Join the legendary Jim Starlin (Creator of Thanos, Gamora, Dreadstar) and Nikkol Jelenic (AFTERDARK, A Taste for Killing, The Fall, Red Crow) on a journey through the life of a singular, frightening and very human creature: MIDNIGHT ROSE. A particularly bizarre tale of loneliness, love and what happens when you can’t help but give in to the vengeance growing deep within yourself.
Writer: Jim Starlin
Artist: Nikkol Jelenic
Colorist: DC Alonso
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover: Nikkol Jelenic
Incentive: Jim Starlin
/ $8.99 / 64 pages / Color / 64-PAGE ONE-SHOT
Release Date: 4.13.2022
JIM STARLIN ON WHAT THE BOOK IS ABOUT:
“It’s about living an alternative life and the ramification of such a hand being dealt to you. But out of the ashes of misery and hardship sometimes a grand legacy buds.”
JIM STARLIN ON SOME OF HIS INSPIRATIONS BEHIND CREATING THE BOOK:
“Nikkol, and her other job of putting together floral arrangements. The bonding of women with flowers has usually been a benign tale, with some exceptions such as Poison Ivy. I wanted to take that union to a real horror level. Thus, MIDNIGHT ROSE.”
JIM STARLIN ON WHAT HE ENJOYS MOST ABOUT WORKING WITH A PUBLISHER LIKE AFTERSHOCK VS. MARVEL:
“The freedom of doing what I want with a story without having to lie to the editor. I also know Joe (the editor) won’t sabotage the tale, as happened with my last work for Marvel.”
NIKKOL JELENIC ON HER APPROACH TO AND STYLE OF THE ARTWORK:
“As far as my approach goes with illustrations, I am a fan of detail. I love seeing and collecting that sort of art where after the story has been read, you can always go back and gaze over the artwork to see every bit that has been drawn in for the visual end of the book.
I have a deep fondness for flowers and I wanted to be sure nearly every page of MIDNIGHT ROSE would have some type of botanical elements drawn into it to show the connection to Rose and all that grows around her.”
NIKKOL JELENIC ON (3) REASONS WHY COMIC FANS SHOULD PICKUP THIS BOOK:
“The art is very fun and cool to look at, if I can be totally biased!
This book is great for readers that enjoy a character driven storyline. Jim wrote Rose beautifully from a discarded seed with great hardships that decided to control her own destiny and grow into a flower instead of a weed.
I feel the concept – a homicidal flower enthusiast searching for a purpose when being born into and constantly thrown into a half full glass – is super entertaining from a horror lover to fans of the genre.”
NIKKOL JELENIC ON HOW HER EXPERIENCE HAS BEEN WORKING WITH JIM AND THE AFTERSHOCK CREATIVE TEAM:
“I am absolutely stoked to be working with AfterShock, as this is the first book I’ve done as a Graphic Novel format and there are loads of great reads with beautiful art under the label that I am honored to be in good company with!
Teaming up with Jim on MIDNIGHT ROSE has been amazing. It’s wonderful to feel that the creation of a book is cohesive on both ends. This is the second story we’ve worked on and he has such a coherent way of laying out the scripts for me that I can illustrate the story and feel it will sync seamlessly with our vision.”
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