Artists Writers & Artisans (AWA) continues in April with new installments of its first four titles under the imprint Upshot. The publisher is also releasing a new title, Year Zero, along with a re-release of the first issues, just in case you miss them in March. Read the company’s April 2020 solicits below.

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Year Zero #1

Writer:  Benjamin Percy
Artist:  Ramon Rosanas
Cover Artist:  Kaare Andrews
Variant Cover Artist:  Mike Deodato Jr.
Colorist:  Lee Loughridge
Letterer: Sal Cipriano

Audience:  Teen
On Sale:  April 1
Cover Price: $3.99


Ben Percy (Wolverine) and Ramon Rosanas (Star Wars: Age of Resistance) team up to present an epic tale that offers a global look at the Zombie Apocalypse. A Japanese hitman, a Mexican street urchin, an Afghan military aide, a Polar research scientist, a Midwestern American survivalist – five survivors of a horrific global epidemic who must draw upon their unique skills and deepest instincts to navigate a world of shambling dead. Year Zero wrestles with the weighty moral and theological questions posed by the pandemic and

Archangel 8 #2

Writer: Michael Moreci
Artist: C.P. Smith
Cover Artist: Jeff Dekal
Colorist: Snakebite Cortez
Letterer: Sal Cipriano

Audience: Mature
On-Sale: April 8
Cover Price: $3.99


In a world beyond the sight of mortals, Heaven and Hell wage war for the souls of man-kind. Principal among God’s legion are seven archangels written about in religious texts for millennia. But there is an eighth archangel, known only from passing allusions in Apocrypha, who operates under a different code. Fighting without God’s sanction, he faces the enemy on his own terms, and shows just how bad good can be.

UpshotRed Border #2

Writer: Jason Starr
Artist: Will Conrad
Cover Artist: Tim Bradstreet
Colorist: Ivan Nunes
Letterer: Sal Cipriano

Audience: Mature
On-Sale: April 22
Cover Price: $3.99


A young Mexican couple narrowly escapes the Juarez Cartel by fleeing across the border into Texas, only to be run down in the desert by the Cartel’s most brutal thugs. Rescued by a mysterious local who takes them to the safety of his family’s ranch, the couple soon realize they are trapped in a house of horrors beyond their wildest imagination, and the army of assassins on their trail might be the least of their problems.

The Resistance #2

Writer: J. Michael Straczynski
Artist: Mike Deodato Jr.
Cover Artist: Razzah
Colorist: Frank Martin
Letterer: Sal Cipriano

Audience: Teen
On-Sale: April 15
Cover Price: $3.99


Michael Straczynski – creator of Babylon5, co-creator of Sense8, and writer of beloved runs on The Amazing Spider-Man, Thor, and Superman: Earth One – returns to comics, teaming with Mike Deodato Jr. – the blockbuster artist of The Amazing Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Infinity Wars. Together they plant the flag for a new universe of heroes and villains for the 21st Century. As governments around the world put pressure on newly-superpowered individuals, a few of the so-called “reborns” band together to demonstrate they won’t take oppression lying down. Welcome to the Resistance. Hope you survive the experience.

Hotell #2

Writer: John Lees
Artist: Dalibor Talajić
Cover Artist: Kaare Andrews
Colorist: Lee Loughridge
Letterer: Sal Cipriano

Audience: Mature
On-Sale: April 29
Cover Price: $3.99


You won’t find it on any map, but if you happen to be driving down Route 66 late at night and you’re truly desperate for shelter, sanctuary or secrecy, you might see a battered sign on the side of the road: The Pierrot Courts Hotel – where many check in but few check out.

Upshot Now #1

Audience: Mature
On-Sale: April 1
Cover Price: $5.00


Miss out on Upshot’s debut titles? This massive, specially priced volume re-presents all four first issues in black and white, along with sneak peeks at the second issues, and a bonus preview of Frank Cho’s sexy sci-fi adventure Fight Girls. Witness the birth of a new shared universe in J. Michael Straczynski & Mike Deodato Jr.’s superhero epic, The Resistance; meet the next great antihero in Michael Moreci & C.P. Smith’s supernatural espionage thriller Archangel 8; see border paranoia taken to – and past – the limit in Jason Starr & Will Conrad’s noir horror thriller, Red Border; beware the myriad horrors that lurk within the walls of John Lees & Dalibor Talajic’s Hotell.