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Black Mask Studios drops surprise GODKILLER special issue and variant cover

Godkiller: Tomorrow’s Ashes #1 hits comic shops today

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Black Mask Studios announced two special surprises to coincide with Godkiller: Tomorrow’s Ashes #1. The series debuts in comic shops today and the surprises celebrate the saga’s long-awaited return.

First, the publisher is commemorating Nen Chang’s stunning, hand-painted cover that broke internal records to become Black Mask’s all-time bestseller, with a secret “Thank You” variant. The cover features Nen’s painting unblemished by logos or trade dress.

The second surprise is Godkiller: Walk Among Us #8, a standalone story written as an epilogue to the original series. Never before released as a single issue, this story introduces Bonecrusher, a character who plays a pivotal role in the ongoing saga.

Created by Matteo Pizzolo and Anna Muckcracker as an underground comic in 2008, the saga was adapted into an animated film directed by Pizzolo and distributed by Warner Bros in 2011. It was then released to the direct market by Black Mask Studios in 2014. Godkiller was also the project that laid the groundwork for Brett Gurewitz and Steve Niles to collaborate with Pizzolo on what would become Black Mask Studios.

Read the synopsis here:

In Godkiller: Tomorrow’s Ashes, orphan Tommy continues his quest to find a new heart for his dying sister, but he’s been captured by The Republic. Anti-heroine Halfpipe wants to rescue Tommy, but she’ll need help from mysterious bounty hunter Soledad, who’s not exactly in the helping-people business. From Matteo Pizzolo (CALEXIT) and Anna Muckcracker, the comic that Zac Thompson said “pushed me further than I’ve ever been pushed”returns to ratchet up the chaos and roar through the comic market, spitting punk rock fury, thundering into your eyeballs and running roughshod across your brains with its often mindbending, sometimes horrifying, always clever & devious tale of sci-fi magic, apocalyptic sex, and subversive mindbombs.

As Gurewitz said when Black Mask re-issued Godkiller: Walk Among Us, “Godkiller is smart, transgressive, and innovative. It’s great to finally have these characters join Black Mask’s pantheon.”

Niles added, “A lot of people claim to be on the cutting edge. Pizzolo actually is.”

“Godkiller is that early display of genius,” said Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Nightwing, Batman & Robin Eternal). “A nascent voice ready to make a lot of fucking noise. It showed Pizzolo’s skills, his tastes, his balls, and it set the stage for what would come from Black Mask and Pizzolo.”

Godkiller: Tomorrow’s Ashes #1 is available now and provides a fresh jumping-on point for new readers while continuing the saga for devoted fans. Look for a stunning painted cover by Nen Chang and beautiful variant covers by Anna Muckcracker and Leila Del Duca.

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