Mike Garley, who successfully Kickstarted the Dead Roots Comic Anthology, a shared-world zombie project, has been teasing a new comic which he has written, with artwork by Josh Sherwell, letters by Mike Stock, and covers by Ian Churchill, called Kill Screen. And he has kindly provided Bleeding Cool with a 10 page preview of the book. As a reader, I can say that the artwork is very strong, with plenty of nuance and eye toward layout, and reminds me of something I might well read in the pages of Dark Horse Presents or from Image Comics.
But the premise of the book, thusfar, is also intriguing, as the characters seem to inhabit a world where electronic interface appears to underpin their existence. Is this reference to a gaming world a wider hint that data is the lynchpin of our modern lives? This preview will leave you guessing, and it leaves a strong impression behind which bodes well for the future of the comic. Ian Churchill, the cover artist, is known for his work on Revenge, Marineman, and X-Men, though the current cover provided is by Josh Sherwell in a homage to Resident Evil.
Garley describes the premise of the book as follows:
The bulk of the story is set two-years after a worldwide event called "Kill Screen" where the world breaks, with computer (and computer game) errors infecting the real world, the survivors are left to fend for themselves. "Kill Screen" itself is a reference to the point in Donkey Kong where the game stops being playable – in our world, we've reached that point where evolution has reached well beyond where it should have finished and now errors threaten everything that is left.
And here's your preview of Kill Screen: