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CANNIBAL MIXES SOUTHERN GOTHIC HORROR WITH HUMAN FLESH THIS OCTOBER
Remember when that guy ate someone's face while tripping on bath salts? What if it wasn't drugs he was on, but a new disease? Cannibal takes a look at this idea as a new virus sweeps through a small Everglades town, causing the infected to crave human flesh. Scheduled for release this October from Image Comics, the book is written by Brian Buccelllato and Jennifer Young, with art by Matias Bergara.
Cannibal follows the Hansen family as they come up with their own solution for their neighbors trying to eat them: kill them. That's easy to do when it's that jerk down the street, but those feelings change when the virus infects some people the family actually care about.
“It’s about a Florida town that is just trying to hold onto their everyday lives at the dawn of a cannibal epidemic,” said Young. “Told through the eyes of the Hansen family, it’s an anti-apocalypse story because mankind is too stubborn to give in. It’s a about family and community, and explores how people respond to the spread of deadly diseases.”
“These cannibals are just like us. They feel remorse and guilt and don’t want to eat people,” added Buccellato. “But the virus manifests as an insurmountable addiction that builds up until they can’t control themselves. After they feed and sate their hunger, they must face the guilt and ramifications of their actions. At it’s heart, it’s an allegory for drug addiction.”
Young continued: “In a world where your neighbor, your friend, your barber could suddenly try to eat you, this story is also about mankind’s resolve and deeply-ingrained desire to maintain the status quo—so deep that they will assimilate the idea of cannibals into their normal life.”
The fact that Cannibal is set in Florida is not at all surprising. You can totally see this happening there, right? Cannibal #1 will debut on October 5th, 2016.
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