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Preview: American Gods: My Ainsel #1

American Gods: My Ainsel #1

Story and Words: Neil Gaiman
Script and Layouts: P. Craig Russell
Art: Scott Hampton
Colorist: Scott Hampton and Jennifer Anderson
Cover Artist: Glenn Fabry
Variant Cover Artist: David Mack

The comic book adaptation of American Gods, the Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy, and Nebula Award-winning novel and hit Starz television series by Neil Gaiman, returns with American Gods: My Ainsel #1.

The bizarre road trip across America continues as our heroes gather reinforcements for the imminent god war!

Shadow and Wednesday leave the House on the Rock and continue their journey across the country where they set up aliases, meet new gods, and prepare for war.

The Second Coming of American Gods with American Gods: My Ainsel

Last year at New York Comic Con, Dark Horse announced the comic adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. Ahead of this year’s New York Comic Con, Dark Horse is thrilled to reveal more details about the next nine-issue story, American Gods: My Ainsel, which follows Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday as they continue their bizarre trans American road trip to recruit reinforcements for the imminent god war.

P. Craig Russell and Scott Hampton return to bring more of Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novel to life in American Gods: My Ainsel. P. Craig Russell previously adapted Neil Gaiman’s Coraline and The Graveyard Book. Scott Hampton illustrates the complex world Gaiman created. Glenn Fabry and Adam Brown return to create hauntingly beautiful cover art. David Mack returns with gorgeous variant covers worthy of the Gods.

The first issue of American Gods: My Ainsel goes on sale March 14, 2018, and is available for preorder at your local comic shop.

Readers can catch up on the series by purchasing the hardcover collection of American Gods: Shadows. The 264-page American Gods: Shadows collects the first nine issues of the series, along with art process pieces layouts, character designs, and variant cover art by Becky Cloonan, Skottie Young, Fábio Moon, Dave McKean, and more! The hardcover goes on sale February 28, 2018.

Neil Gaiman’s Only the End of the World Again in January

Dark Horse will release a new deluxe hardcover edition of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed Lovecraftian tale, Only the End of the World Again. The graphic novel blends the worlds of H.P. Lovecraft and Roger Zelazny.

The book follows a claims adjuster who sets up shop in Innsmouth, Massachusetts only to discover that the world may be ending and that the instrument of destruction is a werewolf… which he also happens to be.

Based on a short story written by Gaiman, the new edition is adapted by P. Craig Russell, illustrated by Troy Nixey, and colored for the collection by Matthew Hollingsworth. Russell is no stranger to creating faithful adaptations of Gaiman’s work as he’s also adapting his American Gods.

This new hardcover edition features a brand new cover by Troy Nixey and Matthew Hollingsworth with bonus material including high resolution scans of the inks and layouts. This is the another offering from the expanding Neil Gaiman Library at Dark Horse, which also includes Forbidden Brides, Troll Bridge, and How to Talk to Girls at Parties (soon to be a motion picture).

Only the End of the World Again is available January 24, 2018.

Review: Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: Shadows #1

The comic book adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s award-winning American Gods is everything you need to hold you over until the STARZ tv version premieres and then some. P. Craig Russell does an amazing job at adapting the story into a readable and enjoyable comic book, he trims the “fat” nicely without compromising the story or the material that we all fell in love with. For those who haven’t read the book yet, the comic book is a nice entry and primer to it and I hope you feel compelled to read the book as well and watch the show.

Scott Hampton gives us low-fi pulp status visuals that bring the story to life in a way that seems more (sur)real than fans of the book could have imagined and he doesn’t skimp on the parts that you thought you’d never see.

There’s always a danger in adaptations of popular material that you’ll screw up the source material, take to many liberties and tick off the fans but, that’s not a problem that this comic book has. In fact having it come out before the TV show might have put some pressure on STARZ to make sure they get it right. There’s a lot of detail in the comic book that holds true to the book but, doesn’t come off as vulgar or exploitive. There’s no shock value or gore just a well-adapted story, with simple yet creative visuals that paint a beautiful picture into the world that our hero Shadow is about to enter.

The first issue of this series focuses on Shadow, his back story, time in prison, motivation to that pivotal moment where he meets and interacts with the “man” who will change his life. As a nice “epilogue” to this issue, we get to meet Bilquis in action in LA which should excite fans of the Gaiman original and, engage newcomers to the story to what kind of story they should expect. This is a solid first issue for a well-loved novel and I’m happy to see it come to fruition. I’m sure the hardcover collected edition will be something that coffee tables will beg for, especially if they get a David Mack cover like Fight Club 2 had. I recommend buying the issue, especially if you can get one of the sweet Mack covers even if you’re tempted to wait for the collected edition because it’s a work of art.

Dark Horse has another hit on its hands with this one, not just because of the story’s original fans but, because it this strong first issue is any indication, they’re going to have whole bunch of new readers falling in love with the story for the first time as well as OG fans finding a new way to love the story in a new and exciting way.

Story: Neil Gaiman Adaptation: P. Craig Russell Art: Scott Hampton
Story: 9.1 Art: 8.9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review

Preview: American Gods: Shadows #1

Dark Horse Comics has released a preview of the highly anticipated first issue of American Gods: Shadows which goes on sale March 15, 2017, ahead of Starz’ premiere of an American Gods TV show adapted by Bryan Fuller. The adaptation of the Hugo and Nebula award–winning novel by Neil Gaiman will be adapted and co-written by P. Craig Russell—who previously adapted Gaiman’s bestselling novels Coraline and The Graveyard Book—and illustrated by acclaimed artist Scott Hampton.

