Coming in April: Beyond Doomsday, an SF anthology from Asylum Press, inspired by 2000AD and more

American comics publisher Asylum Press will release Beyond Doomsday: Illustrated Tales of the Apocalypse in April, featuring a cover by Ryan Brown – a science fiction anthology that features twisted tales of post-Armageddon terror, inspired by titles like 2000AD, and others.

Bringing together a collection of artistic talent that spans the globe, this dystopian tome of comic book narratives, it’s content aimed at older readers, is set to take you to the darkest regions of our future.

Many of these stories were featured in Heavy Metal, but other tales are brand new to this volume.

Featuring an amazing cover by British artist Ryan Brown (Heavy Metal, Marvel, IDW). Most of the stories in this collection are written by Frank Forte (Heavy Metal, Lovecraft Country, Asylum of Horrors).

“I’m really excited to launch an anthology and a blog of all things post apoc,” says creator and editor Frank Forte. “I grew up watching the Mad Max films and its many imitators and lived through the Cold War era of the 80s and 90s. I love the genre.

“Reading Heavy Metal, Epic Illustrated, 1984, 1994, 2000AD and other anthology magazines really gave me an early love for the doomsday/post-apocalyptic genre,” he continues.

“This collection has been nearly 15 years in the making, and I’m excited that it can finally see the light of day.”

Highlighted tales feature: “The Transaction” by Sylvester Song, a story that takes us on a dirty deal gone bad in the darkest regions of space; “Battlefield X” brings us on the front lines of a bio-chemical war; “Mutation” by J.C. Wong delivers a tale of post-nuke mutations and sexual deviancy which can only have disastrous results.

Beacon from Scorpius 4“, illustrated by Edu Menna, brings you to the edge of space where a lone astronaut responds to a distress signal — could it be his doom?; whil “Sex Tales from Cyborg-9” takes us to a planet where a group of aliens are exchanging bizarre sex stories, until a secret is revealed.

Swamp Girl” features a crazed girl that can’t seem to get enough of her swamp beast lover; while “Pondering in the Apocalypse” is about a lone survivor of a nuclear war who ponders humanity and the future of the earth.

Other tales include “Incident on Alpha Proxima” and “Short Circuit.”

Brand-new, previously unreleased tales new to this volume include a story by Steve Mannion (Fearless Dawn).

Plus, “Blake Dixxon: A Vampire Love Tale” takes us on a journey through a post-apoc nightmare world, where the paranormal is real. Blake Dixxon, a warlord of the Apocalypse, attempts to free his lover from the grips of a vicious vampire clan.

In “A Victorian Ghost Story”, written by Frank Forte, illustrated by Edu Menna, and coloured by Liezl Buenaventura, takes us to a steampunk London where a couple is about to buy a flat, but they soon determine it’s haunted.

• Beyond Doomsday: Illustrated Tales of the Apocalypse | In Comic Shops 27th April 2022 |Pre-order from your local comic shop by 18th February – Diamond Order Code FEB221246 | Pre-order it from AmazonUK (Affiliate Link)

Writers: Frank Forte, Steve Mannion | Artists: Frank Forte, Steve Mannion, Edu Menna, MoraMike, Sylvester Song, Jethro Morales, Jok, Jc Wong, Various | Cover Artist: Ryan Brown

Asylum Press is online at www.asylumpress.com

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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