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Top Five: How Your Favorite Movies and Games Inspired 'Liquid Kill'

Top 5 by Max Hoven and Aaron Crow

Interview by Troy-Jeffrey Allen

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From WhatNot Publishing comes Liquid Kill! A new six-part cyberpunk series that follows a deadly viper squad called "Liquid Kill." This all-female crew is notoriously efficient, but their latest target is monstrous and...hungry!   

If you're a fan of Gabriel IumazarkMax Hoven and Aaron Crow's previous book, It Eats What Feeds It, then you're likely already curious about WhatNot's latest offering. but for those of you who need a little more convincing, PREVIEWSworld had pulled Hoven and Crow aside and asked them what inspired this vivid, ultra-violent action opus. And for safe measure, we've included Liquid Kill's jaw-dropping artwork to accompany their inspired selections.

Keep reading... 

ALIEN (1979)

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Max Hoven and Aaron Crow: The greatest horror film of all time. Incredible pacing, building suspense in an isolated yet futuristic environment, and never letting you go. Then of course there’s Ripley, inarguably one of the greatest female action heroes on screen. Add in Giger’s Xenomorph and you’re left with a near-perfect experience. It’s hard not to draw inspiration from such a classic.

 

RESIDENT EVIL (1996)

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Max Hoven and Aaron Crow: The original PlayStation games are amazing, especially the way they mutate the zombies into grotesque monsters. But the Paul W.S. Anderson films have a special place in our hearts, a guilty pleasure for sure. A great mix of action, horror, and over-the-top madness. Plus, we have multiple women to cheer on throughout the franchise. There's nothing like a crew of badass women.


GHOST IN THE SHELL (1995)

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Max Hoven and Aaron Crow: It's one of the best anime films. And the manga, while being different in tone, is also fantastic. The world is so vivid and interesting, you want to live there. Major Kusanagi wins you over instantly, and her outfit is incredibly memorable. Same goes for all her fights. The tone and style of Ghost in the Shell was a major influence on Liquid Kill.

 

INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM (1984)

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Max Hoven and Aaron Crow: We may get heat for this one…but this is the best Indiana Jones film. It’s the gold standard for action-adventure. It’s scary and intense, yet still fun and full of heart. The vivid brutality of a truly evil villain is rarely seen at the level Temple of Doom brings to a (mostly) all-ages story. We draw a lot from the darkness of this film-- particularly the ancient magic, ritual horror, and child slavery.

 

THE RAID (2011)

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Max Hoven and Aaron Crow: An action ride like no other. The real-time pacing, putting you right in the middle of the action, is something we’ve studied and put directly into our writing. The physical level-by-level, room-to-room movement is rarely seen at such a non-stop rate throughout the entire length of a story. We love this, and our pacing follows the same approach as you follow our heroes layer-by-layer into the catacombs of mayhem.

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About Liquid Kill (DEC221745): LIQUID KILL follows sadist-slaughtering vigilantes as they encounter pure evil in a blood-soaked cyberpunk future (à la GHOST IN THE SHELL meets JOHN WICK) written by the creators of the critically-acclaimed series IT EATS WHAT FEEDS IT and artist Gabriel Iumazark (Boom! Studios). For the staff and clientele of a mysterious island hotel, it's just another night of luxury and vice until members of Liquid Kill (a notoriously violent, all-female militia), lay siege. Demanding compliance or death as they gather intelligence, the adrenaline quickly floods the halls as the team eliminates all threats with ease in their search for their kidnapped leader. That is until something is unleashed... something hungry. If there's anyone prepared for the evils on the island, it's these fearless killers, but when the undaunted begin to falter, their foe must be truly monstrous.

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MASSIVE - WHATNOT
LIQUID KILL #1 (OF 6) CVR A INFANTE (MR)
(W) Max Hoven, Aaron Crow (A) Gabriel Iumazark (CA) Toni Infante
Barcelona-based illustrator and cover artist Toni Infante (Marvel, DC, Boom) joins Whatnot Publishing with the launch of Liquid Kill.

