A Legacy of Violence, by masters of horror Cullen Bunn and Andrea Mutti, with letters by Rus Wooton, follows Dr. Nick Shaw; an honest doctor just trying to help people. But one day, when a patient gets out of control, Nick suddenly begins recalling past memories he had kept hidden away. That’s when he decides to join Doctors Without Borders and heads straight for Central America. But his past still comes calling. With a serial killer on the loose in the small town of Disante, Honduras, Nick’s flashbacks begin to intensify-and become clearer. Was Nick meant to go to Honduras? Is this all part of the killer’s plan? Find out what Nick has been repressing all these years and why.
A LEGACY OF VIOLENCE
Here's What Critics Are Saying
"You can run from a person or a place, but you can’t run from your own mind. Cullen Bunn steps away from his usual slow-burn, haunted horror to flex some writing muscles we rarely get to see. Frantic, sweeping, and visceral, A Legacy of Violence is a ravenous romp through the mindscape of murderous malcontents. Overall: 10/10" - Anton Kromoff
"A Legacy of Violence has lain out an iconic but consistently disturbing scenario of torture and mayhem disguised under a dark veil of mystery." - Martin
"From page one A Legacy of Violence had me hooked. Cullen Bunn knows how to ratchet up the tension and the horror, and I found myself eager for more. This first issue has a lot of twists and turns, as well as a lot of puzzle pieces we’ll be trying to figure out as we go, and I can’t wait to see where this series is headed."
"A Legacy of Violence has an impressive foundation. By using a real life atrocity and its fallout, readers are in for thrilling look on generational burdens. With miasmic artwork comes an intense atmosphere where anything can happen." - Jake Palermo
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The wife of King Oleandra, Queen Kembri died at the age of 26 while giving birth to their twin daughters, Kelindi and Aridani. There are whispers that her death could have been prevented, had the potent medicine of The River’s People not been outlawed as contraband. While Queen Kembri was well-known for her elegance, her daughters know little to nothing about her.
The pet tiger of King Oleandra, Sebic died at the age of 41 while giving birth to her cub Karion–the same night that Queen Kembri died giving birth to Kelindi and Aridani. Her death compounded the king’s grief over losing his wife, and contributed to the dark, merciless turn his reign took in the years afterward.
The pet tiger of Princess Aridani, Karion was born on the same night as Aridani and Kelindi–as is typical of royal births for The Tiger’s People. Poised and utterly loyal to Aridani, Karion is always there when she needs comfort. He shares visions with Aridani, not only through speaking The Tiger’s Tongue, but through shared dreams and visions. These visions are hightened when Aridani makes physical contact with him. Of the twin princesses, Karion favors Aridani, if only because she speaks The Tiger’s Tongue more fluently than Kelindi.
Phin is a talented blacksmith whose family operates the royal armory, also known as The Tiger’s Arms. Due to his profession and its proximity to the Tiger’s Court, Phin lives a more privileged life than most of the people of The River. This makes him a bit of an outcast amongst his peers, as they are less complicit in The Tiger’s Reign. Though he tends to be a bit timid, Phin is well-intentioned, and ultimately wants the best for the River’s People. His budding feelings for Princess Aridani are a source of conflict for him, as she frequently visits his workshop.
A proud woman of the River, Skal is Princess Kelindi’s secret best friend and confidante. Though her demeanor is a bit sarcastic, she does have a more affectionate side she shows in dire situations. After accidentally meeting in the forest as children, she opened Kelindi’s eyes to the true nature of her family’s reign. Along with her mother, she creates and distributes “contraband” medicine made with Old River sediment. Skal regularly meets Kelindi in secret in the forest that borders the palace and court. The two have been meeting this way for as long as they can remember. Despite their differences in circumstance, Skal truly cares for Kelindi and enjoys pushing her buttons in conversation.
Sweet and light-hearted, Princess Aridani is a social butterfly who likes to spend her free time exploring the streets and shops outside the palace. Though she and Princess Kelindi are twins, her playful disposition makes her seem younger and smaller than she really is. Aridani is also close to Phin, a skilled blacksmith who is contracted by the monarchy and harbors his own feelings for Aridani. Due to her deeply spiritual and absent-minded manner, King Oleander believes her unfit to rule, choosing instead to focus on preparing Princess Kelindi for the throne. Princess Aridani has never been able to manifest her own powers, but her average body temperature is a bit lower than average. Despite this, she is more fluent than her sister, Kelindi, in The Tiger’s Tongue. Because of this, she shares a deeper connection with Karion, her pet tiger with psychic abilities.
Strong and self-assured, Princess Kelindi is favored by King Oleandra to take over the throne once she reaches 18. From a young age, Kelindi was personally trained by the King in countless private lessons in order to prepare for the throne. She is succinct and guarded to a fault– her manner wins her little favor within the boisterous social circles of the Tiger’s court. Her closest friend and confidante is Skal, a radically-minded citizen living in the shadows of the Claw. Skal opens her eyes to the atrocities committed by the Claw upon The River’s People, and the squalor that the Claw’s marginalized are forced to live in. As a result, Kelindi vows to improve the living conditions of the common people, and create meaningful change once she takes over the throne as Queen. Though Kelindi has a shorter fuse, she tends to resort to diplomacy in the end, preferring to lead by keeping the peace. Because of this, there are whispers of doubt amongst the Tiger’s Court that she may be too much of a pacifist to lead The Claw.
Oleandra is a weary, embittered ruler who has all but left the actual ruling to his royal court, also known as The Tiger’s Court–a group of disconnected elites who only work to further enrich themselves. He lost his beloved wife Kembri in childbirth and has subsequently hardened his heart to nearly everything. Though he would never admit this, he quietly resents his twin daughters for the death of his wife–yet he still does show moments of genuine concern for them. Oleandra favors Princess Kelindi, however, grooming her to rule after him through private lessons to prepare her for the throne. Sebic, his pet tiger, died the same night as his wife while giving birth to her own cub, Karion. Long ago, Oleandra possessed fire-like powers similar to his daughter Kelindi, but he has since grown too weak (or apathetic) to wield them.