The horror lies under the Black Sun in Children of the Black Sun #1, the horror series coming from Ablaze Publishing in January 2023.
Children of the Black Sun #1 is brought to you by writer Dario Sicchio (Black Rock, Sole Nero) and artist Letizia Cadonici (House Of Slaughter).
Over the years, a black sun has risen twice. A dark dawn whose rays have done terrible things to people’s minds, driving them to all sorts of horror. Twelve years have passed since the last time and the world still fears the return of that inexplicable phenomenon. But fear is not the only legacy of those terrible days. All the women who got pregnant under the influence of the black sun have given birth to babies with some… peculiarities. White hair, ashy skin, abnormal proportions, and eyes as red as fire: the Children of the Black Sun.
Brightvale is a small town like many others. Here the Children of the Black Sun are treated with contempt, especially in the days leading up to the anniversary of the two disasters. The hatred of their fellow villagers, terrified of a possible return of that horror, will push these kids to unite and embark on a hallucinatory journey to discover themselves and their true nature. But is the black sun about to return?
With an enticing cover, Children of the Black Sun #1 was a draw from the start. Add into the mix Cadonici’s artwork and a great story from Sicchio the series was set to be a hit. Now, while Candonici’s illustrations are not at the top of my artist list, they are great for what they are and fit perfectly within this horror series.
The opening few pages is shown to us as they were illustrated by a kid and is a perfect way to explain the history of the Black Sun. This style of course changes as the comic continues, but the story being told from a child’s perspective in school is a great way to kick off the book.
Pacing and story progress well and gives you enough to want to see what happens next. Overall, a good book and a great addition to an already stellar Ablaze roster of books.
Children of the Black Sun #1 hits local comic shops on January 4, 2023 with issue two coming February 1. Be sure to let your LCS know you are interested to get the book ordered!