2017 may very well be the year of American Gods. Not only will Starz debut showrunner Bryan Fuller’s TV series sometime next year (Fuller will also be doubling down on his showrunning duties with the hotly anticipated Star Trek: Discovery), but Dark Horse Comics will also release a comic book version of Neil Gaiman’s popular fantasy novel. Now, how awesome is that?
According to Entertainment Weekly, the graphic novel will consist of 27 issues split into 3 main story arcs titled Shadows, My Ainsel and The Moment of the Storm. The storyline will begin with ex-convict Shadow Moon (played by The 100’s Ricky Whittle in the upcoming series) being hired as a bodyguard by (and embarking on a road trip with) a mysterious con-man named Mr. Wednesday (portrayed by Ian McShane) — aka the All-Father, aka Odin — after he leaves prison in the wake of his wife Laura's death.
In the book, which the comics will follow, Shadow finds himself in the middle of a war brewing between the old gods of ancient myths who’ve immigrated to America, and the new gods reflecting modern society’s love of money, media, technology, drugs and the like.
The graphic novel will be penned by comic book writer, artist and illustrator extraordinaire P. Craig Russell (Coraline, The Graveyard Book, The Sandman) and drawn by Scott Hampton (Sandman Presents: Lucifer). Both Russell and Hampton are familiar with Gaiman’s work, which actually fills me with confidence that the comic adaptation will shine. Oh, and there’s also the little fact that Eisner Award-winning comic book artists Glenn Fabry and Adam Brown will provide covers for the comic issues. Just look at that AMAZING cover below!! Here’s what Gaiman had to say:
“There’s a tremendous amount of excitement, in my house and in the world, about the American Gods TV series coming up on Starz. What we’ve managed to keep a secret until now is that there is something just as exciting out there: American Gods, the comic. I’ve been watching P. Craig Russell breaking down the book into comic form, watching Scott Hampton painting the pages, watching Glenn Fabry create the covers, and grinning to myself with delight, because the American Gods comic is going to be an astonishing, faithful, and beautiful adaptation.”
As for Starz’s American Gods TV series, it stars Gillian Anderson, Pablo Schreiber, Emily Browning, Yetide Badaki, Jeremy Davies, Bruce Langley, Crispin Glover, Orlando Jones, Peter Stormare, Cloris Leachman, Jonathan Tucker, Corbin Bernsen, Demore Barnes, Mousa Kraish, Chris Obi and Omid Abtahi.
The first issue of Dark Horse’s American Gods will arrive in comic book stores on March 15, 2017.