Images: A Preview Of The Comic Book Beyonders From AfterShock Comics

A young boy obsessed with crop circles and cryptography finds his boring life turned upside-down when he discovers that all of his conspiracy theories are true, sending him on the ultimate treasure hunt for an ancient secret spanning thousands of years. What is the connection between a lost mountaineer, an indecipherable manuscript, and the lost library of Alexandria? How is this connected to a one-eyed, flatulent Welsh Corgi and endless plates of corned beef sandwiches? Find out in Beyonders.

From Paul Jenkins (ALTERS, Wolverine: Origin, Sentry) and Wesley St. Claire (FU JITSU, Teen Titans) comes the mystery series that HAD to be told at AfterShock. Jenkins discussed why readers should be excited for the book, saying that:

“People are greatly intrigued by mysteries, secrets, treasure hunts and conspiracy theories. I’ve had a lifelong love affair with treasure hunts and code-breaking mysteries, and I wanted to create the ultimate “interconnected” riddle. Imagine a story where all of those riddles have one giant tapestry, and lead to one answer - that’s what the audience wants!

The premise of Beyonders spans centuries: the Great Library of Alexandria, which contained all human knowledge at the time, was intentionally burned down to suppress information. But a few fragments of important knowledge were saved, and protected by a group of rebels called the Beyonders. They left secret messages that reached into the future - a section of all ancient languages that cannot be translated, and appear to be coded. And in the present, a young student named Jacob Tate finds a way to decode all of these incredible secrets. It’s the ultimate treasure hunt, using ground penetrating radar and other technology to uncover hidden tombs and amazing places.

In the spirit of discovery, we’re going to do our very own treasure hunt in the pages of Beyonders! Readers will be able to follow a special code across the issues, piecing the puzzle together with the chance to win some incredible prizes. The story itself contains the treasure hunt! AfterShock will provide further details to retailers and fans as we proceed but trust me: the prizes at the end are going to be really special and worth the time!

At AfterShock I get the chance to fully express myself and my ideas. Obviously, other publishers are also supportive but AfterShock is something special - they always say yes to any good idea, and they don’t fret or interfere with anything that may seem different or difficult. They fully support the creators’ decisions. It’s nice to be trusted."

St. Claire talks about why people should add this to their reading list and what it was like working with Paul Jenkins, saying:

“Beyonders has a well balance of intellectual concepts and complex plot points with humorous dialog and playful characters. If you’re someone who loves conspiracy theories, treasure hunts and welsh corgis you will definitely want to pick this one up.

“One of my favorite things about working with any team, especially this one is everyone’s ability to communicate their likes and dislikes without egos clashing. It shows a certain level of professionalism when everyone can come to an agreement with ease and criticisms can be delivered without regression. Something everyone on this team has in common is that we love what we do and hopefully that will resonate with the retailers and readers as well.

AfterShock has been great, they are laid back professionals and do a great job making you feel like you are a part of the AfterShock family. I think everyone should be checking out the AfterShock books at their local comic shops for sure, these guys are serious about their presence as a top comic publisher.”