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Die #4 is Rushed Back for a Third Printing

New York Times bestselling creator Kieron Gillen and artist Stephanie Hans’ series Die is being sent back to print yet again. This time Die #4 will be rushed back to print in order to keep up with demand.

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 #4, third printing (Diamond Code MAR198647) and will be available on Wednesday, May 29. The final order cutoff for retailers is Monday, May 6.

Die #4 3rd printing

Review: Die #5

Die #5

The ending of the first arc of Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans’ Die is loud, flashy, and creates a completely new premise for the series while still riffing on RPGs and never growing up. It starts as the third act of a high concept fantasy film before turning into some fourth wall breaking The Lego Movie meets Chronicles of Narnia metafiction, yet darker and then goes full hog horror.

In Die #5, the main party of Ash, Chuck, Matt, Angela, and Isabelle have to defeat Sol, the Grandmaster so they can go home to their homes and lives in the “real world” because the game only ends when whole party unanimously wants it to end. But it isn’t that easy. Some characters, like “The Fool” Chuck and divorced school teacher Isabelle, actually enjoy traveling a multi genre encompassing fantasy landscape that in this issue alone is a little cyberpunk, a little Wizard of Oz, and has a Dungeons and Dragons approach to divinity. And, then, there’s the whole dark ending part that establishes the new stakes and antagonists for the series. Gillen and Hans really fuck with whatever fantasy genre/RPG tropes expectations you had for the series.

As Die goes from a hazy flashback to the “real world” to Glass Town, Eternal Prussia, and various fantasy landscapes, Stephanie Hans’ gift for color palette and creating an immersive fantasy setting is on full display. Statues, temples, gods, dark corridors, a bit of old school hacking, and yes, dragons are all in her repertoire, and the way each character uses their class abilities is quite distinct too like the red flash whenever Ash does dictator things. It’s a world that you could definitely imagine a straight, dark fantasy series with touches of cyberpunk taking place in, which makes Gillen and Hans’ rejection of the premise so radical.

Hans’ work has real emotion too from the smiles and soft yellows of young Dominic Ash and Sol as they play with a cool Lego castle in the opening flashback to after various pyrotechnics, Ash and Sol throw down in the world of Die. Their relationship is the beating heart of the series so far, and even though Sol is a total asshole, who ripped his friends from their mostly happy lives to play a game, it hurts when they fight and converse in the issue’s final moments. With black narrative captions from Clayton Cowles, Ash steels herself to take out Sol and go home, but her internal conflict is the complete opposite of her confident “team leader” style dialogue. Her actions in this issue definitely have messed Ash up as a character as the series progresses.

In Die #5, Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans create an intriguing fantasy world and RPG system and then topple it, both visually and in the plot. They take the premise of never leaving Narnia and dial up the darkness and horror that is baked into that idea. Also, having middle aged people in a fantasy RPG setting makes for some interesting characterization although this issue is predominantly action-driven.

One last thing, you should definitely check out the essay Gillen pens at the end of the comic. For reasons.

Story: Kieron Gillen Art: Stephanie Hans Letters: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Die #5 is Heading Back for a New Printing

Image Comics has announced that New York Times bestselling creator Kieron Gillen and artist Stephanie Hans’ Die #5 will be rushed back to print in order to keep up with demand for the story arc’s jaw-dropping conclusion issue.

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 #5, second printing (Diamond Code FEB198781) and will be available on Wednesday, May 1. The final order cutoff for retailers is Monday, April 8.

Die #5, second printing

Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans’ Die #2 and Die #3 Get New Printings

Image Comics has announced that New York Times bestselling creator Kieron Gillen and artist Stephanie Hans’ Die #2 and Die #3 are both being rushed back to print in order to keep up with growing demand for the series.

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, fourth printing (Diamond Code FEB198467) will be available on Wednesday, April 24. The final order cutoff deadline for comic shop retailers is Monday, April 1.

Die #3, third printing (Diamond Code FEB198468) will be available on Wednesday, April 24. The final order cutoff deadline for comic shop retailers is Monday, April 1

Die #2, fourth printing
Die #3, third printing

Kireon Gillen and Stephanie Hans’ Die #1 Gets a Fifth Printing

Image ComicsDie #1 by New York Times bestselling creator Kieron Gillen and artist Stephanie Hans is being rushed back for an encore fifth printing due to overwhelming fan interest in the series and to keep up with the series’ breakneck growth.

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 #1, 5th printing (Diamond Code FEB198164) and will be available on Wednesday, April 17. The final order cutoff deadline for comic shop retailers is Monday, March 25.

Die #1 5th printing

Die #4 Heads Back to Print

Image Comics is pleased to announce that New York Times bestselling creator Kieron Gillen and artist Stephanie Hans’ Die #4 is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with the overwhelming fan enthusiasm.

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.

In Die #4 our heroes reach the civilization of Glass Town and do what heroes have always done upon reaching civilization. As in, go to the pub. As it’s Die, you can guess people don’t exactly get happy drunk.

Die #4, second printing (Diamond Code JAN199370) and will be available on Wednesday, April 10. The final order cutoff deadline for comic shop retailers is Monday, March 18.

Die #4, second printing

Multiple Issues of Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans’ Die Get New Printings

Image Comics has announced that creator Kieron Gillen and artist Stephanie Hans’ Die #2 and Die #3 will both be rushed back to print in order to keep up with growing demand for the series. 

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, third printing (Diamond Code JAN198202) and Die #3, second printing (Diamond Code JAN198203) will be available on Wednesday, March 13. The final order cutoff deadline for comic shop retailers is Monday, Feb 18.

Die #4 Cover A by Hans (Diamond Code JAN190292) and Die #4 Cover B by Christian Ward (Diamond Code JAN190293) will be available on Wednesday, March 6.

Die #2, third printing
Die #3, second printing

Die #1 Levels Up for a Third Printing

Image Comics has announced that New York Times bestselling  creator Kieron Gillen and artist Stephanie Hans’ Die #1 will be rushed to a third printing in order to keep up with growing demand. 

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 #1, 3rd printing (Diamond Code DEC188797) will be available on Wednesday, Feb 20. The final order cutoff deadline for comic shop retailers is Monday, Jan 28.

Die #2, 2nd printing (Diamond Code DEC188162) will be available on Wednesday, Feb 13.

Die #3 Cover A by Hans (Diamond Code DEC180240) and Die #3 Cover B by Bartel (Diamond Code DEC180241) will be available on Wednesday, Feb 6.

Die #1

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
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