure, and contacts to bring our story to audiences new and old. I am extremely grateful to have been able to tell my stories with them.”
Shock Vol. 2 is scheduled to be released June 26.