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John Layman, Sam Kieth Team on Eleanor & the Egret from AfterShock

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John Layman, Sam Kieth Team on Eleanor & the Egret from AfterShock

John Layman and Sam Kieth are the latest top-tier comic book talents to sign a deal with AfterShock Comics. The publisher has announced that “Eleanor & the Egret,” will arrive in comic stores April 5, 2017.

The title, described as “a slightly surreal tale of an art thief and her sidekick, a talking egret,” is the first creator-owned title from the pair. The first issue will sport a cover by co-creator Kieth, and a variant cover by Elizabeth Torque.

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“As far as I’m concerned, Mike Marts is the very best editor in comics, and a great guy too, so I’m always looking for opportunities to work with him,” Layman said in a statement. “When he landed at AfterShock I knew very quickly it would be a company that would produce excellent comics –and they are! — so I jumped at the chance to work with them.

“I’m proud to be part of the AfterShock family, and grateful they are getting behind Sam and I for this very unique and off-kilter book,” Layman continued. “I would describe Eleanor & the Egret as a fable, and a surrealist romance, but it’s probably more easily described as something NOT easily describable. It’s a melding of two unique voices to comics. It’s also just an excuse for me to give Sam cool stuff to draw, and, in that, he’s exceeding all expectations—some of the pages he’s turning in are absolutely breathtaking.”

Layman and Kieth are the latest in a line of A-list talent to announce projects with AfterShock. Garth Ennis, Warren Ellis, Marguerite Bennett, Paul Jenkins, Mark Waid and more. AfterShock’s other 2017 series will include work from Ennis, Frank Tieri, Adam Glass, Justin Hordan and Jeff Loveness.

Check out Kieth and Torque’s covers, along with the full solicitation text from the first issue of “Eleanor & the Egret,” below.

Co-creator Sam Kieth's cover for "Eleanor & the Egret" #1

Co-creator Sam Kieth’s cover for “Eleanor & the Egret” #1

Elizabeth Torque's variant cover for "Eleanor & the Egret" #1

Elizabeth Torque’s variant cover for “Eleanor & the Egret” #1

ELEANOR & THE EGRET

  • $3.99 / 32 pages / Color / On-sale April 5th
  • Writer: John Layman
  • Artist: Sam Kieth
  • Colorist: Ronda Pattison
  • Cover by: Sam Kieth
  • Item Code: FEB171092
  • A slightly surreal tale of an art thief and her sidekick, a talking egret who gets just a bit bigger after each successful caper, as they embark on a escalating series of daring thefts of world-famous paintings, and dodge pursuers in an increasingly weirdly dangerous game of cat-and-mouse.
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