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First Look: The Replacer from AfterShock Comics

A bizarre mashup of IT, The Exorcist and The Diving Bell and The Butterfly The Replacer is not for the faint of heart.

The 1990’s. Tragedy strikes the Beharrell family in the form of a debilitating stroke. Now the youngest child in the family is convinced his paralyzed father didn’t truly fall ill but is possessed by something sinister. He believes a demon, THE REPLACER, has come to take away his jolly, agreeable, tech-obsessed Dad. But no one seems to see the monster — and with every passing day, his father falls deeper into the clutches of evil.

Based on Zac Thompson’s true story of coming to terms with a disabled parent, THE REPLACER is a complete 64-page graphic meditation on loss, tragedy and fear told through the eyes of a nine-year-old — a horror tale about learning to walk again, even if a demon has to teach you how to do it. A bizarre mashup of IT, The Exorcist and The Diving Bell and The Butterfly, with stunning visuals by Arjuna Susini (Made Men), THE REPLACER is not for the faint of heart.

THE REPLACER
Writer: Zac Thompson
Artist: Arjuna Susini
Colorist: Dee Cunniffe
Cover: Arjuna Susini
/ $7.99 / 64 pages / Full Color /
ON SALE 04.24.2019

ZAC THOMPSON ON WHAT THE BOOK IS ABOUT AND WHY HE’S EXCITED FOR IT TO COME OUT:

“The Replacer is a concept I’ve been developing for a few years. It’s about how a little boy, Marcus, who’s world is irrevocably changed after he witnesses his father suffer a massive stroke. When his disabled father returns home, permanently paralyzed and unable to speak full sentences, Marcus becomes convinced that his father has been replaced by a demon. I’m excited for this to come out because this book is a rumination on my own life experience. My father suffered a from a massive stroke when I was seven, and it took me a very long to understand what that meant to me as a person and how much it changed the way I see the world. I’m excited for people to read a horror story with a different kind of lens, and to shine a light on how we treat people with disabilities.”

ZAC THOMPSON ON SOME OF HIS FAVORITE AFTERSHOCK TITLES:

“Right now, my favorite AfterShock titles are Hot Lunch Special. I think Eliot and Jorge have crafted a Coen Brother’s thriller for the ages. It’s a masterpiece through and through. I’m also a huge fan of what Donny Cates and Garry Brown are doing with Babyteeth. They’ve taken a premise that could have easily been a trope and elevated to a level no one was expecting.”

ZAC THOMPSON ON CREATORS HE WOULD LOVE TO WORK WITH BUT HAS YET TO:

“I’m sure I’ll miss a few but I’d love to collaborate with Jorge Fornes, Sami Kivela, Christian Ward, and Phil Hester someday. I’d also love to re-team with Eoin Marron at some point. Each of the artists I mentioned are at the top of their game and elevate the storytelling of the comics they work in ways that most people would never notice.”

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