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Die Levels Up with a Second Printing

Image Comics has rolled a natural 20 with Die #2 which will be fast-tracked to a second printing in order to keep up with consumer enthusiasm for the new series by New York Times bestselling creator Kieron Gillen and artist Stephanie Hans.

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. The series is perhaps best described as “Goth Jumanji”—but that only captures a sliver of what you’ll find in this series where fantasy gets all too real.

Die #2, 2nd printing (Diamond Code DEC188162), Die #3 Cover A by Hans (Diamond Code DEC180240), and Die #3 Cover B by Bartel (Diamond Code DEC180241) will all be available on Wednesday, Feb 6. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, Jan 14. Fans can also subscribe to receive the series delivered by mail within the domestic U.S. on Image Direct.

Die #2 2nd printing

Preview: Asgardians of the Galaxy #5

Asgardians of the Galaxy #5

(W) Cullen Bunn (A) Matteo Lolli, Stephanie Hans, Luca Maresca (CA) Dale Keown, Jason Keith
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 16, 2019
SRP: $3.99

RAGNAROK IS HERE!

It’s the final battle for Earth as the Asgardians take on Nebula’s full armada! But the undead may be the least of their problems. Just want is their supposed ally Loki up to now? Don’t miss the end of the first thrilling arc!

Asgardians of the Galaxy #5

Die with Kieron Gillen & Stephanie Hans. Listen on Demand

Die is a pitch-black fantasy published by Image Comics where a group of forty-something adults have to deal with the returning unearthly horror they barely survived as teenage role-players. If Kieron’s in a rush, he describes it as “Goth Jumanji.” That only captures a sliver of what you’ll find in oversized debut issue—where fantasy gets all too real.

I got to interview two of the biggest talents making comics today: Gillen and Hans.

Kieron Gillen is an award-winning writer based in London, Britain. He is best known as the co-creator of The Wicked + the Divine and Phonogram. His comics work has been published by basically everyone and he’s written all the Marvel superheroes you’ve heard of and a few you’ve haven’t. He has written extensively for Star Wars, and is the co-creator of Doctor Aphra. Die is his latest ongoing comic. He mainly plays fighters with big mouths.

Stephanie Hans is an artist based in Toulouse, France. She is one of the most prolific and in demand cover artists in the anglophone sphere, and has worked for all the major comic publishers. Her sequential work has been seen in the Wicked + the Divine, Spider-Man, Angela, Journey into Mystery and Batwoman. Die is her first ongoing comic. She mainly plays wizards with big swords.

Discussing:

  • Role Playing Games is being in a band, but for story-telling.
  • Wrestling with Tolkien
  • RPG handling of class and Class, race and Race.
  • “If anyone is going to pick up on that it’s Elana”
  • “All the metal album covers are real”
  • Fantasy is a peacock
  • The birth of the 90s
  • Gaming and comics as collective storytelling
  • Sensitive metal-heads
  • And which new RPGs to pick up!

Die Gets a 2E with a New Printing

Image Comics has announced that Die #1has been greenlit for a second printing to keep up with this week’s overwhelming consumer enthusiasm for the new series by New York Times bestselling creator Kieron Gillen and artist Stephanie HansDie is Gillen’s first new ongoing series at Image Comics on the tails of The Wicked + The Divine’s success and marks Hans’ debut as a co-creator and series artist. 

Die is a pitch-black fantasy where a group of forty-something adults have to deal with the returning unearthly horror they barely survived as teenage role-players. If Kieron’s in a rush, he describes it as “Goth Jumanji.” That only captures a sliver of what you’ll find in the oversized debut issue—where fantasy gets all too real.

Die #1, 2nd printing (Diamond Code OCT188783), Die #2 Cover A by Hans (Diamond Code NOV180129), and Die #2 Cover B by Jana Schirmer (Diamond Code NOV180130) will be available on Wednesday, January 9th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, December 10th.

Review: Die #1

Die #1 is a strange beast. It’s part love letter to the fantasy genre, and it’s part puking revulsion and wanting to move on with your life. Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans’ story begins in 1991 when a teenager Sol decides to run a custom fantasy RPG for his and his friend Ash’s 16th birthday and invites Ash’s sister cyberpunk obsessed Angela and their friends Chuck, Isabelle, and Matt to play. Sol makes a big deal of how the RPG isn’t your run of the mill Dungeon and Dragons clone with the interesting gameplay mechanism of having a character roll a certain “die” depending on their personality. However, once the dice are rolled, scary unseen things happen to the party, Sol goes missing and is presumed dead, and the story jumps to the characters in their forties.

Gillen writing middle aged characters is quite a treat, and Hans’ art is both immersive and tragic. She shows some amazing depths as a cartoonist that I noticed most not in the rain swept vistas or introduction to the RPG turned real life fantasy world, but in the not so pretty faces of characters like Chuck. Up to this point in her career, Hans has drawn badass lesbian angel bounty hunters, problematic white girls dressing up like Japanese deities, Norse trickster gods, and the Father of Lies himself in Vertigo’s Lucifer, but Die #1 shows that she gets ordinary people too while still displaying amazing command of light and atmosphere. Every time a die is thrown, the page is vivisected into points of light, and the barrier between our world and the fantasy one is non-existent. People talking in shadow filled rooms is nice, but Die really reaches another gear when Hans gets to draw panel after panel of fantasy environment and put the main characters into their in-game “costumes”.

