A new kind of ghost buster is coming to comics in April. Writer Steve Orlando and artist Sebastian Piriz have teamed for Exorcists Never Die, a six-issue series that follows a pair of “combat exorcists” on a mission into the depths of Hell. Published by Max Cave Studios, the series is lettered by Carlos M. Mangual, and will sport covers by Piriz and Paul Fry.
Here’s how Mad Cave describes Exorcists Never Die:
Syd Miller and Ellen Blair are the world’s two premiere combat exorcists — the only problem? After a nuclear break up years ago, they can’t stand each other. But when the biggest soul auction in history kicks off beneath Los Angeles, Syd and Ellen have no choice but to come together to raid the HELLSCRAPER, an infernal tower going straight down into the Earth. With thousands of souls on the line, Syd and Ellen must fight their way to the bottom, or die trying.
Exorcists Never Die is the first Mad Cave Studios work for Steve Orlando, the multi-award-nominated writer on books like Wonder Woman and Marauders. It’s also the first collaboration between Orlando and Sebastian Piriz, whose work has appeared in comics like We Ride Titans from Vault and Disaster Inc. from AfterShock.
In a statement announcing the new series, Orlando and Piriz described the themes the series will explore, and what makes it so much fun:
“We’re giving you action to the sky in this book, but it’s important to me for much more than that. Here’s a vivid exploration of biblical mythology, of what it means to fight a war, or even merely survive, in a world where only one side’s playing by the rules,” said writer, Steve Orlando. “It’s about the power of belief—not in the unknowable, but the knowable, the one fighting beside you. And in that unjust environment, we have two masters of their craft on the streets and catastrophes in the sheets, ex-lovers who’ve got no choice but to overcome the forces that drove them apart if they want to survive the most dangerous exorcism to ever hit the earthly plane.”
“First of all, Steve Orlando is writing; He’s one of the most talented and important writers in comics, so yeah, no big deal,” said artist, Sebastián Píriz. “But then I read the scripts and its a crazy story that mixes terror with, somehow, Shonen and it just works so well! Every page is a cool surprise and I’m having a blast working on it. So, even if you haven’t read anything by Steve before, this story is a must read. I mean, Ninja priests exorcising demons with super sentai moves… This is the kind of book that made me love comics so much.”
Check out a four-page preview of the series’s first issue below. Exorcists Never Die #1 (of 6) is set to arrive in stores on April 14th, 2023.