Stronghold Vol 1Stronghold Vol 1, a forthcoming trade paperback from AfterShock Comics, features a classic love story: boy meets girl, turns out boy an ancient being of incalculable power who has had his memory wiped and girl is actually part of the secret society who wiped it and has tricked him into thinking he’s just a regular guy. Then, they fall in love.

This volume, which collects the first five issues of the series, is largely about all of that, plus what happens when said powerful being starts to regain his identity and control his vast powers. This is, quite simply, an ambitious and singular story that aims for lofty storytelling heights and achieves them. And today The Beat is lucky to have an exclusive preview of Stronghold Vol 1, which is due out from AfterShock on Oct. 2.

Check out the full solicit, as well as our exclusive preview, for Stronghold Vol. 1 below:

STRONGHOLD vol 1 TPB / $14.99 / 120 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 10.02.2019
Writer: Phil Hester
Artist: Ryan Kelly
Letterer: Simon Bowland
Cover: Ryan Kelly

Michael Grey thinks he’s an average person, living out an average life on Earth.

But he couldn’t be more wrong. Michael is really a being of incalculable power, stranded with no memory, protected and jailed by THE STRONGHOLD, a secret group that has only one goal: keep Michael Grey from regaining his power and facing the Adversary.

When one of their own falls in love with Grey, all bets are off. Slowly, Grey regains his
powers. What happens next could destroy Earth as we know it.

Phil Hester (The Coffin, Deathstroke, The Darkness, SHIPWRECK) and Ryan Kelly (The Wicked & The Divine, Lucifer, Saucer Country) weave a tale of cosmic horror, high adventure and tragic romance that keeps you riveted from page to page. This volume collects issues #1-5.