Aftershock has raided Black Mask co-authors Lonnie Nadler & Zac Thompson, signing them to a multi-book deal which Thompson has mentioned as giving them a home for two years.

Their first book, Her Infernal Descent, pairs them with Roche Limit artist Kyle Charles for a mother’s trip to hell to retrieve her family.  Along the way she’s guided by… William Blake and Agatha Christie?

“The short and easy answer is that Her Infernal Descent is about a middle-aged mother who ventures through the nine circles of hell in attempt to get her family back,” says co-author Lonnie Nadler. “However, looking below the surface reveals that it’s about a lot more than that. It’s partially a response to Dante’s Inferno, rewriting it and exploring and updating the famous nine circles of hell for a modern audience. We really took a deep dive into Dante’s work and thought about how we could make this hellish landscape of sin relevant in a world where traditional, biblical sins have become commonplace. I dare say they’re even somewhat pleasurable for most people. This allows us to dive into things like online dating, the foodie lifestyle, self-obsession, sexual ideologies, politics, literacy, and so on. We’re really excited about getting to create our own version of hell and we promise it’s like nothing people have ever seen before. It’s not just eternal fires and rotting bodies, but there’s a much weirder spin on this underworld as the series moves forward. But probably the biggest reason we’re excited about the book is that it’s an extremely personal story for Zac, Kyle, and I in that it’s a tribute to our amazing mothers who have played a big role in our lives. I lost my mom a few years ago and writing this has been a cathartic experience that’s helped me come to terms with the fact that I wouldn’t be where I am today without her influence.”

HER INFERNAL DESCENT #1 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Color / on sale 04.18.18

Writers: Lonnie Nadler & Zac Thompson
Artist: Kyle Charles
Colorist: Jordan Boyd
LettererRyan Ferrier
Cover A: Kyle Charles w/ Jordan Boyd
Cover B: Robert Hack 


A tale of loss told in five parts. Any good mom would march through the inferno of HELL to get her family back. 

Unable to cope with the burden of grief, a middle-aged mom descends the nine circles of hell to retrieve her forsaken family. Guided by the ghosts of William Blake and Agatha Christie, this no-nonsense mother journeys deep into a bizarre underworld filled with celebrity sinners, surreal landscapes, and absurd tasks. HER INFERNAL DESCENT is a retelling of Dante’s Inferno that updates the themes for a modern audience. 

From the writers of the break-out hit The Dregs, and the artist of Roche Limit, this is HELL like youve never seen before.


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