What Happens When You Die? Mad Cave Announces The Body Trade

In the world of body brokerage, making things right is messy work.

Announcing the all new twisted crime series from Mad Cave Studios, THE BODY TRADE, by critically acclaimed writer Zac Thompson (Project Riese, Breathed A Body), with inks by Argentinian artist Jok (Forty Coffins) and letters by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (Shanghai Red, Red Sonja); featuring cover B by Jacob Phillips (Houses of the Unholy).

It’s never too late for a bad person to do the right thing, even if it destroys you in the process… When grieving father Kim Krillic returns to Florida to bury his estranged son, he stumbles into the shocking underworld of the aftermarket for dead bodies. Sworn to vengeance, can Kim expose the insidious truth and atone for his past?

Writer: Zac Thompson – Artist: Jok
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Release Date: September 18th, 2024

Synopsis: Kim Krilic is a divorced ex-con who’s trying to atone. However, his short temper tends to get the best of him. When he returns to Florida to bury his estranged son. He’s sickened to find an empty grave. His son’s remains were sold into “The Body Trade”. Armed with righteous fury, Kim sets out to reclaim his child’s corpse. But one act of vengeance causes everything to spiral out of control. The Body Trade is an unrelenting revenge story set against the backdrop of America’s aftermarket for dead bodies. Critically acclaimed writer Zac Thompson (Blow Away, Into The Unbeing) and star artist Jok (In Hell We Fight) team up for this neo-noir crime thriller rife with bloodshed and brutality, in the tradition of Blue Ruin and Hell or High Water!

Meet the Creators!

“The Body Trade is a comic I’ve wanted to create for years. Collaborating with Jok on the series is a dream. Through his lines and colours he’s built this incredible mood on the page that captures the gaudy excess of Florida balanced against the horrific stylings of an industry of death. Together we’ve created a story that’s both a fierce revenge yarn and an interrogation into a seedy corporate underbelly of America. The Body Trade is a raw and unflinching neo-noir where an ex-convict goes up against the intense might of corporate power and will do anything to win. But what when there’s nothing illegal about what you’re up against – how do you expose the truth? And will anyone care when you do?”
– Writer, Zac Thompson

“When The Body Trade knocked at my door (thanks to Mike Marts), I was working on some children and YA projects that required a light hearted style, gentle narrative and festive color palettes. Zac´s story needed quite the opposite, as it explored deeply dramatic themes, some gore and a heavy atmosphere.

It’s been a great pleasure to meet and work with Zac and the team. I hope readers get hooked by The Body Trade, as it combines elements I’ve enjoyed in other works of fiction such as True Detective, Thomas Harris novels and Scorsese´s movies. Zac is brilliant and I believe we share the same view and taste for these kinds of stories. We’ve both certainly put our hearts in this one.” – Artist, Jok


For fans of Vince Gilligan and Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers, The Body Trade #1 is now available for pre-order on the official website, and will be available at your favorite bookstore, local comic shop, and digital comic reader on September 18th, 2024!

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