Written by James Ferguson
Published on Friday, 18 July 2014 10:03
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Meet the Goners
There have been countless stories about a lone warrior, protecting the world from demons, monsters, and other things that go bump in the night. From Constantine to Buffy to the B.P.R.D., for the most part, these people operate alone or with a select group of other trained professionals. What if it was a family instead? Writer Jacob Semahn and artist Jorge Corona are teaming up to explore that notion and more in Goners, coming this October from Image Comics.
The book focuses on the Latimer Family, who have have been humanity's sole defense against all kinds of paranormal assault throughout history. They've seen it all including but not limited to the colonization of Roanoke and the fall of the Berlin Wall. The current head of the household, Raleigh Latimer and his wife Evelyn have been able to turn this family tradition into a revenue generator by selling their life rights and starring in their own reality show. This is great as it helps fund their fight against the forces that would destroy mankind. At least it was great until they're killed on live television with their children Josiah and Zoe watching helplessly. With their parents gone, the kids must now defend humanity against a rush of devils and other creatures looking to make a name for themselves.
“‘Oh, God. I’ve become my father.’ This is a line we’ve all heard before. Something that creeps up in the back of one’s brain and surprises them with the familiarity of the actions taken,” said Semahn. “Goners explores the themes of commitment and family. How far should one blindly follow those that came before? Be it soldier. Radical. Socialite. We all bear the weight of lineage. Some more than others. But it’s there. Waiting to bubble up.”
"It’s an epic adventure wrapped in ghosts and monsters,” explained Corona. “It takes me back to my childhood, to the movies and cartoons I grew up with. And that is exactly where I’m taking inspiration for the art. Jake did a beautiful job plotting and orchestrating this story, as soon as I’m done with each issue I can’t wait to get the next script. From the beginning Jake and I agreed that we wanted to give the story more than just a narrative style but also a very specific look for the art. It’s a modern day story with a lot of classic horror and science fiction imagery to create a world that resembles ours but hides secrets behind every wall."
The first issue of Goners is due out on October 22nd and will retail for $2.99. It is currently available for pre-order.
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