Image/Skybound announced the superstar creative team and story behind Skybound Presents Afterschool #2, the latest issue of the new teen horror anthology miniseries that takes the familiar cautionary tales we’ve all learned in our youths and flips them on their (severed) heads. Afterschool #2will arrive in comic book shops July 20, 2022.
In this issue, the acclaimed writing duo of Kate Herron (Marvel Studios’ Loki, Sex Education) & Briony Redman (the BAFTA Rocliffe-winning Pont Brec) team up with artist Leila Leiz (M.O.M.: Mother of Madness, Horde) to present a standalone horror story soaked in blood and feathers. Afterschool #2will be colored by Giovanna Niro (Two Moons, Summoner’s War: Legacy) and lettered by Pat Brosseau (Birthright, Manifest Destiny), and features a stunning cover by Veronica Fish (Archie, Sabrina the Teenage Witch).
“Scratches to mark you, a feather to warn you, then it comes…” According to the urban legend, if you try to get rid of your baby, a monstrous stork will force you to keep it. But surely, that can’t be true, can it? For Leah and her friends, they’re about to find out about just how true it is in…The Storkening!
“As two people who love monsters and anthology stories, we are over the moon to be working both with Skybound and kickass artist Leila Leiz to bring a monster like you haven’t seen before to life,” said Herron and Redman.
“It has always been a dream of mine to draw an incredible horror story featuring birds, thanks to Sir Alfred Hitchcock,” said Leiz. “Working alongside the brilliant imagination and narrative brought by Kate and Briony, that dream has now come true.”
The team behind this Afterschool special joins the impressive roster of acclaimed writers and all-star artists from comics, television and beyond working on the miniseries, including Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead (Marvel Studios’ Moon Knight) and Greg Hinkle (The Rattler, Airboy), as well as Jill Blotevogel (Scream: The TV Series) and Marley Zarcone (Shade, the Changing Girl; Effigy). Each standalone Afterschool special features a unique creative team to give each issue a distinct horrifying feel, with its own relatable characters and truly chilling lessons. The series debuts June 8 with a tale of an emotional support dog with a killer secret by Benson, Moorhead, Hinkle, Niro and Brosseau.
Skybound Presents Afterschool #2 will be available at comic book shops and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, July 20, 2022.