Next week AfterShock Comics will release Bylines in Blood #2, the next issue in the neo-noir thriller series from writers Erica Schultz & Van Jensen, artist Aneke, and letterer Cardinal Rae. Today The Beat is pleased to present an exclusive preview of the issue, which finds the series lead reeling from a fight with an invisible foe.

Here’s how AfterShock describes Bylines in Blood #2:

An assassin is loose in the City, and Satya is the target! This points the Lady Dick toward a new suspect in her investigation into the murder of her former mentor. But before she can follow this trail of clues, our pugnacious private detective will have to survive the assassin’s blade. 

Back when the series was first announced, artist Aneke described her process for creating the book’s visuals:

“As this is a book I am coloring myself, doing full art, I was able to imagine the final pages deeply set in my mind and I wanted a style where I could feel comfy and be myself. We were thinking in a gritty city but neon-wise, part “Transmetropolitan” part “Blade Runner” part “The Deuce”, that’s how I imagine Satya’s world. One thing I do is assign a color or set of colors to each character, so I get in the mood of it and it makes sense to me and gives a differentiation to the scenes and the places. I let myself be more bold, trying to do some panels or ideas I maybe hadn’t done before, and it feels amazing. I wanted to make the pages look like something I would love to read.”

Check out the exclusive four-page preview of Bylines in Blood #2 below; you can also check out a preview of the first issue here. The second issue of the series will arrive in stores and digitally next Wednesday, February 9th.