AfterShock Sends a Mom to Hell in Her Infernal Descent

You may have heard that a mother will go through hell for their child, and that may never prove quite so literal as in AfterShock Comics’ upcoming Her Infernal Descent. CBR has the first details on the new series.

Her Infernal Descent is written by the team of Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler, of Black Mask Studio’s The Dregs and the incoming writing team on Marvel’s Cable, and illustrated by Roche Limit artist Kyle Charles. Scheduled to debut in April, it’s a five-part story that partly reimagines Dante’s Inferno, except this time starring a middle-aged mom who “descends the nine circles of hell to retrieve her forsaken family.”

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“We really took a deep dive into Dante’s work and thought about how we could make this hellish landscape of sin relevant in a world where traditional, biblical sins have become commonplace,” Nadler said in a statement to CBR. “I dare say they’re even somewhat pleasurable for most people. This allows us to dive into things like online dating, the foodie lifestyle, self-obsession, sexual ideologies, politics, literacy, and so on. We’re really excited about getting to create our own version of hell and we promise it’s like nothing people have ever seen before. It’s not just eternal fires and rotting bodies, but there’s a much weirder spin on this underworld as the series moves forward.”

While that speaks to the high concept of it all, Her Infernal Descent also holds personal significance to both Nadler and Thompson.

“Probably the biggest reason we’re excited about the book is that it’s an extremely personal story for Zac, Kyle, and I in that it’s a tribute to our amazing mothers who have played a big role in our lives,” Nadler said. “I lost my mom a few years ago and writing this has been a cathartic experience that’s helped me come to terms with the fact that I wouldn’t be where I am today without her influence.”

“Lonnie and I both have strong relationships to our mothers, so we thought what better tribute than sending a middle-aged mom into something horrific and harrowing,” Thompson added. “We both knew that we wanted that central character to be unlike anything people have seen before and in putting the project together we knew we had to model the book off of Dante’s Inferno. We consumed the epic poem and found ways to twist the familiar story within the context of our modern world while bringing our own set of unique influences. It’s deeply personal and completely surreal.”

Her Infernal Descent marks just the start for the Thompson and Nadler duo at AfterShock. (Thompson also has Relay in the works at the company.) The pair have been signed to a non-exclusive “multi-book deal” at AfterShock, which will include at least three new series from the three-year-old publisher. It’s the first such deal for AfterShock.

Her Infernal Descent #1 is scheduled for release on April 18. CBR has the first look at Charles’ cover and solicitation text for the first issue, below:

Her Infernal Descent #1

  • $3.99 / 32 pages / Color / on sale 04.18.18
  • Writers: Lonnie Nadler & Zac Thompson
  • Artist: Kyle Charles
  • Colorist: Jordan Boyd
  • Letterer: Ryan Ferrier
  • Cover A: Kyle Charles w/ Jordan Boyd
  • Cover B: Robert Hack
  • A tale of loss told in five parts. Any good mom would march through the inferno of HELL to get her family back.
  • Unable to cope with the burden of grief, a middle-aged mom descends the nine circles of hell to retrieve her forsaken family. Guided by the ghosts of William Blake and Agatha Christie, this no-nonsense mother journeys deep into a bizarre underworld filled with celebrity sinners, surreal landscapes, and absurd tasks. Her Infernal Descent is a retelling of Dante’s Inferno that updates the themes for a modern audience.
  • From the writers of the break-out hit The Dregs, and the artist of Roche Limit, this is HELL like you’ve never seen before.

CBR also has a look at Charles and Boyd’s interior art from the series:

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