AfterShock Comics has announced the latest addition to the publisher’s Seismic Press imprint of young reader graphic novels. Lollipop Kids is written by the father-and-son team of Adam Glass and Aidan Glass, with art by Diego Yapur, colors by DC Alonso, letters by Sal Cipriano, and a cover by Juan Doe. The graphic novel reveals the secret history of New York’s Central Park as a long-hidden prison for monsters.

Here’s how AfterShock describes Lollipop Kids:

When immigrants came to the new world they didnt only bring their hopes and dreams, they also brought their MONSTERS. Years ago, early setters locked these monsters away in a secret prison deep in the woods of NEW AMSTERDAM so that they never would return to the Old World. Those woods have become CENTRAL PARK and now the monsters have escaped! NICK, 14, finds out that he is a legacy” to a secret society that for the last 400 years has kept these monsters in check – he and a ragtag group of kids just like him have to put the monsters back before they get out of the park and destroy the city.

Lollipop Kids was previously released by AfterShock as a five-issue miniseries back in 2018-2019. A standard-sized collected edition of the series was released in April 2019. The new Seismic Press edition of the collection will come in the YA-friendly 6.5″ x 9.5″ size.

In a statement announcing the new edition of the book, writer Adam Glass described the origin of the series as a bedtime story he and his son made up together:

“Lollipop Kids all started because Aidan, my son, has dyslexia, and instead of reading bedtime stories when he was little, we made our own up. Lollipop kids were one of them. And what YA readers will see and feel is this story is not only about them but also co-written by a fellow young adult.”

Lollipop Kids is the latest title to come from AfterShock’s Seismic Press imprint. Earlier this year the publisher released Steve OrlandoSteve Foxe, & Valentina Brancati‘s Rainbow Bridge, and last month they announced the next Seismic Press offering, Richard Ashley HamiltonMarco Matrone‘s Fearbook Club.

Check out a preview of Lollipop Kids below. The 112-page graphic novel is due out in comic shops on Wednesday, February 9th, 2022.