Writer Tim Seeley and artist Corin Howell‘s Dark Red debuted from AfterShock Comics back in 2019, and quickly won readers over with its blend of political satire and vampiric horror. Now the world of the series is set to return next year with Dark Red: Where Roads Lead, the latest of AfterShock’s “One-Shock” specials. The one-shot will be written by Seeley, illustrated by Howell, colored by Mark Englert (who also colored the previous five-issue series), and lettered by Carlos M. Mangual. The issue will arrive with a main cover by Howell, and an incentive variant cover by Andy Clarke and Jose Villarrubia.

Here’s how AfterShock describes Dark Red: Where Roads Lead:

The hit vampires-in-the-heartland series returns!

Following the events surrounding the defeat of the Order of the Eventide, blue-collar vampire Chip tries to return to his life of quiet, rural isolation. But soon he has to ditch his late-night convenience store shift to travel across the country to New Orleans to visit a dying veteran. What starts as a trip of noble intent becomes a quest through a hell of wars to retrieve a stolen soul and escape an old enemy.

Writer Tim Seeley (BRILLIANT TRASH, THE BEQUEST) and artist Corin Howell (Shadow Service) return to bring us the next chapter in the epic tale of horror and adventure that is DARK RED – and this one has twice the bite!

In a press release announcing the new One-Shock, Seeley described the enduring appeal of vampires:

“I mean, besides the whole violence and sex thing, which, let’s face it, is the real appeal, vampire stories are flexible and adaptable to every era. To some degree, a vampire story is always about assets, about haves and have nots, and about the race to do something with your life before you’re dead.”

Check out an unlettered five-page preview, as well as the incentive variant cover, for the Dark Red: Where Roads Lead one-shot below. The 48-page issue is set to arrive in comic shops on Wednesday, January 12th, 2022.