A little over a year ago the first issue of Heirs was released by Here There be Monsters Press. Our creative team behind the first chapter of the story is comprised of Troy Stegner, the owner of Zia Comics in Las Cruces New Mexico, Jaime Carrillo, a talented and accomplished artist whose work has been featured by John Carpenter, Heavy Metal Magazine, Avenged Sevenfold, Perfect Circle, and much more, as well as myself, James Romansky, a professional writer originally from Las Cruces, New Mexico, with interior artwork by Chris Shehan.
We set out to bring those in the borderland, and hopefully many others around the world, an original, high quality comic. We succeeded, and for over a year the first chapter of the Heirs story has been read, talked about, and pleaded for a continuance by those who’ve read it either in print or digitally on Comixology.
Our story follows Talia Morgenstern as she’s thrust into a world of secret organizations in a war to control ancient artifacts. These artifacts are activated by people possessing particular DNA attributes calling themselves Heirs.
Buried in forgotten rubble outside Gaza lays a weapon, one of many, from a time mankind cannot remember. A lost past covered by the sand of myth and legend. Talia defends her home with the IDF, Israeli Defense Force. She has dedicated her life to protecting Israel from a conflict that too often turns toward the innocent.
Her unit discovers a foreign military in unfamiliar uniforms digging in the desert: they are devastated by the chance meeting with the agents of the Russian Orthodox Artifact Regency or ROAR. The agents, Gavril and Vitoria, utilize technology that has rarely ever been seen, murdering the unprepared soldiers.
Talia along with two others, Jacob Kaufman and Eli Harel, are thrust into a world of secret societies and individuals waging a war over ancient artifacts that can be activated into dangerous weaponry. The origin of these artifacts is debated through theology, science, and spiritualism; all claiming their belief is the correct one.
Talia finds that she is among the descendants of those who are able to activate this ancient technology. She is among a population of Heirs, once seen as demigods, prophets, and angels in generations past. She and the survivors of her unit are given the opportunity to seek justice as members of the IHA, the International Heir Alliance, an organization made up of differing ideologies, religions, and beliefs with the sole purpose of seeking out relics and keeping them out of nefarious hands.
The secrets of the past will be uncovered leaving the world in a tumult; both Heir and human blood will spill in an effort to find the truth and the gods of old will walk again.
Now, our story can continue, and you can be a part of it. The Kickstarter for our second issue, Those Left Behind, is in its tenth day and is over 30% funded thus far.
Some rewards for your pledge consist of digital downloads of both issues, hard copies, art prints, and original sketches from featured artists, even a cameo in the book itself.
We aim to produce a comic that the southwest and borderland can take pride in. One that our community desperately needs and that can be called our own. We’re proud of our arts community, it is unique among all others and pushes the boundaries constantly, just like the story our team is attempting to present.
Heirs needs backers, it needs you. Visit the link provided below to check out our Kickstarter page, watch the video, and read the first ten pages of the first issue. We need the borderland’s support in creating a comic book that you all can be proud you helped produce.