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Exclusive: Her Infernal Descent Process Art Shows the Before and After of Comic Artistry

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Modern retellings of classic tales is no new thing. Edward Scissorhands was essentially a spin on Frankenstein, Mars Attacks! a loose update on War of the Worlds, and Warm Bodies a zombified take on Romeo and Juliet, among many more, are all examples of a present day-set story that uses the foundation of previously written adventures as the starting point for their own journeys.

Such is the case with the upcoming comic series Her Infernal Descent, which is written by Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler (the team behind Come Into Me) and features art by Kyle Charles. The story follows a grief-stricken mother who ventures through the nine circles of Hell in order to find her family, all while guided by the ghosts of William Blake and Agatha Christie. For those intrigued by the concept, you’ll be happy to know that issue #1 will be hitting shelves this Wednesday!

Her Infernal Descent is a retelling of Dante’s Inferno for the modern age. It’s a middle-aged mom marching into hell to find her forsaken family. Imagine if Marge Simpson walked into the world of Diablo. The book is littered with pop culture characters, bold imaginative layouts, and beautiful surreal colors. It is 100% a retelling of the literary classic but updated with themes like social media, idol worship, gentrification and more.

Below, we’ve got process art from three pages of Her Infernal Descent along with Charles’ notes describing what he was going for with each page and panel.

To learn more about Her Infernal Descent, head on over to Aftershock Comics’ official website.

Page One:
The script for Her Infernal Descent is tight, specific and filled with visual cues the boys want to see. I knew the first few pages needed to look and feel lived in. Lynn is in a state of depression and apathy, visually the reader needs to see it. Not be told. Between the script and my approach, I think we accomplished that within the first page.

Page Two:
Whereas page one set the tone without seeing Lynn until the last panel, page two opens up a bit more. Lynn is in different states of depression, malaise and overwhelming sorrow. For anyone who has lost a loved one, they know that the hardest part is packing and cleaning up. Bit by bit, you’re folding your emotions, memories and hope, squeezing them into tiny boxes and waiting for the pain to go away. It’s a process that doesn’t come quick and isn’t finished easily. Page two delivers that.

Page Eighteen:
One of the few times I changed a sequence in the script was for page 18. The second row of the grid was originally designed to have each shade’s head take up an equal amount of space in the panel. Visually, it would have looked cool but by starting back and slowly pushing in as we move left to right, I felt it gave more impact to Jimmy’s line and the proceeding panel, Lynn’s horrified reaction to the madness.

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The Cast of Westworld Explains Why the Show Is a Must-Watch for Horror Fans

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“Westworld” Season 2 kicks off on Sunday, April 22nd at 9 PM on HBO, and fans of the high-concept sci-fi thriller are chomping at the bit; it’s understandable since Season 1 wrapped way back in late 2016.

While I have a wide definition of the term “horror”, believing it’s more of a sensation than a genre, many Dread Central readers may be wondering if a show about robot cowboys is worth their time and attention.

While I’d recommend “Westworld” to anyone who loves stylized violence, gore, and suspense, we challenged members of the cast to sell the series to potentially reluctant horror fans. How would they respond, for example, to a friend who dismisses the show because they watch horror almost exclusively?

Here are the responses we got from Luke Hemsworth (who plays Head of Security Ashley Stubbs), Angela Sarafyan (who plays host Clementine Pennyfeather), and Clifton Collins, Jr. (who plays both Lawrence and El Lazo).

Dread Central: Complete this sentence: “If you love horror movies, you should watch ‘Westworld’ because…”

Luke Hemsworth: If you love horror movies, you should watch “Westworld” because it’s really gory. It’s pretty dark and it’s also pretty smart.

Angela Sarafyan: You should definitely watch “Westworld” because it makes you face death. It’s a show that questions your mortality. The show not only projects these feelings, but makes you think about the boundlessness of human destruction and how far we can take our reality. Meaning: Will technology eventually be our destruction?

Clifton Collins, Jr: If you love horror movies, you should watch “Westworld” because the same rushes you get from scares in a horror movie, those thrilling and suspenseful events happen in the show. Just from reading it I can tell Season 2 is really cranked-up compared to Season 1. You’re going to have those moments where your heart palpitates or skips a beat and a lot of “Oh my gosh!” moments. There are some serious white-knuckle moments this season. It’s the same thrill you get from watching a horror film!


Westworld isn’t your typical amusement park. Intended for rich vacationers, the futuristic park — which is looked after by robotic “hosts” — allows its visitors to live out their fantasies through artificial consciousness. No matter how illicit the fantasy may be, there are no consequences for the park’s guests, allowing for any wish to be indulged. “Westworld” — which is based on the 1973 Michael Crichton movie of the same name — features an all-star cast that includes Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins and Golden Globe winner Ed Harris.

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New Interactive Xenomorph Game Launches This Alien Day

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Alien Day is rapidly approaching on April 26th and today we have news that a new first-of-its-kind interactive survival game is on its way via 20th Century Fox.

The game invites players to experience the intensity and imminent threats of Alien individually, or up to three players in collaborative gameplay and is called Alien: Offworld Colony Simulator. It’s a turned-based survival game that simulates a Weyland-Yutani Space Colony in security lockdown.

Weyland-Yutani is inviting civilians to participate in an open Beta test of “The Offworld Colony Simulator” – an advanced system that simulates security breach scenarios in non-terrestrial colonies. Those that participate in the Open Beta will help teach the system’s AI to accurately simulate human behavior in the face of otherworldly dangers.

Utilizing the Amazon Alexa service, players need to collect items, solve puzzles and explore unmarked territories to successfully move through the colony, unlock sectors, and avoid capture in a Xenomorph-infested space colony.

If you can’t wait until Alien Day, get a head start with the Weyland-Yutani Career Placement Test – a multi-question aptitude test to determine if applicants have what it takes for a role at the interplanetary Weyland-Yutani organization. Complemented with a sweepstakes, the test launches for fans on April 23 at AlienUniverse.com.

The game launches exclusively on Amazon Alexa Devices & Alienuniverse.com one minute prior to Alien Day at 11:59 PM ET on April 25th.

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Jurassic World 2 Gets Yet Another Poster – and Funko Pop Figures!

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Jesus, please us, enough with these Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom poster, amirite? I’m just kidding (I’m not) but seriously today we have yet another poster for the upcoming sequel to Jurassic World… Plus new Funko figures!

The Funko Pop figures will hit this summer, coinciding with the film’s June 22 US release date and include Chris Pratt’s Owen, Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire, Blue the Velociraptor, Stygimoloch, Indoraptor, Owen with Blue (Target exclusive), and a 10″ super-sized Tyrannosaurus Rex (Target exclusive).

You can check out the new poster to the right and pics of the Funko line below and then make sure to let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is directed by J.A. Bayona (The Impossible) from a script written by Trevorrow, and Derek Connolly. The film stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, James Cromwell, Ted Levine, Justice Smith, Geraldine Chaplin, Daniella Pineda, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, and Isabella Sermon, while BD Wong and Jeff Goldblum reprise their roles from prior films. Look for it in theaters on June 22, 2018.

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