DIE Is A Dungeons And Dragons Style Horror Comic And We Couldn't Be More Excited
What happens when you take Kieron Gillen, Eisner nominated writer behind mythic epic Wicked + The Divine, team him with dynamic artist Stephanie Hans and throw them into the world of tabletop roleplaying.
Wait, what? That’s a strange combination.
Hell yeah it is and it’s resulting in Die, A new ongoing series from Image Comics, Die imagines a world where six teenagers sat down one day to play do some tabletop gaming and disappeared for two years before returning, refusing to discuss where they went and what happened to them in the time gone. Now, over twenty years later, the past is coming back in a dreadful way. Check out the full release and some art below!
GAMEMASTERS KIERON GILLEN & STEPHANIE HANS ROLL OUT ALL-NEW SERIES IN DIE
PORTLAND, OR, 09/12/2018 — Writer and co-creator of bestselling and Eisner Award-nominated THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, Kieron Gillen teams up with highly sought-after artist Stephanie Hans in an all-new, ongoing series titled DIE. The series will launch with an oversized debut issue from Image Comics this December.
DIE is a pitch-black fantasy where a group of adults have to deal with the returning unearthly horror they barely survived as teenage role-players.
Perfect for fans of THE WICKED + THE DIVINE’s urban fantasy, DIE can best be described as Jumanji with goth sensibilities.
“It's worryingly zeitgeisty. Role-playing games are part of the cultural conversation in a way they haven't been since the 1980s,” said Gillen in an exclusive interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “I suspect DIE is going to sit a little apart from most of it, especially the comics. Most of the D&D comics either are straight satires or leaning into the fun and games of those memories. We're a lot bleaker. It's me, so it's still playful, but I take fantasy games as seriously as I take pop music and this is a product of that.”
Hans similarly has experience in playing Role-Playing Games (RPGs) and likened the collaboration and creative process of building out the world of DIE to them. “I always think that working as a team is like a dance. You have to trust your partner while he does the same. Funny enough, I see panels as music notes,” Hans told The Hollywood Reporter. “But in this one, Kieron is a lot like the gamemaster, I trust him to build a beautiful narrative while I do the gesticulation. Worth mentioning: when I was still role-playing, I used to describe an RPG as a beautiful story that you create as a group. In a way, we have come full circle.”
DIE #1 Cover A by Hans (Diamond Code OCT180012) and DIE #1 Cover B by Jamie McKelvie (Diamond Code OCT180013) will be available on Wednesday, December 5th.