Superheroes and the Undead Collide in Mandy Summers’ “Super Dead”

On Friday, independent comic book writer and YouTube host Mandy Summers launched a crowdfunding campaign for Super Dead, a genre-bending, 48-page graphic novel what combines elements of both horror and classic superhero storytelling.

Written by Summers (Wart the Wizard) and illustrated by Peter Gilmore (Rocket Gal and the Mole Men of Mars), Super Dead is about a former hero who has become an undead shadow of his former self. Has he “lived long enough to become the villain?”

Here’s the official plot synopsis taken from the Super Dead Indiegogo campaign page:

For two decades, New Astoria was shielded from the violent disturbances of villainous super-humans by the chivalrous & indestructible protector, Captain Valor. He served the city with unconditional love and endless overwhelming pride, effortlessly able to break all barriers of reality, ripping through the skies at untouchable speeds with the hero’s intuition of always seeming to be in the right place at the right time. His strength and fortitude were unmatched, and his courage, unchallengeable.

As Captain Valor was destroying a soul stone that granted a villain the powers of darkness, corruption, and the ability to reconstruct the dead, his body inadvertently absorbed the ruinous energy from the stone, mutating the hero into an all-powerful, uncontrollable, carnivorous anti-human. In fear of destroying the city and it’s inhabitants that he had given his life for, he locked himself away beneath the city in the sewers, left only to feed off of plagued rats and other diseased vermin. He now loses more of himself every day, his mind deteriorating… left to embrace old news clippings and photos that remind himself of who he once was. It would all have been worth it to him as long as they remembered what he’d sacrificed to prevent the annihilation, and what he had lost to guarantee their survival…

10 years later… a new hero, Omega Atlas, has replaced Captain Valor… and vengeance begins to take form below the city’s surface…

Backers can get a copy of Super Dead for $25. For those with more cash to throw around, there are also tiers with extra copies of the book, sketch cards, original artwork, and a variant cover by Jon Malin (Graveyard Shift).

The best part? The project was fully funded in hours, so that all-important first hurdle is already crossed. Interested? You can check out some sample artwork below or visit the full Super Dead Indiegogo campaign page here.

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