Dead Day #1, a new comic announced today by AfterShock, features a different sort of zombie story, one in which the dead get to return for a day each year, using their time to visit loved ones, party, or even seek revenge upon those who wrong them in life.

The new book’s first issue is due out April 15 from writer Ryan Parrott, artist Evgeniy Bornyakov, colorist Juancho Velez, and letterer Charles PritchettIt will also feature covers by Andy Clarke with colors by Jose Villarrubia, as well as a variant from Francesco Francavilla.

It sounds a bit like The Walking Dead meets Coco, and there’s definitely a Walking Dead-sized hole in the world of monthly comics to be filled by zombie storytelling. In promotional materials that accompanied AfterShock Comics announcement, writer Parrott noted that he drew inspiration from the societal changes depicted in the aftermath of massive global events similar in scale to this one by other media such as The Leftovers and The Purge.

The full solicit info for Dead Days #1, along with preview artwork, can be found below. Enjoy!

Dead Day #1 / $4.99 / 32 pages / Color / On sale 04.15.20
Writer: Ryan Parrott
Artists: Evgeniy Bornyakov
Colorist: Juancho Velez
Letterer: Charles Pritchett
Cover: Andy Clarke w/ Jose Villarrubia
Incentive Cover: Francesco Francavilla

If the dead could come back for just one night, would we want them to?

Meet the Haskins, a seemingly normal suburban family, as they prepare for the annual macabre holiday known as “Dead Day” – when the deceased rise from the grave from sunset to sunrise. Some come back to reunite with family and friends, others for one last night of debauchery, still others with only one thing on their decomposing mind: revenge.

 From writer Ryan Parrott (OBERON, VOLITIONPower Rangers) and artist Evgeniy Bornyakov (DESCENDENT, YOU ARE OBSOLETE) comes an unnerving tale of existential horror with grave consequences.

Dead Day #1

Dead Day #1

Dead Day #1