I’m a sucker for post-apocalyptic stories, a sucker for stories starring teenagers, and a sucker for an irradiated Midwest (although I guess technically it’s the South), so I’m on board. Check it out:
LOS ANGELES, CA (June 7, 2018) – BOOM! Studios is proud to announce LOW ROAD WEST #1, beginning a new five issue limited series from Eisner Award-nominated writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson (The Power of The Dark Crystal, Aquaman) and artist Flaviano (I Am Groot, Spider-Man/Deadpool) about five teenage refugees trying to survive the exodus from the war-torn East Coast to the sanctuary of San Francisco.
When the young refugees are stranded in an irradiated Oklahoma wasteland, they take shelter in a ghost town that is much more than it seems. The strange, unnatural threats they face there will make them question what they think they know about death, about reality, and especially about family as they learn to rely on each other to survive.
“Thematically, LOW ROAD WEST grew out of my earlier BOOM! Studios series, Last Sons of America and Warlords of Appalachia,” said Phillip Kennedy Johnson. “Fans of those stories will see familiar elements in LOW ROAD WEST, but the cast is bigger, the stakes are higher, and when the story veers into sci-fi and the supernatural, it veers hard. Half of the story takes place in an American ghost town which is itself a mystery the characters have to solve, and as for the other half… you’ll have to read it to find out, but Flaviano and I are incredibly stoked for readers to see where LOW ROAD WEST leads.”
“The world of LOW ROAD WEST is dynamic and stimulating, as nothing is what it seems and you never know what’s about to happen next,” said Flaviano. “Each script from Phillip is so exciting, giving me a chance to go deeper into each characters and see how they clash with each other, along with the world around them.”
LOW ROAD WEST #1, featuring a main cover by Flaviano and variant cover by David Lafuente (Ultimate Comics Spider-Man), is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to a world-class group of licensed comic book series and ambitious original series, including Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Planet of the Apes, Abbott, Victor LaValle’s Destroyer, Mech Cadet Yu, Grass Kings, and Klaus.
“Surviving your teenage years is hard enough without a post-apocalyptic crisis to make things really difficult,” said Eric Harburn, Senior Editor, BOOM! Studios. “In LOW ROAD WEST, Phillip, Flaviano, Miquel, and Jim deftly capture the whirlwind experience of becoming yourself amidst a chaotic world that feels frighteningly close to the one we live in today.”
Print copies of LOW ROAD WEST will be available for sale in September 2018 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.