Sometimes Horror has something big to say.
INFIDEL, the new series from Image Comics slithers into comic shops and online retailers today. Much like other timely Horror tales, such as Jordan Peele’s GET OUT, its story focuses a genre lens on the twists and turns of race relations in today’s fraught and evolving world. Written by former Vertigo Comics Editor and short film Director, Pornsak Pichetshote, with art by Aaron Campbell (The Shadow, James Bond), the INFIDEL plot makes good sense for Horror.
The story is a simple one: a young girl and her family move into a strange building where dark, supernatural spirits begin haunting its residents. However, in INFIDEL the girl is Muslim and she is surrounded by a claustrophobic community of multi-ethnic neighbors with accompanying prejudices, unwavering opinions and heightened emotions. The horror comes creeping in when its revealed the shadowy creatures inhabiting the building thrive on this hate and literally feed off its xenophobia.
For a timely female-driven tale like this, it seems Image has the right crew. In a recent Image Comics interview, artist Aaron Campbell shared his own love of our beloved genre, commenting that, “The horror genre has always been near and dear to me… Now, more and more, the genre is concerning itself with the threats of us vs. them. Tribalism. And so I could not be more proud or excited to be a part of the Infidel team“.
The first issue of INFIDEL is available in stores and on digital platforms now.