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In the aftermath of a mysterious explosion that tears through a major metropolitan area, five coffin-like stasis tubes are discovered, each branded with a woman’s name. Blasting off this December from critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling comic book writer Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun, Harrow County) and up-and-coming artist George Kambadais (A Place in The Heart), Grave Lilies is a riveting, Joss Wheedon-esque SciFi series — and the first superhero title from boutique New York publisher Z2 Comics.
“Grave Lilies is a super-powered mystery story I’ve been excited to tell for a while now. Five young women with supernatural powers. Shadowy government agencies. Conspiracies within conspiracies,” says Bunn, a bastion of creator-owned comic book series who has written comics for Oni Press, Dark Horse, Marvel, and DC. “I love these characters. I love the sense of action, adventure, and fun in this series. And I love the dark (dare I say apocalyptic) truths that are going to be uncovered as the story progresses.”
For his first Z2 Comics series, Bunn partners with artist George Kambadais, who has worked with Image Comics and DC Comics, to bring Grave Lilies to life. “I’m a huge fan of Cullen Bunn’s work. I feel very lucky that I’m working with him on Grave Lilies,” says Kambadais. “When he sent me a short description of the story and the characters i instantly fell in love with the girls. Each girl has a unique ability and personality. I’m sure the readers will fall in love with them too.”
In Grave Lilies, readers follow five mysterious women as they escape disaster without a scratch, and with no memory of who they are. They each discover that they possess a remarkable ability: the ability to charm the masses, the power to control plant life, the gift of healing, supernatural senses, and unbelievable physical strength. The women will need these powers, too, as they are pursued by sinister agencies that want to apprehend them before they learn the shocking truth of their origins and the destiny that awaits them.
Gravel Lilies is the latest in the line of creator-owned periodicals Z2 Comics launched last year. The Z2 Comics line launched with Ian McGinty’s all-ages WELCOME TO SHOWSIDE and Chris Hunt’s noir adventure CARVER: A PARIS STORY, both now out in trade paperback. Lauded, breakout post-apocalyptic animal story LEGEND: DEFEND THE GROUNDS, the comic book debut from novelist Sam Sattin with art by Chris Koehler, is due out in trade paperback in November, while political thriller INDOCTRINATION from Michael Moreci and Matt Battaglia is due out in trade paperback in December.
Grave Lilies, which retails for $3.99, is slated to hit stores December 7, 2016. The order code for the first issue of the title, is: OCT162100. For more information, please visit http://www.gravelilies.com/.
About Cullen Bunn
CULLEN BUNN is the writer of comic books such as Harrow County for Dark Horse, The Empty Man for Boom!, and The Sixth Gun for Oni Press. He also writes Uncanny X-Men, Deadpool and the Mercs for Money, and Monsters Unleashed for Marvel Comics. In addition, he is the author of the Middle Reader horror novel, Crooked Hills, and the collection of short fiction, Creeping Stones and Other Stories. He has fought for his life against mountain lions and performed on stage as the World’s Youngest Hypnotist. His website is www.cullenbunn.com. You can find him on Twitter at @cullenbunn.
About George Kambadais
George Kambadais is a freelance comic artist whose previous work includes The Vampire Diaries #4, published by DC comics, A Place in the Heart, published digitally by Stela, The Double Life of Miranda Turner, published by Image Comics, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Island of Misfit Toys, published by Square Fish. Now he is working on Grave Lilies, written by Cullen Bunn, for Z2 Comics. He lives in Greece and regularly updates his art blog with new drawings at gkambadais.com. Follow him on Twitter @GeorgeKambadais.