No, that's not a typo. I sure do smell controversy here. I have to hand it to Devil's Due, I like the idea of seeing something a little different. Controversy will only give it more attention. So bring it on. I don't understand why when people are "offended" by something, they have to raise a stink about it (then again, how exactly do you "raise a stink"?). If it's something you don't like or agree with, just keep on moving. Why dwell on it. Drawing attention is only going to allow more people to become aware of it. Regardless, this looks worth checking out.
A fiery new story scorched with historical conspiracy and religion gone awry is on its way from Devil's Due Publishing and Hypergraphia Comics in 2008. This March, writer Matthew Tomao and artist Josh Medors (G.I. Joe, Child's Play) launch an unsettlingly horrific miniseries that dares to imagine a fanatically fascist future in their 7-issue epic, Pogrom.
"It's 2070 A.D. and Democracy is dead," explains Tomao. "State sponsored churches dot the landscape. Unrepentant adulterers, deviants and incorrigible children face the death penalty. Society conforms to a strict, literal interpretation of Biblical law, ruled over by a despot who commands the greatest army the world has ever known."
Pogrom brings Tomao's first comic book tale to life blending shades of Da Vinci Code styled religious corruption and a bleak, Orwellian society where a despot presides over government and military. Tomao's script gets a ravenous edge and action-infused look thanks to artist Josh Medors and cover artist Ben Templesmith (Fell, 30 Days of Night). "Josh Medors is perfectly in tune with Pogrom's subject matter, and accurately portrays the dark, gritty atmosphere and mood of Pogrom's twisted universe," the writer tells.
Templesmith's renown hand for horror graces the cover of Pogrom #1 with a magnificently creepy introduction to Tomao's opus. A limited run of incentive covers signed personally by Templesmith will also be available.
"I decided to delve deep into the dark side of Christianity to truly portray what life would be like in a theocratic police state set in the near future," says the writer. "I am well aware Pogrom's controversial subject matter will undoubtedly irk certain people, but I feel it is my duty as an artist to offend the sensibilities of others, and force them to look at the world through unfettered eyes."
When an arcane ritual to resurrect one of the dictator's most brutal enforcers, the Inquisitor General Sabbath, goes awry, the former tyrant comes back to Earth endowed with senses of compassion and fear that open his eyes to the holocaust he helped create and transform him into a hero in search of answers and bent on toppling the Watican City States' ruler. The Inquisitor General, was once one of the most feared enforcers of the society's commandments. His journey as Pogrom to free an enslaved world echoes themes from other cataclysmic struggles against evil such as The Matrix and Lord of the Rings.
"My interest in Pogrom's near-future, post-apocalyptic world stems from my burning desire to make the real surreal," Tomao says. His own Catholic upbringing and fascination with religion brought about a burning curiosity, which, coupled with imagination, form the heart of Pogrom.
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