Phil Hester is one of my favorite creators in comics. No matter what he's working on, whether it's writing the working-class magic epic that is Mythic, drawing a classically underrated run on Swamp Thing, or working as a cartoonist on his mind-bending The Wretch, number one with a bullet on the list of comics you probably haven't read that you definitely should, he brings a level of skill to the table that makes it all worth checking out. And when he's going deep into a new high concept, it's the best.

So when AfterShock Comics announces that he's teaming up with Warren Ellis --- who, as you may already know, is no stranger to high concept titles himself --- then it's definitely something to get excited about. It's called Shipwreck, and just going from today's announcement, it's going to be a weird one.



SHIPWRECK #1 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Color / On-Sale October 5th

writer: Warren Ellis
artist: Phil Hester
color: Mike Spicer
cover: Phil Hester
1:10 incentive cover: John McCrea
Dr Jonathan Shipwright, sole survivor of a very unusual and very secret shipwreck, doesn't know where he is. Seemingly trapped on an endless road, in pursuit of a saboteur who holds the key to his salvation -- or doom. Industry legend WARREN ELLIS joins AfterShock comics with this mysterious and captivating tale full of shock, secrets and surprises.


And before you ask, no. I checked and it's not a stealth origin story for the GI Joe sailor.

It's worth noting that this isn't Ellis and Hester's first collaboration, but it's certainly the first one that we've seen in a while, and --- if memory serves --- the first long-form story they've done together.