Thomas Ian Griffith
In tunnels beneath the city, in the dark alleys among the homeless, demons lurk and Lucifer bides his time. One man knows. One man sees. One man walks those dark streets. Father Daniel Beckett’s seen demons and he’s spoken to the Devil, but he’s never seen an angel and he’s never spoken to God. Obsessed and driven as much by betrayal as righteousness and anger as redemption, he walks the smoke-filled encampments of lost souls like Dante’s nine rings of the Inferno. He is God’s warrior at war with God.
There’s a war coming to the City of Angels. In tunnels beneath the city, in the dark alleys among the homeless, demons lurk and Lucifer bides his time. One man knows. One man sees. One man walks those dark streets. Father Daniel Beckett’s seen demons and he’s spoken to the Devil, but he’s never seen an angel and he’s never spoken to God. Obsessed and driven as much by betrayal as righteousness and anger as redemption, he walks the smoke-filled encampments of lost souls like Dante’s nine rings of the Inferno. He is God’s warrior at war with God.
The Barrens Part 1 of 2
Part one of a two issue mini arc that takes King Leo to the Barrens on a quest to save the destroyed soul of Father Leone after Leone was thrown from the bell tower of his church and his soul was ripped asunder by the demon they had battled throughout the first arc. While blind in our world, King Leo’s gift of second sight guides him through an unimaginable world that is neither heaven nor hell in his journey to save his friend. Meanwhile, another part of his past is revealed along the way when he runs into children hiding from the Soul Collector.
The Barrens Part 2 of 2
King Leo fights the forces of the underworld in the Barrens to rescue the soul of Father Leone and start their escape back into the world of the living. Beckett and Duran are on the road to finding their true calling. And more trouble waiting…
A peaceful small town is ripped asunder as its children go missing and many are found wandering disoriented or dead. Someone – or something – is hunting them down one by one. Coming to a place where trust in anyone is non-existent and faith in a solution is fading fast, Beckett and Duran must team up with one victim’s brother to track down the monster hunting the children and discover who’s pulling his strings in part one of “Welcome to Arlington.”
Beckett and Duran utilize Duran’s gift of discernment to track down the person (or persons) responsible for Arlington’s missing children. Another victim puts the city on lockdown, with curfew in full effect as Arlington’s police patrol the town streets twenty-four hours a day. Meanwhile, a new player has entered the field, looking for her prize: the true innocent.
Becket and Duran have cornered the “Monster in the Woods” only to discover everything they thought they knew about him was wrong. Beckett and Duran readjust their tactics to stop this child killer permanently. They also find themselves piecing together new clues in order to thwart Lilith’s endgame. Elsewhere: King Leo finally makes it back to our reality with the soul of Father Leone in tow–though perhaps in an altered state from when he left this mortal coil.
Like the layers of an onion left to rot, the mystery of Arlington’s lost children has peeled away its layers to reveal a bigger threat at its core. An ancient demon has been at work for decades only to be revealed when Beckett and Duran arrived in town. What was hinted at in Los Angeles is coming to fruition in this small midwestern town.
The penultimate issue of Asylum’s “Welcome to Arlington” arc. King Leo has returned from ‘The Barrens’ with a powerful ally in tow. But why does the future of humanity lie within the hands of a single boy? It won’t matter so long as Beckett and Duran stay locked in battle with their own tortured souls. Skrim pulls out all the stops to see Lilith’s plan unfold…
Streets flow with rivers of fire and skies are filled with demons. In this, the last issue in the second arc of John Carpenter’s Asylum, God is dead. The Anti-Christ is near, and Beckett, the fallen angel, is humanity’s last hope.