Originally published in 2001 by William Morrow and Headline, American Gods will be adapted into twenty-seven single issues with three story arcs: Shadows, My Ainsel, and The Moment of the Storm.

The series features covers by some of the industry’s most acclaimed artists: Glenn Fabry and Adam Brown, and variant covers by David Mack. Acclaimed artist Dave McKean, who provided covers on Gaiman’s seminal Sandman for DC Comics, has also created a variant cover for the first issue.

Dark Horse Will Publish American Gods Comics in the UK

Dark Horse Comics will be publishing the highly anticipated adaptation of American Gods as periodical comic books in England. The adaptation of the Hugo and Nebula Award–winning novel by Neil Gaiman will be adapted and co-written by P. Craig Russell—who previously adapted Gaiman’s bestselling novels Coraline and The Graveyard Book—and illustrated by acclaimed artist Scott Hampton. Dark Horse will adapt American Gods into twenty-seven single issues with three story arcs: Shadows, My Ainsel, and The Moment of the Storm. The first issue of American Gods: Shadows goes on sale March 15, 2017, ahead of Starz’ premiere of an American Gods TV show, adapted by Bryan Fuller.

The American Gods comic books will feature guest interior art by Walt Simonson, Mark Buckingham, Colleen Doran, P. Craig Russell, and more. The series features covers by some of the industry’s most acclaimed artists: Glenn Fabry and Adam Brown, and variant covers by David Mack. Acclaimed artist Dave McKean, who provided covers on Gaiman’s seminal Sandman for DC Comics, has also created a variant cover for the first issue.

Originally published in 2001 by William Morrow and Headline, American Gods is a Hugo and Nebula Award–winning novel. American Gods is the latest Gaiman adaptation from Dark Horse, preceded by graphic novel adaptations of How to Talk to Girls at Parties, Troll Bridge, Forbidden Brides, and many more.

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Dark Horse is Adapting American Gods into Comics and Graphic Novels

Dark Horse has announced the adaptation of American Gods into comic book form. Originally published in 2001 by William Morrow and Headline, American Gods is a Hugo and Nebula Award–winning novel by Neil Gaiman. This is the latest Gaiman adaptation from Dark Horse, preceded by graphic novel adaptations of How to Talk to Girls at Parties, Troll Bridge, Forbidden Brides, and many more. Starz will also premiere an American Gods TV show in spring 2017, adapted by Bryan Fuller.

Dark Horse tapped P. Craig Russell —who, having worked on Coraline and The Graveyard Book, is no stranger to adapting Neil Gaiman’s work— to adapt and co-write the comic series, while Scott Hampton lends his illustrative skills to the complex world Gaiman created. Glenn Fabry and Adam Brown create the hauntingly beautiful cover art. David Mack and Dave McKean provide variant covers for the first issue. The American Gods comic series will feature guest interior art by Walt Simonson, Mark Buckingham, Colleen Doran, P. Craig Russell, and more.

American Gods: Shadows #1 finds Shadow Moon released from jail only to discover his wife has died. Broken and uncertain about his future, Shadow Moon meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday, who employs him to serve as his bodyguard. This fateful decision thrusts Shadow into a deadly supernatural world where ghosts of the past come back from the dead, and a brewing war between old and new gods hits a boiling point.

Dark Horse will adapt American Gods into twenty-seven single issues with three story arcs: Shadows, My Ainsel, and The Moment of the Storm, to be collected into three hardcover graphic novels. The first issue of American Gods: Shadows goes on sale March 15, 2017.

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Preview: The Michael Moorcock Library: Elric Vol. 3 – The Dreaming City

THE MICHAEL MOORCOCK LIBRARY: ELRIC VOL. 3 – THE DREAMING CITY

Writer: Roy Thomas (The Avengers, Conan the Barbarian, Iron Man)
Artists: P. Craig Russell (Killraven, Sandman, Coraline)
FC – 64PP – $14.99 – On sale in stores: Jul 13

Following his triumphant return to the city of Imrryr, Elric: The Dreaming City chronicles the Eternal Champion’s most epic adventure to date as he attempts to reclaim the Ruby Throne, rescue his beloved, Cymoril, and reconcile with his damaged psyche.

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Preview: Michael Moorcock Library: Elric Vol. 3 – The Dreaming City

MICHAEL MOORCOCK LIBRARY: ELRIC VOL. 3 – THE DREAMING CITY

Writer: Roy Thomas (The AvengersConan the BarbarianIron Man)
Artists: P. Craig Russell (KillravenSandmanCoraline)
Page Count: 64pp
Retail Price: $14.99
On sale Date: June 22, 2016
March PREVIEWS Order Code: MAR161735

Following his triumphant return to the city of Imrryr, Elric: The Dreaming City chronicles the Eternal Champion’s most epic adventure to date as he attempts to reclaim the Ruby Throne, rescue his beloved, Cymoril, and reconcile with his damaged psyche.

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Preview: The Michael Moorcock Library Vol. 2 – Elric: Sailor on the Seas of Fate

THE MICHAEL MOORCOCK LIBRARY VOL.2 – ELRIC: SAILOR ON THE SEAS OF FATE

WRITERS: Roy Thomas
ARTISTS: Michael T. Gilbert and P. Craig Russell
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
PAGE-COUNT: 216
FORMAT: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781782762898
PRICE: $29.99

Collecting the second volume of the classic comic adaptation of Michael Moorcock’s bestselling fantasy saga, The Sailor on The Seas of Fate chronicles Elric’s adventures across a supernatural sea where the lines between time and reality blur, Eternal Champions abound, and otherworldly foes threaten very fabric of the universe!

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