by Clyde Hall. It’s 1973, and you are on the wrong side of the Berlin Wall. Imagine being an American Cold Warrior embedded in the West German Stasi secret police, sent by your handlers to infiltrate a secret bunker containing an extraterrestrial entity of unknown origin and power. Now imagine that your worst enemy—the man most likely to discover your duplicity, expose you, torture you for information, then discard you in expedient, lethal fashion—is in charge. Feel the blood pound in your temples as something alien wakes, flexes its terrible power, just as the bunker is locked down. You are trapped with your mortal adversary and an inhuman harbinger of the unknown that strips away pretense to suck your truth like marrow from a bone.
We were welcomed into Agent Herring’s nightmare with Strange Skies Over East Berlin #1, a moody and grayscale cocktail of le Carré espionage and science fiction horror. In this DoomRocket exclusive preview for issue #2, writer Jeff Loveness (Judas) and artist Lisandro Estherren (Redneck, The Last Contract) reveal more about master Stasi spycatcher Inspektor Keiner, the man most likely to end Herring’s intelligence career prematurely. The Inspektor’s not the sort to waste good material. Rather than execute outright, Kleiner first destroys your life for what secrets he can glean.
At least Kleiner is human. Probably. But will Herring find it better dealing with the devil he knows than uncovering the otherworldly devil he doesn’t?
$3.99 | M | NOVEMBER 6
STRANGE SKIES OVER EAST BERLIN #2
Written by Jeff Loveness.
Art by Lisandro Estherren.
Colors by Patricio Delpeche.
Letters by Steve Wands.
Cover by Evan Cagle.
From BOOM! Studios: LOS ANGELES, CA (October 10, 2019) – BOOM! Studios revealed today a first look at STRANGE SKIES OVER EAST BERLIN #2, the newest issue of an all-new original series from Jeff Loveness (Judas) and artist Lisandro Estherren (Redneck, The Last Contract), a chilling and intense thriller about an American spy who encounters a terrifying inhuman threat at the heart of the Cold War.
Herring has infiltrated the underground bunker where the mysterious force is being held, but his cover immediately comes under threat with the appearance of his longtime foe, Stasi spycatcher Inspektor Keiner. When the fatal influence of the alien force proves too powerful to contain, the bunker is locked down and the American spy is suddenly trapped in a base full of Russians and Germans who are quickly losing their minds to the strange light. With the double threat of the suspicious spymaster and the alien’s mind-bending force, will Herring survive this deadly trap?
STRANGE SKIES OVER EAST BERLIN #2 features main cover art by illustrator Evan Cagle (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), as well as a variant cover by artist Gabriel Hernandez Walta (Vision).
Print copies of STRANGE SKIES OVER EAST BERLIN #2 will be available for sale November 6, 2019 exclusively at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.
Read Clyde Hall’s review of ‘Strange Skies Over East Berlin’ #1 here.