Sometimes all you need to be to fight crime is a chicken. AfterShock Comics has announced Chicken Devil, a new, darkly-comedic crime series arriving in stores in October. The series is written by Brian Buccellato, with art by Hayden Sherman, and letters by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou. The first issue of the series will feature a main cover by Sherman, and an incentive variant cover by David Lopez.

Here’s how AfterShock describes Chicken Devil:

Mitchell Moss is about as regular as it gets. He’s married with two children, and co-owns a successful chain of Memphis Hot Chicken restaurants. It’s not the life that screams hero/vigilante…until he discovers that his business partner is in bed with the mob and owes them $2 million. Unfortunately, Mitch is ill-equipped to be a badass—he’s just a guy who makes really good chicken. Can he protect his family from cold-blooded gangsters? Absolutely not.

But maybe the CHICKEN DEVIL can…

Chicken Devil is the first AfterShock series for Buccellato, who has previously worked on titles like The Flash and Detective Comics for DC and Sons of the Devil for Image. It’s also the first collaboration between Buccellato and Sherman, the artist of several AfterShock titles including Cold War and Mary Shelley, Monster Hunter. It’s also the latest AfterShock work for Otsmane-Elhaou, who lettered books including Lonely Receiver and Killer Groove, among others.

In a statement announcing the series, Buccellato cited shows like BarryFargo, and the films of Quentin Tarantino as inspiration for the tone of the new book:

There’s something about a darkly comedic world with ‘normal’ people and heightened violence that really plays into my sensibilities. I’ve been known for doing down the middle superhero stuff and horror books… but haven’t really leaned into this weirder side of my tastes. Chicken Devil is a major move in that direction.

Check out an unlettered preview of the first issue, as well as Lopez’s incentive variant cover for the issue, below. Chicken Devil #1 arrives in stores on Wednesday, October 6th.

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