Published as 5 issue series and graphic novel

Color print

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Written by: Andrea Lorenzo Molinari, Roberto Xavier Molinari

Illustrated by: Ryan Showers

The Shepherd

Premise

 

Prof. Lawrence Miller falls into a dark vortex of guilt and anger after enduring the tragic death of his teenage son from a drug overdose.  He cannot shake the sense that his son is lost, wandering between heaven and earth.  Grieving and profoundly disturbed, he opts for suicide, pursuing his son into the afterlife.  Once on the other side, he encounters his deceased father and is given a mystical pendant of great power.  Unfortunately, in Lawrence’s hands it becomes a weapon that allows him to unleash his fury on those who brought the drugs to his son, leaving a trail of insanity and chaos in his wake.  His existence becomes a terrifying conflict between his unchecked anger… and his instinctive knowledge that he has lost his way.

 

Synopsis

 

Lawrence, leaving his mortal body behind, is stunned to meet his father in the afterlife who has come in order to help him transition.  Clinging to the desperate hope of finding his son, Lawrence rejects his father’s offer.  Instead, he chooses to become an outsider, living in the ‘seam,’ the middle ground between Heaven and Earth, so that he can both find his son and seek revenge upon the dealer that gave his son the fatal drugs.

 

Lawrence and Legio attack Ted Connors, the young dealer you gave methamphetamine to his son, leaving Ted mentally unhinged.   Utilizing information extracted from Ted, the duo work their way up the food chain, targeting the regional suppliers and a mid-level urban crime ring.  Leaving broken bodies and minds in their wake, Lawrence and Legio finally fix their sights on their primary target, a drug kingpin named, William J. Nichols.

 

All lies are exposed when Lawrence and Legio pay drug kingpin William J. Nichols a night visit and learn the shocking truth.  Deeply shaken, Lawrence retreats to his home which he still cannot enter because of his afterlife status.  At his lowest moment, his youngest son, Nico, comes out into the yard and sits next to him on a backyard swing.  Lawrence is astonished to learn that his young son can see and hear him.

 

Lawrence decides to retrace his steps, revisiting each of his victims in turn and freeing their minds from the spiritual and emotional anguish the Staff of Truth has brought. But he has failed to find his son and his companion Legio shows him that not all is as it appears.

A father's despair over the loss of his son will put in motion a most unusual chain of events to save his son's soul. 


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