Comic book lovers know Neil Gaiman as the author of the wildly popular Sandman series. Genre fans love Neil Gaiman for his novels like Neverwhere and Good Omens (with the late Sir Terry Pratchett). Now Gaiman is returning to his roots and combining the two worlds with an adaptation of his 2017 book Norse Mythology that will soon become a comic series from Dark Horse Comics. Let’s take a look at what we know about the upcoming Norse Mythology comic series from Neil Gaiman.
Norse Mythology Will Bring Old Gods To Life In Comic Form
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Gaiman’s 2017 book told the myths of popular Norse gods like Odin; Thor, Loki, and many more in novel form. The official synopsis for the book tells us that “Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc. It begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants. Once, when Thor’s hammer is stolen, Thor must disguise himself as a woman―difficult with his beard and huge appetite―to steal it back. More poignant is the tale in which the blood of Kvasir―the most sagacious of gods―is turned into a mead that infuses drinkers with poetry. The work culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and rebirth of a new time and people.”
The action and adventure inherent in Norse Mythology – along with the incredibly vivid and detailed depiction of the gods – make the novel perfect for comic book format. Dark Horse has recruited many of its most prominent artists to work on the adaptation. The primary artist on the first issue is P. Craig Russell, but many others are involved in bringing Asgard to life. Among these is Hellboy creator Mike Mignola; and artists Jerry Ordway, Dave Stewart, and Lovern Kindzierski.
There will also be an exclusive variant cover for the first issue of Norse Mythology, illustrated by Bill Sienkiewicz. This variant will be sold by Dark Horse Direct and is available now for preorder.
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Returning To His Roots With Norse Mythology
Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by Norse mythology. And many of these mythical figures appear in other novels of his such as American Gods where Odin is one of the main protagonists. In a statement Gaiman said that he “fell in love with the Norse gods from reading about them in comics as a boy. So it’s only fitting that they return to the medium that started it. I cannot wait to see P. Craig Russell and his collaborators tell the old stories for a new generation.”
Thanks to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, genre fans are familiar with characters like Thor, Loki, Odin, and the goddess Freya. But how many know the original stories that brought them into pop culture? With Norse Mythology, Gaiman says that he has “tried my best to retell these myths and stories as accurately as I can, and as interestingly as I can.”
The first issue of Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman will be out from Dark Horse Comics on October 30. There are 18 issues planned with a rotating door of great artists who will depict these legends in comic form. Keep an eye on Comic Years via Facebook and Twitter for our review of the first issue of Norse Mythology when it drops at the end of the month.
Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.