by Wes Greer on October 18, 2023

KILLADELPHIA by Rodney Barnes and Jason Shawn Alexander is returning for its sixth arc and this creative team is setting out to make it the biggest and craziest yet, bringing in some of the biggest icons in Horror and Image comics alike! The new arc kicks off with Killadelphia #31 that introduces one of Image Comics launch characters created by Todd McFarlane, Spawn himself! Check out the official press release from Image below - 


PORTLAND, Ore. 10/16/2023 — The Eisner Award nominated ongoing series Killadelphia from writerRodney Barnes (HBO's American Gods, HBO’s Winning Time, and record-breaking Star Wars: The Mandalorian comic book series) and Jason Shawn Alexander (the artist who redefined Todd McFarlane’s legendary Spawn for a whole new generation) have more surprises in store for fans with a fleet of iconic characters ready to join in on the action.

The Killadelphia series follows a small-town beat cop who returns home to bury his murdered father, revered Philadelphia detective James Sangster Sr. What he doesn’t anticipate is digging up a mystery that will lead him down a path of horrors and shake his beliefs to their core. The city that was once the symbol of liberty and freedom has fallen prey to corruption, poverty, unemployment, brutality… and vampires. Now, it’s up to Jimmy and an unexpected companion to stop long-thought-dead president of the United States John Adams from building an undead army and staging a bloody new American revolution.

The forces of Heaven and Hell clash on the battleground that is Philly and weave into the tapestry of a larger universe when Todd McFarlane’s greatest creation crosses over into the pages of Killadelphia! All the power SeeSaw has gained and all the magic he's learned will be put to the test when he faces off against comics' greatest anti-hero! Anything can happen in this bold jumping-on point for new readers that will redefine the Killadelphia universe as we know it. The sold-out, Eisner Award-nominated series continues in a landmark story arc that will also feature canon surprise appearances by recognizable characters from outside Philadelphia’s city limits.

“It’s tough to convey how excited I am about this story arc. Big thanks to Todd McFarlane and Erik Larsen for lending us their creations” said Barnes. “Also thanks to MGM studios for allowing Blacula to visit the city of Philadelphia. And lastly a humongous thanks to the late great Bram Stoker for creating Count Dracula who will be joining the battle as well. Great times!”

This next arc also contains a backup stories featuring Hell's Baddest Badass: Johnny Gatlin.

Killadelphia #31 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, November 15:
  • Cover A by Alexander - Lunar Code 0923IM415
  • Cover B by Francesco Mattina - Lunar Code 0923IM416
  • Cover C by Jae Lee - Lunar Code 0923IM417
  • Cover D by Alexander B&W noir edition) - Lunar Code 0923IM418

Killadelphia, Spawn, and Savage Dragon are all also available across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Google Play.
Select praise for the Killadelphia series: 

"The stunning and fresh horror fable I’ve been craving. This one feels like a classic." —Jordan Peele

"It's the best graphic novel I've ever read. Five times more graphic and eight times more novel." —Chris Rock

"A strong sense of place, an offbeat take on vampire mythology, and gorgeously grim illustration combine to make this first volume in an ongoing horror series a memorable standout." —Library Journal

"This smart, stylish thrill ride runs on enough social relevance to appeal to an audience outside of gore hounds." —Publishers Weekly

"Jason Shawn Alexander is one of my favorite artists working today, and writer Rodney Barnes is the perfect collaborator for this atmospheric horror story with a terrifyingly real sense of place." —Brian K. Vaughan, Saga, Paper Girls

"Sparely written, beautifully rendered and topical, Killadelphia is a genuinely frightening horror graphic. Can't wait to read the next issue!" —Steven Barnes Tananarive Due

"Killadelphia speaks to race, class, culture and vampires. All things that lead to a captivating story. What isn't there to love!!!" —Michael Strahan

"A dark, deep, seamless story that plays into multiple genres without becoming fully any one of them…offers a tantalizing nightmare of urban horror that feels real, rich, and mysterious. It'll infect you if you let it, and you should." —

"Killadelphia has redefined the horror genre in comics with a creative team that is continually raising the bar arc after arc!" -Wes Greer; Comics The Gathering