RELEASE DATE: MAY 19 2021
In Cradle, Shame’s gateway to Hell stands poised to pour forth its demonic legions upon the world. Hope, Merritt and Grace know they must close it before it is too late. Shame’s followers are determined to stop them.
Hope has to face the corruption of a trusted friend and ally, whilst also fighting her way through the horrific monsters that bar her way back to Cradle. Her innocence and resolve will be put to the test as she faces the full fury of Shame’s evil.
Book 5 in the successful and acclaimed Shame series following the ultimate story of mother-daughter conflict.
- Writer: Lovern Kindzierski
- Art: John Bolton
- Letterer: Annie Parkhouse
- Editor: Alexander Finbow
“Adult fairy tales are well-established in genre fiction, across various media, as a source of dark entertainment. Meanwhile, in Canada, one publisher is making it even darker, and sexier, in a way that isn’t getting nearly enough entertainment.
Renegade Arts Entertainment, based in Canmore, Alta., publishes the Shame series in lavish books (this is the fifth volume) following the rich European tradition of beautiful slow-burn stories. Written by Winnipeg’s Lovern Kindzierski, it’s a twisted story of a family of witches and high fantasy battles between good and evil.
Undeniably, however, the beautiful watercolour art by John Bolton catches the attention first, heavy with eroticism and artistic influences that an academic could analyze for days. And, unlike so many comics that are marked “for mature readers” but are, ironically, quite immature, its sexual content is completed with real maturity and adult themes of desire, ambition and loss.”
– Mike Donachie, Toronto Star
“A mystical masterpiece! John Bolton’s art is as entrancing as the magical tale it depicts.”
– John K. Kirk, Pop Mythology
“HOPE is a surreal fantasy that utilises the pages of a comic to transport you into a different world where you will be at a constant state of unease and wonder. 4.5/5 stars.”
– Keven Skinner, Fox Force Five
“Beautifully rendered by an absolute master in his field, John Bolton’s art is brilliant. So much detail and expertly applied colouring produce a frameable work of fine art in nearly every panel. Lovern Kindzierski’s prose is equally as exceptional and deep. Not a book you can read in a quick 5-minute break as you will definitely want to sit and absorb the richness of each page.”
– Martin Boruta, First Comics News
“The story by Kindzierski is exciting, action packed and unfolds likes well won action adventure. The art by Bolton feels visceral and can be in any museum. Altogether, a graphic novel which engulfs the reader into this magical world and gives fantasy fiction fans a grand tale.”
– Pharaoh Miles, Graphic Policy
Featured in CBC Books’ 21 Canadian comics to watch for in Spring 2021