SINS OF THE SALTON SEA #1 (Ed Brisson / C.P. Smith)

AWA Studios has announced a June 7 launch for Sins of The Salton Sea, a five-issue series from writer Ed Brisson and artist C.P. Smith, described as a « high-octane crime thriller with a supernatural twist that asks the weighty question: Is the life of one child worth risking the fate of the world? »

Here’s how AWA describes the series:

« Sins of the Salton Sea follows Wyatt, a professional thief living off the grid in the aftermath of a horrible tragedy, who is recruited by his brother to pull off one last job. Their target: an armored car traveling down a desolate stretch of California highway. But when it turns out that the armored car is carrying not gold bars but human cargo, Wyatt is plunged into the middle of a conflict between warring factions of a doomsday cult. The Sins of the Salton Sea claim that it is their solemn duty to save the world by means of human sacrifice. Wyatt must decide if he will protect the boy who has come into his charge or be swayed by the cult’s convincing claims that the end of the world is fast approaching. »

« Exploring the riveting blend of action and horror in Sins of the Salton Sea made it a lot of fun to write and it has been so exciting to see C.P. Smith’s illustrations truly bring the story to life in such a dynamic way, » Brisson said. « I’m thrilled Axel (Alonso) and the AWA team gave me the opportunity to tell this fast-paced and exhilarating adventure, and I hope readers love it as much as we do. »

« Ed is an extraordinary talent playing to his strengths, and he’s perfectly paired with C.P. Smith, whose neo-noir style brilliantly captures the tension and atmosphere of Ed’s scripts. Sins of the Salton Sea takes a familiar trope - a criminal looking to make one last score - and completely turns it on its head, » said Alonso, co-founder and chief creative officer of AWA Studios. « Part conspiracy thriller, part chase movie, part cult-based horror, with plenty of twists and turns to keep readers wondering, Is Wyatt doing the right thing? »