Dark Horse Comics has announced Under Kingdom, coming next year from the team of Christof Bogacs (Volume) and Marie Enger (Where Black Stars Rise).
Under Kingdom is a young-adult graphic novel about a high school kid whose mom disappears into the fantasy kingdom that exists under his West Virginia town. So he and his shape-shifting aunt go off to find her.
“It’s hard to know what to say about Under Kingdom,” said Bogacs and Enger. “As sappy as it sounds, I guess the easiest way to sum it up is love; a love of monsters, a love for the scrappy underdog and an unwavering belief in the power of empathy. Plus, there are fart jokes!”
Here’s the description from Dark Horse: After the sudden disappearance of his mom, high school freshman, Shay, is thrust into a secret world of monsters that exists underneath his small West-Virginian town. With the help of his shapeshifting aunt Sa’Belle, he must search for his mother while doing what he can to safeguard the citizens of the “Under Kingdom,” all while trying to maintain his normal high school life. If that wasn’t enough, Shay’s no fighter, but the Under Kingdom demands he take arms to protect his friends and family.
The graphic novel arrives in comic shops and bookstores next March.