LIQUID KILL follows sadist-slaughtering vigilantes as they encounter pure evil in a blood-soaked cyberpunk future (à la GHOST IN THE SHELL meets JOHN WICK) written by the creators of the critically-acclaimed series IT EATS WHAT FEEDS IT and artist Gabriel Iumazark (Boom! Studios).

For the staff and clientele of a mysterious island hotel, it's just another night of luxury and vice until members of Liquid Kill (a notoriously violent, all-female militia), lay siege. Demanding compliance or death as they gather intelligence, the adrenaline quickly floods the halls as the team eliminates all threats with ease in their search for their kidnapped leader. That is until something is unleashed... something hungry.

If there's anyone prepared for the evils on the island, it's these fearless killers, but when the undaunted begin to falter, their foe must be truly monstrous.
In Shops: Feb 22, 2023
SRP: $3.99
PREVIEWS Page #432

MASSIVE - WHATNOT
LIQUID KILL #2 (OF 6) CVR A YUNE (MR)
(W) Max Hoven, Aaron Crow (A) Gabriel Iumazark (CA) Sunghan Yune
Art by South Korean artist, Sunghan Yune AKA Crystal Cowboy, cover artist for Marvel's Tiger Division,
Thanos, Black Cat and more.
LIQUID KILL follows sadist-slaughtering vigilantes as they encounter pure evil in a blood-soaked
cyberpunk future (à la GHOST IN THE SHELL meets JOHN WICK) written by the creators of the
critically-acclaimed series IT EATS WHAT FEEDS IT and artist Gabriel Iumazark (Boom! Studios).
The rich elites sure like to party, and the staff at a luxurious island hotel ensure their every twisted urge is
satisfied. But something depraved is happening on this island - something vile, and the fun-loving staff are
too afraid to ask questions.
Luckily, a ruthless team of vigilantes, known as Liquid Kill, are coming in hot, and they have their own ways
of getting to the truth.
In Shops: Mar 29, 2023
SRP: $3.99
PREVIEWS Page #438

MASSIVE - WHATNOT
LIQUID KILL #3 (OF 6) CVR A YUNE (MR)
(W) Max Hoven, Aaron Crow (A) Gabriel Iumazark (CA) Sunghan Yune
Art by South Korean artist, Sunghan Yune AKA Crystal Cowboy, cover artist for Marvel's Tiger Division, Thanos, Black Cat and more.

LIQUID KILL follows sadist-slaughtering vigilantes as they encounter pure evil in a blood-soaked cyberpunk future (à la GHOST IN THE SHELL meets JOHN WICK) written by the creators of the critically-acclaimed series IT EATS WHAT FEEDS IT and artist Gabriel Iumazark (Boom! Studios).

For the staff and clientele at a mysterious island hotel, it's just another night of masquerades and vice.  But when members of Liquid Kill lay siege, demanding compliance or death, adrenaline quickly floods the halls.

Searching for their kidnapped leader, Kai and her comrades are forced to learn the greater mysteries of the island, and they may not be ready for what's ahead.
In Shops: Apr 19, 2023
SRP: $3.99
PREVIEWS Page #412

MASSIVE - WHATNOT
LIQUID KILL #4 (OF 6) CVR A KNOTT (MR)
(W) Max Hoven, Aaron Crow (A) Gabriel Iumazark (CA) Phillip Knott
Cover by Philip Knott, known for his work on IDW's Transformers: Last Bot Standing.

LIQUID KILL follows sadist-slaughtering vigilantes as they encounter pure evil in a blood-soaked cyberpunk future (à la GHOST IN THE SHELL meets JOHN WICK) written by the creators of the critically-acclaimed series IT EATS WHAT FEEDS IT and artist Gabriel Iumazark (Boom! Studios).

Kai and the others have found an entrance to a hidden section of the hotel, but when their hostages refuse to help them further, their ruthlessness is put on full display.

As the horrified hotel guests watch this play out, new problems suddenly arise. A sort of... creature is loose on the island, and it's coming for them.
In Shops: May 10, 2023
SRP: $3.99
PREVIEWS Page #430

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Troy-Jeffrey Allen is the producer and co-host of PREVIEWSworld Weekly. His comics work includes BAMN, Fight of the Century, the Harvey Award-nominated District Comics, and the Ringo Awards-nominated Magic Bullet.

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