AfterShock have a new one-shot horror coming from writer Cullen Bunn, artist Dalibor Talajić, colourist Valentina Briški and letterer Marshall Dillon. One day, the mysterious and titular Eden comes walking into tattoo artists Niles’s shop looking for something. Something he has…
“Tattoo artist Niles lives his life in a kind of daze. Minute after minute, he muddles through the repetitive moments of his job, his life and his guilt. All that changes when Eden walks through the doors of the tattoo shop. She’s looking for something…different…and she finds it with Niles. But Eden is a woman surrounded by deep mysteries…not the least of which is how and why her new tattoos vanish after only a few days. As Niles learns more about Eden, he is driven to fathomless depths of both love and horror.”
Bunn expands on the synopsis for Eden #1 with reason why he’s excited about this new “one-shock”:
“Eden is the story of Niles, a tattoo artist who is stuck in something of a rut. His life is a cycle of work, drunkenness, and guilt—lather, rinse, repeat. All that changes for him, though, when a mysterious young woman named Eden walks through the doors of his tattoo shop. She’s looking for something… different… and she finds it with Niles. But Eden is a woman surrounded by deep enigmas… not the least of which is how and why her new tattoos vanish after only a few days. As Niles learns more about Eden, he is driven to fathomless depths of both love and horror.
This is absolutely a horror story, but it is also a love story. Love and horror—they go so well together. It’s also a simply gorgeous book, thanks to Dalibor Talajić, and Valentina Briški.
This book is like nothing else you have ever seen from me.”
And his inspiration?
“A few years ago, a good friend of mine took over management of a tattoo shop. Hanging out with him at the shop and talking about the business helped to plant the first bits of inspiration for the story. And, of course, because I’m me, my thoughts of the tale turned toward darkness. I knew I wanted to tell a story that was equally beautiful and dangerous and horrific. Sadly, my friend is no longer with us. He passed away several months ago. I would have liked for him to see this. He was a huge horror fan, and I think he would have loved it.”
Eden #1 will be out Wednesday May 5th from AfterShock Comics