EXCLUSIVE: Image to Launch 'Anti-Apocalypse' Series "Cannibal" in October

This October, "Sons of the Devil" scribe Brian Buccellato, Jennifer Young and "Sons of Anarchy" artist Matias Bergara will tell a southern-gothic horror story about a town infected by a virus that causes its victims to become addicted to the taste of human flesh in "Cannibal," a new series from Image Comics.

According to the series description,

In 'Cannibal' #1, a small Everglades town is hit by a new virus that causes those it infects to crave human flesh. But with no cure in sight, the region has become split over what to do with the victims. For the Hansen family the answer is simple: kill them. However all of that changes when the virus infects those the family cares about most.

"It's about a Florida town that is just trying to hold onto their everyday lives at the dawn of a cannibal epidemic," Young explained. "Told through the eyes of the Hansen family, it's an anti-apocalypse story because mankind is too stubborn to give in. It's a about family and community, and explores how people respond to the spread of deadly diseases."

"These cannibals are just like us. They feel remorse and guilt and don't want to eat people," Buccellato added. "But the virus manifests as an insurmountable addiction that builds up until they can't control themselves. After they feed and sate their hunger, they must face the guilt and ramifications of their actions. At its heart, it's an allegory for drug addiction."

"In a world where your neighbor, your friend, your barber could suddenly try to eat you, this story is also about mankind's resolve and deeply-ingrained desire to maintain the status quo -- so deep that they will assimilate the idea of cannibals into their normal life," he said.

"Cannibal" #1 is scheduled to go on sale October 5.

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