Militarized Vampires Stage A Bloodthirsty Invasion In Dark Horse Comics’ ‘Survival’ #1 This May
by Brendan M. Allen
Dark Horse Comics has announced a new political horror-action comic set in the Alaskan wilderness with Survival #1. This new comic series combines the action-packed drama of Red Dawn and the horror of 30 Days of Night. Writer Sean Lewis and artist Bryndon Everett present a new invasion as supernatural Russian forces storm the coast of Alaska. But this siege isn’t just designed for political dominance and empire building—these invaders will literally attempt to suck the blood from their new target. Natalie Barahona provides colors, with lettering by Ed Dukeshire, and cover art by Tomm Coker. The series is produced by 12-Gauge Comics.
The debut issue follows Emma Reed on her journey back to her hometown in Alaska as she attends an annual military alumni gathering. She’ll have to endure more than a tense family reunion as a plane crash lands nearby, unleashing a vampiric military monstrosity that hints at a far more devastating confrontation.
“Survival was written years before Russia invaded Ukraine,” Lewis reflects. “Some would call it prescient, but it seemed obvious—old empires don’t like to fall. Survival merges a social aspect with a very fun, very pulp story of vampires and machine guns, survivalists and invaders.”
“Not only did I grow up at the tail-end of the Cold War reading comics, pulp novels, and watching B-movies with my Dad, but my Grandfather was also a hermit on the Olympic peninsula,” Everett adds. “I spent my summers with him on his mountain, learning bushcraft and learning the value of self-reliance. This is my world, so it was a whole lot of fun getting to be a part of this project.”
Survival #1 (of 5) will be in comic shops for $3.99 on May 3, 2023. It is available for pre-order now at your local comic shop.