Shane Riches & 12 Gauge Are "Afflicted"

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  • Posted on 15th Sep, 2022 21:18 PM

Writer Shane Riches spoke with CBR about "Afflicted," 12-Gauge Comics' graphic novel about teenagers with superpowers, which launches the publisher's new digital initiative. Plus, an

Teenagers with powers are a staple of superhero comics, the origins of many established heroes, like Spider-Man, involving a responsible and unassuming teen acquiring incredible power, which they eventually use for the good of all mankind. Of course, in the real world teenagers aren't all responsible, upstanding and mature citizens, and they're not always ready to use their power for the greater good. This fact of life is something 12-Gauge Comics will to explore in its upcoming title "Afflicted."


Written by Shane Riches with art by Jose Holder, "Afflicted" reunites the creative team behind 12-Gauge's "R.P.M." to follow the journey of Madison Thomas, who has just moved to Yuma, Arizona following her mother's death. Madison falls for Kevin, the leader of the most feared clique in high school: teenagers with incredible powers. Through a chain of events, Madison gets powers of her own and has to decide what she wants to use them for.

"Afflicted" will see print as an original graphic novel in September, but also launches this week as part of 12-Gauge's latest digital initiative to help raise awareness and attention of the project in anticipation of the print release -- a first for the publisher.

I was lucky to be able to highlight most of the main characters in a series of teasers released this week. Take a look at them here:

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