Z2 Comics have been on a roll with its 2016 slate of comics, with Hyper Force Neo, Carver and Welcome To Showside showcasing the breadth of the line. Now the publisher has a new apocalyptic political thriller in the works called Indoctrination, from writer Michael Moreci and newcomer Matt Battaglia, about two cops who have to work with a terrorist to investigate a dangerous new death cult.

Scheduled for June, the comic puts a political twist on the supernatural influenced detective genre, and namechecks True Detective and Se7en as inspirations. Indoctrination promises to showcase the reality of death cults such as ISIS, and explore the power of ideas and how they can influence a man to become a monster.

Moreci is currently also writing Roche Limit for Image Comics, and is the co-creator of Hoax Hunters, Burning Fields and ReincarNATE. Indoctrination is Battaglia’s full length illustrated comics debut, and he also brings years of experience working within the political system as a former employee of a Washington DC Super PAC.

Indoctrination will be available from Z2 Comics this June. For more information, you can visit indoctrinationcomic.com. Check out some preview pages plus the full press release from Z2 Comics below.

 

 

“How do you kill an idea?”

 

Across the dusty plains of America’s southwest, a deadly storm is brewing. A string of murders portend the sinister designs of an infamous terrorist to bring about the end times. Two FBI agents have heeded the signs, and only their rogue actions—aided by a potentially untrustworthy expatriate with deep ties to the terrorist—can push this darkness back.

 

This June, comic book writer and novelist Michael Moreci (Roche Limit, Burning Fields) and artist and former political operative Matt Battaglia will unleash INDOCTRINATION, a comic book series about America’s terrifying underbelly—of death cults and sleeper cells, serial killers and apocalyptic nightmares. INDOCTRINATION follows these two FBI agents as they develop a complicated relationship with an infamous terrorist, in an attempt to solve a string of grizzly, seemingly related murders. Mixing elements of True Detective with Seven, this new series from Z2 Comics captures the definition of fear in the 21st century.

 

“With INDOCTRINATION, we really wanted to create a thrilling, entertaining story that is also a way to explore the reality of death cults like ISIS, and the terror they instill in us which is constantly pulsing beneath the surface of American culture,” says Michael Moreci, a former journalist who recently signed a two-book deal with St. Martin’s Press. “Collaborating with Matt Battaglia has been ideal, because he’s a gifted artist who has also been able to use his background in politics to inform his work on INDOCTRINATION.”

 

At its core, INDOCTRINATION is an exploration of the power of ideas, and how ideology can drive mankind to act in horrifying ways. The series marks the first full length illustrated comics work of Battaglia who has previously worked for a Washington DC Super PAC.

 

“With INDOCTRINATION, we’re excited to publish our first modern, politically-minded series,” says Josh Frankel, Z2 Comics Co-Publisher. “The story has serious content, but it is first and foremost a riveting read, with gorgeous, detailed characters who really pull readers into their world.”