However, she doesn’t skimp on the kids in a room talking shit about a game part either, and Gillen definitely takes his time in Die #1 establishing the ensemble of characters and the mystery of the Grandmaster and this RPG world before a big time final page cliffhanger. From his work on well-crafted series like WicDiv and Journey into Mystery, he knows that giving away too much about the world and the underpinnings could lead to disinterest so Gillen leaves out much of the world-building minutia and spends time on the interactions between the main cast of characters and using the game to fill it out like Sol’s pretentious girlfriend Isabelle, who creates a way too cool for school character and chides him for not reading the Mervyn Peake novel she lent him.

Thankfully, knowledge of table top RPG and high or portal fantasy (Think Chronicles of Narnia) ephemera aren’t required for Die #1, which has a simple and accessible core centered around childhood friends who have grown apart and are trying to reconnect after experiencing a tragedy at a young age. It’s like Stand By Me 20 Years Later, but more DnD, or Stranger Things if the main young male cast plus Eleven experienced the events of the show, but no one else did. But, unlike this slowly improving TV show, Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans aren’t really beholden to any kind of nostalgia except for the long lasting kind of the first time you dip into an epic fantasy series, roll a D20 during your first DnD campaign, or wander around an open world fantasy RPG.

Die #1 is a book where you kind of geek out about the formerly drably dressed kids/40-somethings in full epic mode with swords, cool hair, and jewelry and then realize that they’re only in this world because they were transported by an object with the blood of their long lost friend. Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Han don’t treat the fantasy elements of Die like an adventure, but more like a mystery or something freakier. What happened to them at Ash and Sol’s 16th birthday is something so traumatic that they haven’t spoken about it in decades, and it shows even though we only get the slightest of details about what went on towards the end of the comic.

Stephanie Hans shows these unspoken moments through silent panels of people walking, rain falling, and keeps her color palette low before going a little dream world for the die throwing sequences and bright for the scenes in the fantasy world. The group of friends might exchange friendly small talk when they meet up to discuss Sol and the bloody D20, but there is a strain to their relationship that is revealed through Kieron Gillen’s caption boxes and the shadows in Hans’ art. It’s the awkwardness of meeting with people who once meant a great deal to you, but not for some time combined with the dredging of old trauma.

I’m here for Stephanie Hans’ fantasy world construction in Die and Kieron Gillen’s tempering of the joy of fantasy with the horror of loss. Die #1 makes a smart choice by presenting character dynamics in the foreground and cool, scary fantasy world-building in the background. But Hans’ memorable visuals is what will stick with me the most. Never has the casual roll of dice had so much power.

Story: Kieron Gillen Art: Stephanie Hans Letters: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Sparrowhawk #1

Sparrowhawk #1

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Delilah S. Dawson
Artist: Matias Basla
Cover Artists:
Main Cover:
Miguel Mercado
    Incentive Cover: Stephanie Hans
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Price: $3.99

Teen Victorian fairy fight club!

As the illegitimate daughter of a Naval Captain, Artemesia has never fit in with her father’s family, nor the high class world to which they belong. However, when she is targeted by the Faerie Queen and pulled into another realm, she has no choice but to try and save the world that has always hated her.

Writer Delilah S. Dawson (Hellboy: An Assortment of Horror, Star Wars: Forces of Destiny) and artist Matias Basla (The Claw and Fang) present a beautiful, gripping tale perfect for fans of Labyrinth and Princeless.

Gamemasters Kieron Gillen & Stephanie Hans roll out all new series in DIE

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.

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.

BOOM! Releases a First Look at Sparrowhawk #1 from Delilah S. Dawson and Matias Basla

BOOM! Studios has unveiled a first look at Sparrowhawk #1, the hotly-anticipated new five-issue limited series from acclaimed writer Delilah S. Dawson and rising star artist Matias Basla debuting in stores on October 3rd.

Artemisia is the daughter of a Naval Captain born of two very different worlds and she’s never fit in with her father’s family, nor the high-class life to which they belong in the complicated time that is the Victorian Era of London, 1851. But Art’s about to pulled into another realm with even deadlier threats courtesy of the Faerie Queen and now must find a way to save her home world that has always hated her.

Sparrowhawk #1 features a main cover by Miguel Mercado and a variant cover by Stephanie Hans.

SDCC 2018: Delilah S. Dawson and Matias Basla’s Sparrowhawk Comes to BOOM! this October

BOOM! Studios continues The Road to San Diego, a ten-day spotlight on the most exciting comic book and graphic novel news in advance of San Diego Comic Con in San Diego (July 18-22), with the announcement of Sparrowhawk #1, kicking off a new five issue limited series in October 2018 from the acclaimed writer Delilah S. Dawson and rising star artist Matias Basla.

As the daughter of a Naval Captain born of two very different worlds, Artemesia has never fit in with her father’s family, nor the high-class life to which they belong in the complicated time that is London, 1851. However, when she is targeted by the Faerie Queen and pulled into another realm with even deadlier threats than she’s experienced in the Victorian Era, Art finds she has no choice but to try and save the world that has always hated her.

Sparrowhawk #1 features a main cover by Miguel Mercado and a variant cover by Stephanie Hans.

Preview: Barbarella #4

Barbarella #4

writer: Mike Carey
artist: Jorge Fornés
covers: Stephane Roux (A), Vincent Aseo (B), Stephanie Hans (C), Goran Sudžuka (D), Kenan Yarar (E-Sub)
Stephane Roux (RI-B/W), Vincent Aseo (RI-Virgin), Stephanie Hans (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Mature

Barbarella may have narrowly averted a galactic war—as only she could—but she’s still in need of a null-d regulator. Hitching a ride on a cargo transport seems like a no-brainer, but these great seas in the final frontier are rife with pirates! Plus: someone’s about to learn first-hand the dangers of emotional intimacy!

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