PREVIEW: Plague #1

Newest release from UK’s MARKOSIA COMICS blends history, fantasy and horror to tell the untold story of the Black Death.

Once again leading the way in cutting-edge storytelling, Markosia brings the past of the British Isles to life in their edgy newest release. Reframing the story of the bubonic plague as a tale of good versus evil and magic versus faith, PLAGUE is Inspired by actual people and events of the 16th century and uses extensive research of long held folklore beliefs to tell the story of THE FEY; magical creatures of myth and legend being hunted by a corrupt Catholic Church.

By drawing on modern themes of immigration, refugees, despotism and religious zealotry, PLAGUE is a genre-bending historical fantasy. Drawing heavily from Bakshi’s animated interpretation of the “The Hobbit” and historical fiction a la Eco’s “In The Name of the Rose” and Follett’s “The Pillars of the Earth”, we hope that PLAGUE manages to feel 500 years old and fresh at the same time.

ABOUT THE CREATORS:

Dennis MaGee Fallon (writer/creator): As a screenwriter, Dennis optioned his treatment for the upcoming ALF reboot for Safehouse Pictures and Warner Brothers. Dennis is co-creator of The Range, a virtual reality space western with Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment. His sci-fi/horror reframing of the Underground Railroad is currently underway with Mad Horse Films and Awesomeness TV. He lives in the Hollywood Hills with a basset hound and two dozen Venus .

Jason Palmatier (writer/creator): Jason and Dennis are the authors of Lords of the Cosmos, a scifi/fantasy mashup for Ugli comics. Jason’s work has been featured in the short story anthology Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs Aliens. He is currently finishing his debut novel, the sci-fi military thriller Warmind. He is a helicopter pilot who in lives in rural Pennsylvania, where he is a stay at home dad to three young boys. One of those jobs is much harder than the other.

Zachary Brunner (pencils/inks/color): Zach is the colorist for Jim Krueger’s Foot Soldiers (Dark Horse/ AiT/Planet Lar) and Krueger’s High Cost of Happily Ever After. He was an illustrator and designer for Torque Creative, the in-house ad agency for Mercedes-Benz until 2015. He is the illustrator for the Young Adult novel series Penny Dreadful and the Poisonberry Fortune. Zach lives outside New York City, is a classically trained pianist and intends to be covered head-to-toe in Lord of the Rings-inspired tattoos. He’s halfway done.

Dave Sharpe (letterer): With his work appearing in over two thousand comic titles, Dave not only handles the lettering for Plague, he is also our wise and hands-on guru. He studied at the Joe Kubert School and also ran Marvel’s in-house Lettering Department in the late 1990’s. Today he continues to letter for DC Comics and many independent titles. His credits are too many to list, but include Batman, Green Lantern, Deadpool, She-Hulk, The Defenders, and Spider-Girl.

PLAGUE ISSUE ONE is available for sale on www.comixology.com and wherever fine comics are sold.

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