A collection of hauntingly beautiful science fiction and horror short stories by Prophet and Ritual artist Malachi Ward. Collects stories from Mome, Study Group Magazine, Sundays, Best American Comics 2013, and more.
In a dozen stories Malachi explores and blends the classic themes of fantasy and science fiction using a range of illustration techniques and styles. In “Utu” a Shaman arrives at an outpost with prognostications of a terrible war. He claims his visions come from a mysterious god, but can he be trusted? In “Hero for Science” a time-travelling rescue mission turns dour when a team member goes native. In “The Scout” while retrieving information in a remote cave, a scout encounters another version of himself.
Malachi Ward is the creator of the Ritual comic book series from Revival House Press, The Expansion series with Matt Sheean, The Scout, Utu, and Top Five, which is included in the 2013 edition of Best American Comics. Malachi has done work for Brandon Graham’s Prophet, Mome, Nobrow, and Study Group Comics. He is currently an artist on the Image Comics series Prophet Strikefile.
“Impressive stuff. Check it out.” — Frank Santoro on Malachi Ward’s Ritual Three: Vile Decay, The Comics Journal
“What they are is thoughtful and dense with meaning in their simplicity, a neat trick that creates a resounding pleasure.” — Hillary Brown, Paste
“Like Bradbury, Ward offers brief insights into worlds far away,
both in distance and time.” — Publishers Weekly
144 page black and white paperback
Alternative Comics, 2016