Shoplifters Will Be Liquidated, a new comic from writer Patrick Kindlon and artist Stefano Simeone, will take a look at a darker side of retail, telling the story of a society that has formed under a mega-store.
The book, which is due out in October from AfterShock Comics, is being billed as “…Judge Dread working for Amazon,” and its lead character is a security officer for the largest retail outlet in the world, the very same that the society has formed underneath. For those of us (like me) who dropped a ton of money at San Diego Comic-Con this month and are still reeling, a story about the evils of retail sounds very welcome indeed.
A full solicit, promotional quotes, covers, and preview art can be found below:
Shoplifters Will Be Liquidated #1 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 10.09.19
Writer: Patrick Kindlon
Artist: Stefano Simeone
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Cover: Stefano Simeone
Incentive Cover: Antonio Fuso
The largest retailer in the world requires the best-trained loss prevention staff, and Security Officer Nussbaum defends the company interests at any cost. Life, human rights, rational thought are all secondary concerns. But his world is upended when he finds a society living under the retail outlet – a culture that challenges his notions about consumerism and sense of self. Is he ready for the message? Imagine Judge Dredd working for Amazon, and you’ve got a hint of what you’re in for.
From Patrick Kindlon (PATIENCE! CONVICTION! REVENGE!) and Stefano Simeone (CLANKILLERS) comes SHOPLIFTERS WILL BE LIQUIDATED—a satirical take on the consumer society.
PATRICK KINDLON ON WHAT THE STORY IS ABOUT AND WHY HE IS EXCITED FOR IT TO COME OUT:
“In this hyper-capitalist future, a job in loss prevention is the closest a man can get to judge, jury, and executioner. Nussbaum takes his position seriously, and when he finds an underground society living outside corporate oversight his only instinct is DESTROY! This book feels timely without being forced commentary. A recipe for great sci-fi.”
PATRICK KINDLON ON WHAT HIS INSPIRATION WAS BEHIND THE BOOK AND IT’S NAME?
“Judge Dredd and Marshal Law are so fully representative of their eras. The satire of those characters perfectly mirrors the concerns of the time. This series asks what that concept would look like in 2019. The name is a play on the ubiquitous ‘shoplifters will be prosecuted’ sign that makes every retail outlet feel like a county jail.”
PATRICK KINDLON ON (3) REASONS COMIC BOOK READERS SHOULD ADD THIS TITLE TO THEIR WEEKLY PULL LIST:
“There’s a fun science fiction adventure story here that can be taken at face value AND/OR a biting bit of satire that can be enjoyed on a different level. Fans of British comics will recognize that tiered reading experience immediately. Readers get to approach the work on whatever terms they care to. Beautiful art by Stefano Simeone that gives the story beats a true and natural rhythm. The sort of vivid violence and colorful language that used to make comics subversive and exciting.”