An alien race of religious extremists plan to honor their deity through the ritualistic annihilation of our planet. The only man who knows this is Milan Marlowe, an unstoppable media baron who sees opportunity everywhere.
Earth’s only move is to engage the invaders according to their holy law and issue The Challenge of the Heretic—a winner-take-all gladiator battle for our right to exist. Marlowe launches Beast Wars, a televised interspecies tournament designed to select Earth’s mightiest champion. On a decadent private island, sharks, lions, gorillas, and polar bears square off to the delight of screaming fans oblivious to the sky-high stakes.
Enter Bruno Bolo—single father, blues belter, and alligator wrestler from the swamps of Florida. Beset by personal demons, corporatized killer sharks, Yeats-quoting pit fighters, and looming alien eradicators, Bruno will emerge as our desperate planet’s final hope.
Adam Mansbach‘s most recent book, Go the Fuck to Sleep, was a #1 New York Times bestseller. Published in thirty-six languages, it is forthcoming as a feature film from Fox 2000. His novels include The End of the Jews, winner of the California Book Award, and the cult classic Angry Black White Boy, which is taught at more than a hundred universities. His work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, GQ, Esquire, The Believer, and on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.
Douglas Mcgowan is a filmmaker, record producer, and lifelong comic book fan.
Owen Brozman lives in Brooklyn. This is his first graphic novel.