It's getting tough to tell an original zombie story these days, so the new AfterShock comic series Pestilence is sending the undead to the Dark Ages.
The new ongoing series is set in Europe during the late 14th century and follows the outbreak of the Black Death, which is not only a deadly plague but an infection that brings the dead back to life. This run follows former Crusader Roderick Helms and his "black ops" agents out to battle the infected before they take over the known world. The series is written by Frank Tieri (Marvel vs. Capcom, Wolverine, Deadpool), with art by Disney animator Oleg Okunev and covers by Eisner-nominated artist Tim Bradstreet (The Punisher, Hellblazer).
Here's what Tieri had to say about the project:
"Our main character is an ex-Crusader named Roderick Helms. He leads a sort of medieval black ops team of knights called Fiat Lux — and what they essentially are is the cleaners for the Church of that era. Think of them like if Mr. Wolf from Pulp Fiction was a group from the middle ages. And had really big swords. Anyway, they're the ones who get tasked with stopping the zombie outbreak … but what they find along the way is that zombies are not their only problem. That elements within the Church itself may actually be the bigger issue they have to deal with."
The first issue of Pestilence is set to hit shelves in May. Check out some art from the 'book below and let us know what you think.