[Comic Book News] AfterShock Comics Announces New Futuristic Thriller RELAY #1 by Zac Thompson & Andy Clarke

After a tremendous 2017, AfterShock Comics is already looking ahead to the New Year. And with the New Year comes NEW titles and NEW creators! The latest announced series is bringing a new writer to the label, as well as a sci0fi thriller that looks sweet entitled RELAY.
RELAY is an exploration of monoculture, identity, and the deceptive nature of legend set in a thriving future where humanity forcibly assimilates new worlds. Written by Zac Thompson (The Dregs) and art by Andy Clarke (REPLICA, Batman), and based on a story by Thompson and Donny Cates (BABYTEETH, God Country, Redneck), RELAY is equal parts The Fifth Element and Philip K. Dick. Bro, that sounds dope!

Thompson knew that AfterShock Comics was the perfect fit for RELAY. And from the sounds of it, he’s having a blast working with the publisher.

“AfterShock is an incredibly welcoming family that is committed to publishing the best books in the comic market. Honestly, working with them on Relay has been nothing short of a writer’s dream. I’ve brought them insane ideas that I thought would never fly and every single time they are met with optimism and a commitment to making it work within the narrative. My scripts have been long and overly detailed and every step of the way that intricate level of detail can be felt on the page and you can feel it looking at this book. It’s a god-damn beautiful thing and that’s because AfterShock cared about every single page, every step of the way. I couldn’t think of a better home for Relay.”


Writer: Zac Thompson
Artist: Andy Clarke

Story: Zac Thompson & Donny Cates

Cover A: Andy Clarke
Cover B: TBD

$3.99 / 32 pages / Color
On Sale: July 2018
A perfect future of intergalactic travel and community. Every newly discovered planet is unified culturally through a monolithic structure known as the Galactic Relay. Although the towering monument is meant to inspire conformity of ideas, technology, and progress – many resent the foreign structure. Jad Carter, a Relay employee, must keep the peace and act as an emissary to new civilizations. But when he finds the Relay’s mythological creator, Hank Donaldson, his idea of reality and the universe shatters.


So why should you get to your LCS and add RELAY to your pull list? Based off Zac’s description, this could very well be the sci-fi hit of 2018.

“Relay is in many ways a tribute to the science fiction worlds that inspired me as I was growing up. The best thing I can compare it to is Paul Verhoeven’s TOTAL RECALL. There’s a brain to this book beneath the action and the world we’ve created that mirrors our own. It’s something that evokes a lot of our modern fears about society, leadership, and control and puts them in a really colorful and detailed world.  Anyone who saw BLADE RUNNER 2049 is going to be right at home with RELAY. People should definitely throw it on their pull because it’s unlike any other science fiction book out there. I promise you we’re dealing with some insane shit and by the end of every issue you’ll have no idea where we’re headed next.”

RELAY #1 arrives at comic shops and online retailers July 2018.

Writer – Zac Thompson







Artist – Andy Clarke







Publisher – AfterShock Comics

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