A New Saga from the Creator of V-Wars,
Pitting Brave Scientists and Soldiers Against a Genocidal Conspiracy
SAN DIEGO, CA (June 19, 2019) – The New York Times Bestselling author of V-Wars and Rot & Ruin – Jonathan Maberry – tells a dark, action-packed story of defiance against authoritarian abuses in Pandemica, a new comic book epic coming this Fall from IDW Publishing.
“Pandemica reflects a lot of fears about the direction in which our country and the world is going,” says Maberry. “It deals with a diverse group of people who discover that a secret organization is selling designer pathogens for use in ethnic cleansing. My story is about the kinds of people who take a stand against this, who find the courage to fight back, who put themselves in harm’s way to protect the innocent.”
The first issue of Pandemica, slated for release in September, will depict an America on the verge of war, as a shadow government prepares to launch “purity bombs” for ethnic cleansing, and a small group of scientists and former SpecOps shooters bands together to avert this disaster. Maberry joins artist Alex Sanchez (Star Wars: The Old Republic) and colorist Jay Fotos (Locke & Key) in inviting readers to resist the sickness that plagues the nation — and ultimately save the world!
“I’m working with world-class scientists (epidemiologists, molecular biologists, etc.) to make the bioweapons in Pandemica as realistic as possible,” says Maberry. “What’s terrifying is that so much of this is actually possible; and that so many groups and governments over the last century have tried to make these kinds of genocidal weapons. Thankfully, we’ve also seen that there are people who will stand up against this kind of madness.”
“Jonathan Maberry’s Pandemica is the culmination of all the various and disparate ideas he’s been working through as a writing professional for the past decade,” says David Hedgecock, Associate Publisher at IDW. “After the immensely rewarding experience of working with Mr. Maberry on V-Wars, it’s an honor and privilege to help bring his fearsome new vision to an unsuspecting – and soon-to-be-captivated – reading audience.”
"Jonathan is an endless font of creativity,” says Chris Ryall, IDW's President, Publisher and Chief Creative Officer. “His cinematic storytelling so naturally reflects the quality and independent spirit that has defined IDW for 20 years. We’re so proud to work with him.”
For information on how to secure copies of Pandemica, please contact your local comic shop or visit www.comicshoplocator.com to find a store near you.
Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestselling author, 5-time Bram Stoker Award-winner, and comic book writer. His vampire apocalypse book series, V-Wars, is being produced as a Netflix original series and will debut in 2019. He writes in multiple genres including suspense, thriller, horror, science fiction, fantasy, and action; and he writes for adults, teens, and middle grade readers. His works include the Joe Ledger thrillers, Glimpse, the Rot & Ruin series, the Dead of Night series, The Wolfman, X-Files Origins: Devil’s Advocate, Mars One, and many others. Several of his works are in development for film and TV. He is the editor of high-profile anthologies including The X-Files, Aliens: Bug Hunt, Out of Tune, New Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Baker Street Irregulars, Nights of the Living Dead, and others. He lives in Del Mar, California. Find him online at www.jonathanmaberry.com.
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